Posts By: FFB Canada

Youth Space Spotlight: Stephen

January 17th, 2014 by FFB Canada

1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed? I suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa. I have roughly five degrees of peripheral vision but my central vision remains in good shape (I can read without relying on any visual aids). I was diagnosed when I was in Grade…

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First Gene Therapy Results for Choroideremia Suggest Cautious Optimism

January 16th, 2014 by FFB Canada

The first human trial of a gene therapy for choroideremia has announced preliminary results on six people; two of these patients have experienced significant improvements in vision. The findings were published in the British journal, The Lancet. The novel gene treatment was developed by Dr. Robert MacLaren, at Oxford University, in collaboration with Dr. Miguel…

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Youth Space Spotlight: Jessica

January 16th, 2014 by FFB Canada

1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed? The retinal disease I have is called Stargardt’s. It is when one has no central vision, but the peripheral vision remains. Although the peripheral vision does remain, it varies as to how much or little for every person….

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Youth Space Spotlight: Gavin

January 15th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed? Retinitis Pigmentosa – 5 years old Did vision loss have any impact on your education choices? Due to my vision I got a bursary to attend Appleby College for grade 11 and 12. What do you do for a…

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Top 12 Fundraising Tips for FFB Sight-Savers

January 15th, 2014 by FFB Canada

The Foundation Fighting Blindness mission is supported by a team of incredible online fundraisers we like to call Sight-Savers. Our Sight-Savers are provided with their very own online fundraising page, a chance at great prizes, and helpful fundraising support from our team. Today we’d like to share our Top 12 Fundraising Tips for Sight-Savers. These…

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Message To My Younger Self: Carrie

January 10th, 2014 by FFB Canada

1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you  were diagnosed? I have Usher Syndrome (type 2), which is hearing loss combined with retinitis pigmentosa. I wasn’t correctly diagnosed until age 24 but my symptoms started when I was around 16 with night blindness. My hearing loss began at…

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Allergies May Protect Against AMD

January 8th, 2014 by FFB Canada

A history of allergies may reduce a person’s risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). That is the message of a European study led by a German scientist, Dr. Sascha Fauser, at the University Hospital of Cologne. The study involved over 3,800 Europeans, who were part of a European genetics database. Half had AMD, and…

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Youth Speak Out About Vision Loss

January 5th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Thanks to the support of RBC Foundation, our 2012 Vision Quest conferences in Edmonton and Toronto included Youth Spaces. In each city a panel of youth shared their experiences living with vision loss – there was laughter and a bit of heartache. The silence around the impact of vision loss is profound. Adolescence can be…

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There’s An App For That

January 4th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. Tens of thousands of blind and low vision people are enjoying the fun and simplicity of the revolutionary iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad along with their sighted peers. These devices are considered the closest thing to the ‘holy grail’ – a device that does everything a blind or low…

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The Question Remains

January 4th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Alisha It was a cold night and I was shivering. I peered off into the distance, eager to see any evidence of a bus. I saw familiar lights and a square-faced vehicle inch towards the traffic lights. I couldn’t make out the number on the bus and I couldn’t see the…

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