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PREVENTING BLINDNESS AND PRESERVING SIGHT
PREVENTING BLINDNESS AND PRESERVING SIGHT

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It may be the end of #DiabeticEyeDisease month but at QEI we’re continuing with our purpose to #SAVESIGHT. We’re partnering with The University of Queensland - UQ and Beijing-based Capital Medical University on a ground-breaking project to help predict the risks of sight-threatening #DiabeticRetinopathy – the leading cause of irreversible #blindness in adults. We’re working on potential treatments to make a significant impact and end this disease once and for all.
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Here’s a great trick for teaching kids about healthy eyes this JulyEYE. The 20-20-20 rule means they can have 20 minutes of screen time, before they need with a 20 second break while focusing 20 feet (6 metres away). Make sure there’s proper lighting, and keep your eyes moist as blinking gets cut to a third when we are staring at a screen.
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Sadly studying at night with constant computer work, as well as keeping up to date with smartphones may be taking its toll on my eyes. So the question I really wanted answered was how bad is this for our eyes? Searching online it’s easy to get confused by the mixed responses on this issue, so that’s where working with ophthalmologists comes in handy for me.


So I asked and it seems I won’t be developing some rare and serious eye condition but I am most certainly beginning to notice the temporary ill effects of eye strain. For some it can become a regular occurrence and shows how vigilant we need to be in caring for our eyes and in keeping a check on kids and the time they’re spending on devices as they grow up in a whole new digital era.


Here’s a few tips to help reduce unnecessary eye strain your eyes will love you for:
1. Adjust the brightness setting of the computer monitor to match the room.
2. By increasing the contrast of your computer the words stand out and make it easier for the eyes to focus.
3. Get rid of glare by turning your work area to face the window or by closing curtains completely.
4. Using some light is better than staring at a lit screen in a completely dark room. Try to place the lighting to avoid creating glare.
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Sadly studying at night with constant computer work, as well as keeping up to date with smartphones may be taking its toll on my eyes. So the question I really wanted answered was how bad is this for our eyes? Searching online it’s easy to get confused by the mixed responses on this issue, so that’s where working with ophthalmologists comes in handy for me.


So I asked and it seems I won’t be developing some rare and serious eye condition but I am most certainly beginning to notice the temporary ill effects of eye strain. For some it can become a regular occurrence and shows how vigilant we need to be in caring for our eyes and in keeping a check on kids and the time they’re spending on devices as they grow up in a whole new digital era.


Here’s a few tips to help reduce unnecessary eye strain your eyes will love you for:
1. Adjust the brightness setting of the computer monitor to match the room.
2. By increasing the contrast of your computer the words stand out and make it easier for the eyes to focus.
3. Get rid of glare by turning your work area to face the window or by closing curtains completely.
4. Using some light is better than staring at a lit screen in a completely dark room. Try to place the lighting to avoid creating glare.
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According to the Macular Disease Foundation, in Australia today, there are 1.25 million people who have some prevalence of macular disease and 8 million Australians who are “at risk”. To help spread the word, we'll be posting some facts about macular disease this week to support Macular Disease Awareness Week 21-27 May. http://ow.ly/pVTm30bVbeM
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Congratulations Andrew and Nicola Forrest. Philanthropy is alive in Australia. Happy dance for medical research!
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In anticipation of the next big discovery in eye disease and to celebrate international clinical trials day, we invite you to support our researchers at http://www.qei.org.au/donate
or you can find out more about clinical trials underway at QEI on http://www.qei.org.au/page/clinic/clinical-trials/current-clinical-trials
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The girls are loving their new sunnies and their eyes are loving them too. All proceeds support the vital research of the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation.
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Can you imagine what it was like for the brave recipient of the first cochlear implant more than 30 years ago? For 15 nerve wracking minutes nothing happened and then tears of joy as he realised he heard something for the first time in 17 years. Nowadays cochlear implant surgery is performed on children as young as a few months old and allows speech and language to develop at normal rates. Without the dedication of Professor Clark this would not be possible for people with hearing loss. His pioneering research led to the first device for clinical trial and the transformation of more than 200,000 lives worldwide from this technology. This is why we must fund #MedicalResearch #ClinicalTrialsDay. Please share in support of International clinical trials day.
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Over the coming days we have some incredible true stories to share with you to celebrate international clinical trial day. Stories of passion, patience and perseverance by Australian scientists in achieving significant medical breakthroughs for all humanity. Discoveries like the vaccine for cervical cancer that my daughter recently received as part of the national immunisation program. Thankyou Professor Frazer and your team for your valuable contributions in the fight against cancer; your 20-year commitment to researching the link between papilloma viruses and cancer paid off. #MedicalResearch #ClinicalTrialsDay

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