Research funded by generous donors to Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation is improving treatment for a common but serious eye infection.
It is called herpes simplex keratitis. And yes, it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, or HSV-1. More than two thirds of the world’s population under 50 (around 3.7 billion people) have the herpes virus during their lifetime, but not everyone shows symptoms.
Our peak body the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology have indicated that now is the time if you have cataracts or other problems to go and get them sorted out, so, at the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation where interested in your eye health and would encourage you to go back and see your eye specialist.
With your support, Sydney Eye Hospital is tackling antimicrobial resistance in relation to corneal infections.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health threat. When bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, it means medication is no longer effective. It’s a serious issue that’s predicted to escalate in the future.
One of the most common reasons people need care at Sydney Eye Hospital is an infection of the cornea.
What’s more, one of the most common causes of corneal infection is herpes simplex keratitis. It’s a major cause of blindness, is irreversible and affects all ages.
Meet they Sydney Eye Hospital Foundations Fellows for 2020. Supporting Sydney Eye Hospital in this extremely difficult year during the COVID-19 outbreak.
New Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Chief Executive, Linda Fagan acknowledges the world has turned on its head since commencing in March.
“It’s heart-warming to see the Australian community responding to this global health crisis and our thoughts are with all those deeply affected.
Ophthalmologists are typically only several inches away from patients during eye examination: this is thought to place them at a higher risk of catching illnesses such as COVID-19 from patients than most other specialists.
However, the current pandemic has not stopped the flow of emergency presentations to Sydney Eye Hospital, and the team remains committed to saving sight. Minimising the risks to both patients, their families and medical staff has been a key focus.
Prof Gerard Sutton is an ophthalmic surgeon and Professor of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology here at Sydney Eye Hospital.
He recently gave a radio interview on the problem of eye health during the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires.
Your support of Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation has helped fund a clinical study by Professor Mark Gillies that could help save the sight of millions. Diabetic macular edema, or DME, can be a devastating condition for people with diabetes around the world, causing complete loss of sight if it’s left untreated. It’s caused when fluid builds up because of leaking blood vessels in the macula – a small but very important area at the back of the eyeball.
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