This month, we chose Olivia’s Vision as our charity of the year.
The charity, Olivia’s Vision, was founded in 2010 with the aim to provide information, support and advice for anyone affected by Uveitis. Uveitis is a rare condition which causes inflammation of the uvea (the inside of the eye) and affects both children and adults. Over 9,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Why does Olivia’s Vision need support?
There is a distinct lack of knowledge and professional expertise around Uveitis, which means that the potential for misdiagnosis is great. If Uveitis is misdiagnosed (it can often be confused with red eye or conjunctivitis) it can be catastrophic for the patient. There is no cure, but there is treatment available. However, if left undertreated, it can result in blindness, illustrated by the fact that Uveitis is the third leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide.
We know that more can done to reduce the number of cases of preventable blindness caused by Uveitis.
How can Clarity Informatics help Olivia’s Vision?
Olivia’s Vision is dedicated to helping those who suffer with Uveitis. Through continuous campaigning and fundraising efforts, Olivia’s Vision hopes to increase the number of Uveitis experts, and initiate new research regarding potential new treatments so that one day, vision loss from Uveitis is eliminated. A difficulty for Olivia’s Vision is the challenge of raising awareness of Uveitis so that it is considered with the importance warranted by the severity of the condition.
This is where we believe we can help. Clarity will be supporting Olivia’s Vision through awareness campaigns and education, with the aim to increase knowledge and understanding of Uveitis amongst healthcare professionals.
If you would like to learn more about Olivia’s Vision, please go to http://www.oliviasvision.org/