Sight Saving Appeal for Premature Babies

Fighting Blindness Helping Holles Street.

 Annually 500 babies born preterm at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St. are screened as they are at high risk for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Each year 25 of these babies are given sight saving treatment because of retina screening detecting the potentially blinding eye disorder.

Fighting Blindness has joined forces with the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) Foundation to raise funds for new retina imaging equipment and family supports.

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street explains, “Retinopathy of Prematurity is a potentially blinding disorder that primarily affects premature infants of low birth weight.  In addition to blindness it can be associated with other eye problems such as short sightedness, lazy eyes and retinal detachment.  With the right equipment, ROP is very treatable and blindness can be prevented.  Such a treatment is well worth our investment.”

Kevin Whelan, Chief Executive of Fighting Blindness says “We are incredibly excited to embark on such a positive collaboration with NMH Foundation. Collaboration within the sector is of utmost importance, as united we can achieve so much more for the children and families we help.”

We are also delighted to announce the support of celebrity ambassador, actor James Nesbitt, of the campaign.

To make a donation towards this sight saving equipment please click here or to organise a fundraising event please contact us on fundraising@fightingblindness.ie

Pictured above: Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street and Kevin Whelan, Chief Executive of Fighting Blindness launching the partnership of Fighting Blindness and the NMH Foundation.

For more information on how to get involved please contact the Fighting Blindness team  on fundraising@fightingblindness.ie or 01 6789 004.

For media inquiries please contact amanda.kenny@fightingblindness.ie