Welcome to the Fighting for Sight Aberdeen website.
Fantastic news about fundraising for a Specular microscope. The target has been reached and surpassed by patient Simon Robertson who has raised an amazing £32,800! Simon raised £9,500 on the Ben Nevis charity challenge with Team Get Hooked and then with his wife they held a fundraiser at the Marcliffe and raised a further £23,300 to total over £32,800! The machine has now been purchased and arrived in the department very recently. This equipment allows us to evaluate the cornea (transparent layer at the front of the eye) before and after corneal transplant. A massive thank you to Simon and team with their fundraising efforts.
Our new target is £50,000 towards an Eyesi. The Eyesi Surgical is a high-end virtual reality simulator for intraocular surgical training. The Eyesi Surgical platform can be equipped with an interface for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery and software modules provide the actual training content. We are looking to provide part of the funding to have a simulator for trainees here in the North East of Scotland. Currently the trainees have to travel to the central belt of Scotland to have the opportunity to train using this virtual reality simulator. Below is an image of the equipment that we are fundraising for. If you can help please contact us or use the JustGiving link to make a donation.
Fighting for Sight was established in 2001 to protect the vision of people in Grampian. The charity is based in the Eye-out patient department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Vision loss affects a patient’s independence, mobility and quality of life. 800 patients are seen every week in the Eye Out-patient Department and 3500 people are registered blind or partially sighted every year in Grampian. 91% of the money donated to, and raised by Fighting for Sight, is put back in to the charity.
Fighting for Sight aims to; (1) support high-quality clinical research focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of eye diseases, (2) equip, furnish and maintain the clinical research centre, (3) fund a part-time clinical research scientist and (4) promote patient education and support.
Successful fund raising has not only allowed the building of the “Fighting for Sight Clinical Research Centre” adjacent to the Eye Clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but also continues to allow the purchase cutting edge equipment for the clinic and fund on-going research.