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15 NOVEMBER 2016




As we age, we are at greater risk of particular eye diseases and, if not treated, of losing our sight. Many eye diseases are asymptomatic in their early stages and patients are often unaware of their condition until the disease is more advanced. Eye diseases are also often a co-morbidity to non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes. People suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or cataracts, caused by high blood sugar levels.

A panel of experts from across the eye health field will discuss how sight loss can be prevented through early detection of eye diseases and adequate treatment. A position paper highlighting the need to enhance screening, promote research and increase access to specialists will be presented at the event.

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20 APRIL 2016




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 – A dinner-quiz to better understand the facts and fiction behind healthy eyes and better sight – 

Facts, Fiction and Myopic Myths
Hosted by Marian Harkin MEP 
Wednesday 20th April – 18:45 – 20:45 
(Security clearance 17:30 – 18:30)
European Parliament Members Restaurant, Altiero Spinelli building (ASP) Ground floor. Brussels.

Did you know that over half of all sight loss could be prevented or treated, meaning that millions of people every year could avoid losing their most precious sense. The fact is, many eye problems only give symptoms or signs that you have a problem, when they have been present for a while and when irreversible damage may already have been done. In addition, increased research is needed to improve existing diagnostic tools and treatments and develop innovative cures for eye diseases.

To mark the publication of the updated Your Eyes manual, we are delighted to invite you to a networking dinner/quiz in support of early diagnosis, better preventative management and better vision. At appropriate intervals during our dinner, we shall host a fun-based knowledge quiz focusing on the facts, fiction and myths around eye prevention and treatment and a few questions on the economic facts around blindness too. It will be a great opportunity for you to participate, learn and to hear from professionals, engaged in prevention, treatment and research. You will be provided with your own personal voting pad and all responses will be anonymous.

By downloading the ‘Your Eyes’ manual and studying this before the quiz, you’ll have a head-start in knowing answers to some of the questions we shall ask on the night. Why not do this now and register your attendance at the same time. We very much look forward to meeting with you at our event.

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Download ‘Your Eyes – Better Sight’ manual HERE

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An event in co-hosted by:

European Forum Against Blindness (EFAB)  is an independent, multi-stakeholder advocacy platform. It currently represents four partner organizations, including the AMD Alliance International (AMDAI), the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO), the European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) and the International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF-Europe).  The group aims to act as a platform to bring together key third parties (patient groups, healthcare professionals, policymakers and advocacy groups) across Europe, to jointly and collectively increase awareness of and attention to the importance of vision health and retina diseases in particular, and ultimately prevent vision loss through more timely diagnosis and intervention. 

European Coalition for Vision (ECV)  is an alliance of professional bodies, patient groups, European NGOs, disabled people’s organisations, trade associations representing suppliers and research groups.

EU-EYE is an independent organisation comprising 9 European organisations representing over 15,000 medical doctors specialised in the treatment of eye disease and research. As the leading alliance of medical specialists’ organisations in this area, EU-EYE aims to raise political and societal awareness of the importance of basic and clinical research in the field of vision care and science.

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