About Fighting Blindness
Fighting Blindness is an Irish patient-led charity funding and enabling world-leading research into treatments and cures for blindness. Also providing a professional counselling service for people and families affected by sight loss, and is extremely active in the area of advocacy and patient empowerment.
Originally set up as a support group in by families affected by retinitis pigmentosa, Fighting Blindnesshave listened to our members’ needs and evolved to encompass more eye conditions (rare, genetic, age-related and degenerative), developing services to meet the growing need for supports in the sight loss community,
Fighting Blindness promote and facilitate the development of therapies which are accessible to all patients affected by sight loss. Since 1983 they have invested over €17 million in over 90 research projects.
All research funded and engaged with will align with the following principles, in terms of development and delivery:
- Diagnostics including genetics, phenotyping and retinal imaging
- Therapeutics such as gene therapy, novel drugs, retinal implants and optogenetics
- Cell technology and regenerative medicine
- Population studies.
The Insight Counselling Service provides support for people and families who are living with sight loss. It is not just the individual who may need support, but his/her partner, children, extended family and friends. Fighting Blindness work with all those affected, directly and indirectly, by sight loss.
As well as counselling services there are a number of peer to peer support services available, including the Visionaries School of the Arts, Exchange (Technology) Club and Mindfulness Group. For more on the support services please contact John or Mahon on 01 674 6496.
Fighting Blindness advocates on behalf of everyone in Ireland affected by severe vision impairment. Working in partnership with stakeholder groups in the areas of health, science, industry and government to ensure that the patient voice is represented in all matters. Fighting Blindness advocates for equitable access to existing treatments, novel therapies and appropriate care.