Fighting Blindness and The Rotunda Foundation team up to fund brand-new retinal camera for premature babies

Fighting Blindness and The Rotunda Foundation teamed up to raise funds for a brand-new Digital Retinal Camera for The Rotunda Maternity Hospital, Dublin, to enable early diagnosis of retinal conditions in premature babies.

Smaller and more premature infants survive due to advances in neonatal care. However, babies born earlier are at a higher risk of a number of dangerous conditions. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants. In 2020, the sight-threatening condition was discovered in 21 of the infants in the Rotunda neonatal intensive care unit. When detected, it can be treated.

An image of the digital retinal camera in place at the Rotunda hospital.
Dr Sarah Chamney with the digital retinal camera (RetCam) in situ at The Rotunda Maternity Hospital.

The RetCam allows staff to capture a digital image of the back of the infant’s eyes. Having this machine in place, allows the team to make the best decisions about the care and treatment of patients.

Sarah Chamney, Paediatric Ophthalmologist said, “Using Retinal photography is much less stressful for infants. Having this piece of equipment in the Rotunda will be hugely beneficial to the infants.”

Dr. Sarah Chamney, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Dr. Mike Boyle, Consultant Neonatologist at The Rotunda Maternity Hospital

The Rotunda Hospital RetCam appeal was launched with a video of Irish Paralympian and 1500m champion Greta Streimikyte, who spoke about the importance of early intervention for premature babies.

Greta Streimikyte sitting on the race track
Greta Streimikyte, Fighting Blindness ambassador. Pic: Conor Ó Mearáin

This important equipment is already helping to save the sight of premature babies at the hospital, and it’s all thanks to you.

We recently visited The Rotunda to witness the RetCam in action and meet the amazing doctors who use the life-saving sight technology. Your support is invaluable in making sure this incredible equipment is accessible and available to those who need it. We’re so grateful!

Fighting Blindness:

Fighting Blindness logo

Fighting Blindness is a patient-led charity. Our mission is to cure blindness.

We promote and facilitate the development of treatments and cures for those affected by sight loss caused by retinal degenerative diseases.

Until our mission is accomplished, our counselling and support services continue to be available to people affected directly and indirectly by sight loss. We work in partnership with healthcare, science, industry and government to empower patients to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against blindness.

We are the leading Irish charity funding research into treatments for sight loss. To date, we have invested over €20 million in more than 115 research and clinical projects.

The Rotunda Foundation:

The Rotunda Foundation Charity is the official fundraising arm of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. The Foundation raises funds to support the outstanding care delivered at the Rotunda Hospital. Donations fund additional vital equipment, family and baby care initiatives and research.