Research brings us closer to finding ways to prevent and treat diseases, and specialist equipment plays a vital part. We desperately need a new, state-of-the-art anterior segment imaging machine to enable our clinicians to view detailed images of the front part of a child’s eye and drive forward a number of exciting research projects in areas such as childhood cataracts and the genetic causes of childhood blindness.
Wendy was born with congenital cataracts, which has affected her whole life. She has no 3D vision and poor spatial awareness, so she frequently falls or bumps into people.
Wendy is now the mother of four-year-old Harriet, who has inherited the same condition. Harriet had bilateral cataract surgery when she was just four months old – a difficult operation on a child so young.
Dr Annegret Dahlmann-Noor, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital , said: "The impact of sight loss on children’s lives can be devastating. Through our family support service we make sure families receive all the help and support we can give them. Yet, how much better would it be if we could prevent or treat the diseases that lead to severe sight impairment or blindness in childhood?"
The anterior segment imaging machine is particularly important as the machine can image the front of the eye very quickly, which is a huge help when dealing with patients who find it difficult to sit still for very long.
Your support for our research could mean that our consultants can develop even better treatments for children like Harriet.
This research project is led by Dr Annegret Dahlmann-Noor and Dr Mariya Moosajee at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
We need your help to raise at least £60,000 to purchase this much needed imaging machine. Please help Moorfields to take this stride forward by making a donation today.