Fight for Sight, the main UK charity that funds pioneering eye research into preventing sight loss and treating eye disease, has been named as the official charity partner for 100% Optical.

During the three day event, held on Saturday 7 – Monday 9 February 2015 at London’s Excel, there will be opportunities to hear about the vital eye research work that Fight for Sight funds. Opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists and dispensing opticians will be encouraged to attend educational seminars including a range of talks organised by Fight for Sight.

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Professor Peter Coffey, from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, will talk about the development of ground breaking stem cell therapies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) including innovative delivery, surgical and imaging techniques.

Professor John Dart, at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and a Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital, is a specialist in inflammatory and infectious eye disease. The session will cover his team's research work into Acanthamoeba keratitis, including those studies investigating the current outbreak of the disease, and the reasons for the severe inflammation that this infection causes in many patients.

Professor Julie Daniels, also at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, will talk about the use of corneal stem cells and tissue engineering to maintain the essential transparency of the cornea in light of a global shortage of donor tissue and the relative short term benefits of corneal transplantation.

There will also be talks from Fight for Sight funded Clinical Research Fellows, including Dr John Bladen, at The Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine, QMUL, who will present his research into aggressive eyelid tumours requiring tissue destructive and occasionally blinding surgery.

Julian Jackson, Fight for Sight’s Director of Development said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the 100% Optical’s charity partner. The event attracts thousands of people within the optical sector. It’s a crucial opportunity for us to raise awareness of the pioneering research that we are funding at 35 universities and hospitals across the country.

“However, despite the incredible advances being made in eye research and the amazing work in detection, diagnosis and treatments by the eye health professionals, there are still 100 people who will start to lose their sight every day in the UK and Fight for Sight is determined to make sight loss a thing of the past.”

Nathan Garnett, Event Director for 100% Optical said: “It is fantastic for us to be working alongside such an established and worthy charity such as Fight for Sight. It has been funding eye research for nearly 50 years and it’s a natural fit with 100% Optical and our target audience. We are looking forward to building the partnership and working closely together to raise awareness and funds in the lead up, during and after the 100% Optical show.”