Join us for our free Research Webinar on Age-related Macular Degeneration

Fighting Blindness is delighted to host an online webinar, on Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) with Mr Tomás Burke (Mater Misericordiae University and Mater Private Hospitals, Dublin) and Sean Poland (Vision Sports Ireland).

After the success of our first research webinar of 2023, we are excited to announce our second free webinar, this time focusing on Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

AMD is a progressive eye disease that affects up to 10% of adults over 65 years of age and is a leading cause of severe vision impairment and blindness in this age group.

Our first speaker, Mr Tomás Burke is a Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Medical Retina, Uveitis and Cataract, based at Mater Misericordiae University and Mater Private Hospitals, Dublin. Mr. Burke will speak about the current clinical care for AMD.

Our second speaker, Sean Poland is an Education, Training and Participation Coordinator, at Vision Sports Ireland. Sean will speak about sports and physical activities for people living with AMD.

Webinar date:

The webinar will take place on September 20, 2023, from 5 pm-6 pm.

Image of two people on a blue background. On the left is Tomas Burke. On the right is Sean Poland.


The platform we are using for the webinar is Zoom. Registration is required in order to access this event.

Please register here or by clicking on the below link:

Short Survey on Living with AMD

We are very interested in hearing about your experience as someone living with AMD. We would really appreciate it if you had the time to complete the two questions in the below survey. All responses are anonymous.

The results will be presented briefly at the webinar.

Questions for speakers:

We are very interested in hearing about the issues that people living with AMD face.

Please submit any questions for the speakers ahead of the webinar to

The deadline for questions is Friday 8th September.

About our speakers:

Mr Tomás Burke

Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in Medical Retina, Uveitis and Cataract, Mater Misericordiae University and Mater Private Hospitals, Dublin

Image of Tomas Burke. He is wearing a dark suit and smiling to the camera against a dark backdrop.
Mr Tomás Burke

Mr. Tomás Burke has extensive experience in the use of retinal imaging in clinical practice, as well as imaging research, having completed a Doctor of Medicine research degree at Columbia University, New York in the field of retinal degeneration. His Ophthalmology training was carried out in Ireland, as well as in the Oxford and Severn regions in the UK. He completed a Fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2018. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Prior to taking up his consultant post in Dublin, he was a consultant at the Bristol Eye Hospital, UK.

Mr. Burke has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, a book chapter, and has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. He has been Principal Investigator on several studies in medical retina, as well as previously serving as National Institute for Health Research Local Clinical Research lead for Ophthalmology (West of England).


Sean Poland

Education, Training and Participation Coordinator, Vision Sports Ireland

A photograph of Sean Poland. He is wearing a blue suit and smiling to camera.
Sean Poland

Sean’s work in Vision Sports Ireland is focused on:

– educating coaches, volunteers, teachers and parents on knowledge and

– understanding of vision impairment and accessibility,

– making sport more accessible through practical training adaptations and guidelines.

Sean has a passion for sport, representing Ireland in Vision Impaired football. Under his remit at Vision Sports Ireland, he also oversees Athletics, Football, Tandem Cycling and Triathlon.

To learn more about how to spot the early stages of AMD, the available tools for patients who are experiencing limited sight due to AMD for the first time, and ways to control the symptoms please click here.