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Almost 8,000 have vision loss in Donegal 06.07.15

SOME 7,895 people in Donegal live with vision loss or blindness, a charity revealed as it announces an information evening for patients in the county.
Fighting Blindness said the event is for people and families affected by, and members of the public interested in, conditions causing sight loss.
The event will focus on rare genetic conditions that cause severe vision impairment, such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease, cone-rod dystrophies and many others.
The charity's communications and advocacy executive Caitríona Dunne said: “The rare genetic conditions that this evening will concentrate on are extremely complex. We want to ensure that people living with these conditions have access to information that is easy to understand and to appropriate supports. We are very grateful to local eye doctors in the area who have invited us to Letterkenny for this event.”
It will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, on Thursday, July 16 from 7pm – 9pm.
Fighting Blindness will host an information evening in Letterkenny on Thursday, July 16.
It is free of charge and is open to all members of the public. You can register for the event by contacting Ms Dunne on 01 6789 004 or emailing communications@fightingblindness.ie .
Fighting Blindness is funding research at a number of institutions throughout Ireland to find treatments for conditions causing sight loss. It also provides a telephone counselling service for people and families affected by sight loss. Further information is available at www.FightingBlindness.ie .
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