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Ageing Eye Disease Forum offers some top tips for keeping your eyes healthy

Ageing Eye Disease Forum offers some top tips for keeping your eyes healthy

Emerging gene and stem cell therapy, retinal stimulation and new laser treatments were on the agenda at our Ageing Eye Disease Community Forum on 29 May.

Eighty CERA supporters attended the event to hear from Principal Investigator in Macular Research Professor Robyn Guymer, Senior Research Coordinator Lauren Hodgson and Research Fellows Dr Carla Abbott, Dr Flora Hui and Dr Isabel Lopez Sanchez.

Our Managing Director Professor Keith Martin shared his experiences as a glaucoma researcher and specialist, and his vision to establish Melbourne as a Centre for Excellence for Ocular Gene and Cell Therapy – giving local patients access to world-leading treatments.

And he also had some practical advice for our audience. When asked by one of our long-time supporters what older people could do to keep their eyes healthy – he offered the following top tips:

  1. Have regular eye tests – a lot of damage to vision is caused before you notice you have a problem, so it’s critical to get your eyes checked regularly
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Eat leafy green vegetables – there’s emerging evidence this can make a difference for diseases like age-related macular degeneration
  4. Exercise – there’s strong evidence about the benefit of regular, moderate exercise – not only for your eyes but also your health.

CERA’s Head of Philanthropy and Fundraising, Sarah Rainbird, who compered the event, said the community forums were an important way of connecting with CERA’s supporters.

“We are eternally grateful for the support we receive from our generous donors, people who show an interest in our research and take part in our clinical trials,’’ she said.

“Our community forums are a great way for us to share our knowledge and expertise and say thank you to the many people who make our research possible.’’

The next community forum – Looking to the Future – which will cover the latest developments in gene and stem cell therapies, diabetic retinopathy and the use of artificial intelligence in eye research – will be held on World Sight Day, Thursday 10 October.

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