Walk for Sight for Victoria Eye Unit

PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 20 February 2013

Walk for Sight for Victoria Eye Unit

Walk for Sight for Victoria Eye Unit

Hospital staff and patients walk the Wye for Eye Unit

Walk for sight

Hospital staff and patients walk the Wye for Eye Unit

Four consultant ophthalmologists, nurses and patients from the Victoria Eye Unit at Hereford County Hospital took on the Wye Valley Walk from Hay-on-Wye to Ross-on-Wye via Hereford to raise awareness of the blinding condition, macular degeneration.

Simon Madge walked 24 miles from Hay to Hereford with some of the units nurses and patients; John Deutsch and Rob Doran led a larger party from Ross to Hereford (16 miles), with Alaric Smith (he was on call!), joining them at Fownhope.

Mr Madge said: We are incredibly grateful to all who took part and also to those who have so far donated money for our new macular degeneration equipment.

"I am delighted that the event has been such a success. To be joined on such a serious walking effort by other staff and some of our patients was terrific; it goes to show just how much we all value the vital work of the Victoria Eye Unit. Hopefully our enthusiasm will be mirrored by the generosity of the public in trying to reach our target of 100,000."

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) affects more than 3.5 million people in the UK, and is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50 in the western world. Treatment for the devastating wet type of ARMD has been available in Herefordshire for several years, with Herefords Victoria Eye Unit performing 870 treatments over the past 12 months.

The Victoria Eye Unit is fundraising for two pieces of equipment, both of which are vital for the diagnosis and ongoing treatment of local patients. The first is a special camera, which can take pictures of the retina at the back of the eye, as well as allowing imaging of the blood vessels at the back of the eye in high detail. The second is a laser scanner, which takes cross-sectional and 3D images to precisely measure swelling of the retina.

The cost of this equipment is well in excess of 100,000.

Donations can be made by sending a cheque (payable to the Victoria Eye Charity Fund) to Sister Yvette Pitchforth, Walk for Sight,
Victoria Eye Unit, Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, Union Walk, Hereford, HR1 2ER.

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