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UAE 'must create more awareness on glaucoma'

The health authorities in the UAE must create greater awareness on the risk of Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, said a leading eye expert. They must highlight the need for regular screening for older citi

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UK scientists tap gene therapy for blindness

Oxford scientists have set up a biotechnology company to develop the use of gene therapy in treating blindness, and the Wellcome Trust medical charity has invested 12 million pounds ($20 million) in the start-up. NightstaRx plans

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Diabetes 'leading cause of blindness in adults'

Diabetes is a leading cause for blindness among those in the age group between 20 to 74 years as high blood sugar can permanently damage blood vessels in the eyes, said a leading UAE medical expert. The condition, called diabetic

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80pc of blindness 'treatable’

Eighty per cent of blindness is treatable and/or preventable and normal vision could be restored with contact lenses or glasses, said an expert. Dr Tarek Mahmoud, professional marketing manager, Alcon Vision Care ME, was speaking at a work

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Noor Dubai to host charity art event

Noor Dubai Foundation, an international charitable NGO active in the field of blindness prevention, is set to host Art4Sight, an annual charity art event in Dubai this month. The art event which makes a comeback will be held from Apri

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Diabetes issues key topics at congress

The prevention and treatment of diabetes-related blindness and cataracts will be key topics at the upcoming World Ophthalmology Congress 2012 (WOC2012) in Abu Dhabi next month. WOC 2012, which will run at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition

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Daily aspirin tied to risk of vision loss

Seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take the pain reliever, according to a European study. The data do not show that aspirin cause

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StanChart pledges $100m to combat blindness

Standard Chartered will raise $100 million by 2020 to build sustainable eye-care services across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, almost trebling its fundraising for the prevention of blindness from 2003 to date. Standard Chartered made t

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Noor Dubai restores sight for 30,000

Noor Dubai has reported successfully treating 30,000 people in Bangladesh and Sudan for blindness and poor vision. The UAE charity initiative, focused on preventing and treating low vision and curable forms of blindness around the world, u

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Bahrain summit to focus on blindness

The Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIEC) will host the 10th International Congress of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (Meaco). The congress, from March 26 to 30, will be held under the patronage of

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