Prof Marc de Smet: “We anticipate that procedures currently off-limits will now be feasible, such as facilitating the delivery of gene therapy to the retina.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The use of robots in surgery is going to transform medicine in the near future and revolutionise eye operations where a high degree of precision is re(...)

Tony Ward with his running guide, Darragh McDaid. According to Ward, ‘I’m lucky in that I’m stubborn and I have a great network of family and friends around me who row in behind my stubbornness and help me to do these things.’

Tony Ward was just 28 when he was told that he was going blind. In 1994 he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited degenerative (...)

Diabetic retinopathy can cause the blood vessels in the lining at the back of the eye (the retina) to leak or become blocked and damage your sight.  Photograph: Thinkstock

  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults in Ireland with an average of one person with the condition going blind(...)