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Thousands of British children with a blinding arthritic disease stand a chance of preserving their sight with a combination of drugs, trial results have shown. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) can lead to uveitis, an inflammatory eye condition that may have serious complications, including blindness. Around 5,000 children in the UK…
Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network. The feature rolling out on Facebook's iPhone and iPad apps interprets what's in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence…
"Extremely distressing" attacks on guide dogs by other dogs are on the increase, topping more than 100 a year, according to a new study. Figures published in the online journal Veterinary Record reveal that between 2010 and 2015 there were more than 629 attacks - an increase of three per…
Almost 12,500 elderly people who are blind or partially sighted are the latest "casualties" of a crisis in social care, two charities have warned. Age UK and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) said thousands more people with sight problems are missing out on vital support compared to…
The number of children registered blind or partially sighted has risen as survival rates for severely premature babies improve, according to new findings. There has been a 9% rise in children registered blind or partially sighted from 10,947 in 2006 to 11,928 last year, according to an analysis of British…