6/6 is normal vision in the UK, whilst 20/20 is normal vision in the USA.
The date 6-6-2020 presents St Paul’s Eye Unit here in Liverpool with a unique opportunity to promote the importance of sight, because protecting and correcting it will improve the quality of day-to-day life for everyone.
This is why St Paul’s has launched 'Eyes Revealed', and why we are calling on patients, family and friends to get involved and be the first ones to hear the ground-breaking news on how we are tackling blindness.
During the week leading up to 6/6/2020, and on the day itself, we will be showing a series of videos about the eye, vision, commonest causes of sight loss, what people can do to maintain good eye health and what the experts are doing to prevent sight loss.
Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this is set to increase to 4 million by 2050. Every six minutes, someone is told that they are going blind. Losing sight can have a devastating impact on a person and their family and loved ones, which is why our specialists are continually working to pioneer new and more effective treatments.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 2.2 billion people are living with vision impairment or blindness, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment that could be corrected. During the week of Eyes Revealed, our experts will describe the work St Paul’s does for our patients, and the research we do in collaboration with other countries around the world to help develop new therapies and treatments.
Eyes Revealed is support by Medicash, the UK’s oldest and one of the largest healthcare cash plan providers. This support will help us to project key messages about the eye, sight, treatments and research to a wide audience.
Monday 1st June 2020 - 2 prerecorded videos published
- Dr Paul Knox, Reader - There's more to seeing than meets the eye
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Professor Simon Harding, Chair Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology - Diabetes and the Eye. What Can We Do About it?
Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 2.30pm
Eyes Revealed Webinar - Live online presentations
Hosted by Dr Kevin Hamill, Senior Lecturer
- 2.30pm. Professor Simon Harding, Chair Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology - History of St Paul's - 150 years of dedication to patients
- 2.45pm. Matt Roney, Optometrist - The importance of a regular eye examination
- 3.05pm. Dr Victoria Kearns, Senior Lecturer - Pouring oil over troubled retinas: new ways of delivering drugs to the inside of the eye
- 3.25pm. Mr Austin McCormack, Consultant Ophthalmologist - Your eyelids are a high risk area for skin cancer
- 3.45pm. Mr Vito Romano, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Mrs Tobi Somerville, Ophthalmologist - The Cornea - function, correction and infection.
- 4.05pm. Finish
Sign up to this free event below.
Thursday 4th June 2020
- Professor Ian Pearce, Honorary Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology - An Introduction to the Clinical Eye Research Centre at St Paul's Eye Unit
Friday 5th June 2020
- Mr Rob Cheeseman, Consultant Ophthalmologist - The Low Down on Glaucoma
Saturday 6th June - 10am
- Ask the Experts - see below for further information
Eyes Revealed Webinar - Wednesday 3rd June - 2.30pm
Join our panel of experts for this on-line virtual conference from the comfort of your home.
Guests to this free event will discover a fascinating insight into how the eye works and how we work to prevent people losing their sight. We will also touch on our current research programmes and what the next generation of treatments will be.
The 90-minute webinar will be hosted by Dr Kevin Hamill and will feature five specialists covering topics such as the biology of the eye, how vision works, good eye care routines, commonest causes of sight-loss, clinical and research work. Following each presentation, guests will be given the opportunity to ask questions.
You can register for free to the Eyes Revealed Webinar by clicking here
Ask the Experts - Saturday 6th June - 10am
Guests to this one hour event will be able to put questions to our panel of specialists on any eye related topic - such as treatments, the causes of sight loss, support in the community or even research. This is an ideal event for patients, family and friends of people affected by sight loss. To register for this event please click here
- Professor Rachel Williams, Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering
Panel members –
- Mr Mark Batterbury, Consultant Ophthalmologist
- Dr Kevin Hamill, Senior Lecturer
- Professor Simon Harding, Chair Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
- Mrs Teresa Sandinha, Consultant Ophthalmologist
- Mr Tom Sharpe, Optometrist
St Pauls Eye Unit
Two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this is set to increase by 4 million by 2050. Every six minutes, someone is told that they are going blind. Losing sight can have a devastating impact on a person and their family and loved ones, which is why our specialists are continually working to pioneer new and more effective treatments.
Established in 1871 as a hospital, St Paul’s Eye Unit has grown from its humble beginnings to become an internationally renowned centre of excellence for the treatment and research of eye disease.
Medicash’s award-winning policies currently support nearly 300,000 people across the UK to take a positive approach to their health. Medicash’s affordable everyday health plans for individuals and businesses cover everything from optical and dental cover, to specialist consultations, virtual GP appointments and physiotherapy, as well as supporting their physical and mental wellbeing. To learn more about Medicash click here.
Nearly 150 years together
St Paul’s and Medicash were both established in Liverpool in 1871 and celebrate their 150-year anniversary in 2021.
Medicash and St Paul’s first worked together in 1874. St. Paul’s grew far greater than its financial means and despite its efforts to raise money struggled to remain open. Medicash, then known as the Hospital Saturday Fund, placed St Paul’s on a list of selected charities to received financial support and saved it from closure. Both organisations have received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for their services to healthcare - the highest accolade the City can bestow on an organisation.
Even today, Medicash give charitable support to research conducted by St Paul’s Eye Unit. Click here to discover Medicash’s latest support.