VERI media coverage

2021

Isolation can strongly affect diabetes management
Newsbreak, 28 November 2021
In a new study from Anglia Ruskin University, researchers found that patients’ self-management of their diabetes has suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly during periods of self-isolation.

Isolation severely impacts diabetes management
EurekaAlert!, 17 November 2021
New research has found that patients’ self-management of their diabetes has suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly during periods of self-isolation.

Diabetic Retinopathy: Reducing Diabetes related Blindness in those most at risk
Silver Star Diabetes, 3 November 2021
Professor Shahina Pardhan was the guest speaker for Diabetes Chai Chat, hosted by Silver Star Diabetes and chaired by Rt Hon Keith Vaz.

Staring at screens could mean half the world needs glasses by 2050
The Independent, 12 October 2021
It’s no secret that spending hours staring at a screen can pose various health risks, particularly where eyesight is concerned. But a new study has found that extensive screen time could be more serious than previously thought.

Half the world could need glasses in 30 years if we don’t stop staring at screens
The Times, 12 October 2021
Half the world will need glasses or contact lenses in the next three decades if our obsession with computers and gadgets continues, experts predict.

Too much screen-time can make young people short-sighted
Mint Lounge, 9 October 2021
A new study published in one of the world's leading medical journals has revealed a link between screen time and higher risk and severity of myopia, or short-sightedness, in children and young adults.

Staring at phone screens for too long can increase the risk of short-sightedness
Daily Mail, 7 October 2021
Spending too long staring at a smartphone or computer screen can increase the risk of short-sightedness in children by up to 80 per cent, a new study has warned.

Plano publishes global evidence linking digital device screen time with myopia (short-sightedness) in The Lancet Digital Health today
Yahoo! 6 October 2021
A major global study linking the use of digital smart devices (smartphones and tablets) with myopia in children was released today by an international collaboration led by researchers in Singapore.

What your eyes reveal about your health
The Telegraph, 5 October 2021
As a new study shows that eye scans may help detect cardiovascular disease, what else might be spotted in the optician’s chair?

How COVID-19 can damage all five senses
National Geographic, 28 September 2021
The virus that causes the disease disrupts not just smell and taste, but all the ways humans perceive the world. For some, the loss may be permanent.

'South Asians must stop seeing diabetes as inevitable’
Eastern Eye, 5 August 2021
One in five of us with diabetes across the world is of south Asian origin.

Are dry eyes a symptom of COVID-19?
Medical News Today, 23 July 2021
Dry eyes can be a symptom of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), as can other eye symptoms, such as soreness and sensitivity to light.

Connection between sensory loss and obesity explored
Optometry Today, 20 June 2021
New research has highlighted gender differences in the association between physical inactivity and obesity in those with vision and hearing loss.

Study finds hearing loss or vision loss linked to weight gain
YourLifeChoices, 15 June 2021
Men who suffer hearing loss are more likely to be obese than women.

Birth Weight and Bone Health; 2020 Diabetes Death Spike
MedPage Today, 13 June 2021
Men who experienced sensory loss, and hearing loss in particular, were more likely to have obesity compared with women.

Men with sensory loss are more likely to be obese (EurekaAlert!)
EurekaAlert!, 8 June 2021
Men who suffer sensory loss, particularly hearing loss, are more likely to be physically inactive and obese than women, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Men with sensory loss are more likely to be obese (ScienceDaily)
ScienceDaily, 8 June 2021
New research finds 'significant' differences between genders in role of exercise.

Eating Disorder Symptoms Increased Significantly During The Pandemic According To New Study
Theravive, 11 May 2021
A new study published in the Journal of Psychiatry Research looked at changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomatology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study Suggests Glaucoma-Induced Vision Loss is on the Rise
HCP Live, 4 May 2021
Age-adjusted glaucoma blindness has nonetheless seen a downward trend between 2000 and 2020.

This common problem is now linked to higher dementia risk
Ladders, 3 May 2021
Deteriorating vision may serve as a precursor to dementia, according to a new study just released by Anglia Ruskin University.

Women in Optometry – Then and Now
COOKIE Magazine, May 2021
Professor Shahina Pardhan, Director of VERI, talks about her career path and her experience as the first woman to be appointed as a Professor of Optometry in the UK.

Pandemic Lockdowns Tied to More Eating Disorder Symptoms
Endocrinology Advisor, 12 April 2021
COVID-19 lockdowns are associated with an increase in self-reported eating disorder symptoms, according to a study published in the April issue of Psychiatry Research.

Women with sensory loss twice as likely to suffer depression
Cambridge Network, 29 March 2021
Women who suffer from vision, hearing or dual sensory loss are more than twice as likely to report depression and anxiety as men who experience the same issues, according to a new study by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

Alcohol and Brain Health
Dementia Services Development Centre, 24 March 2021
You may have run across news stories reporting on increased drinking levels during the pandemic and particularly during the lockdown periods.

Trends in hearing loss prevalence and years lived with disability worldwide from 1990-2019
2 Minute Medicine, 23 March 2021
An estimated 1.57 billion people (one-in-five individuals) globally had hearing loss in 2019. By 2050, 2.45 billion people are expected to have hearing loss, representing a 56% increase from 2019.

Covid-19 lockdowns may be linked to rise in eating disorder symptoms, Anglia Ruskin University research finds
Cambridge Independent, 19 March 2021
Covid-19 lockdowns could be linked to an increase in symptoms associated with eating disorders, according to research from Anglia Ruskin University.

Why Are My Eyes Itchy? 10 Causes Of Itchy, Red, And Dry Eyes
Women's Health, 4 March 2021
Allergies, beauty products, viral infections, and more can all cause itchy eyes.

If You Spot This On Your Eye, You May Have COVID, Says New Study
Yahoo!, 27 February 2021
The telltale symptoms of COVID-19 are now well known: shortness of breath, fever, digestive issues, etc, but now a new study in Radiology indicates that if you have nodules on your eye, they may be a sign of coronavirus.

A Way Out of the Dark
The Ophthalmologist, 25 February 2021
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight – what’s next in the global challenge to reduce vision impairment and blindness?

Experts warn to look out for three early Covid symptoms related to your eyes
EdinburghLive, 25 February 2021
Health experts have spoken of 'allergy eyes' and light sensitivity, warning these symptoms may indicate you have contracted the virus.

Rupert Bourne on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 22 February 2021
Prof Rupert Bourne takes questions from listeners on glaucoma, eye pressure and floaters.

Study: COVID-19 rates fall faster in richer countries
News Medical, 18 February 2021
Richer countries were more likely to see rates of COVID-19 fall faster during the first wave of the pandemic.

Half of Covid victims go on to suffer depression, says study
The Telegraph, 15 February 2021
The problem in coronavirus patients is also two-and-a-half times more common than previously feared.

Covid-19: Five ways to avoid lockdown eye strain
BBC News, February 2021
Prof Shahina Pardhan is quoted in this article giving advice on healthy screen use at home.

Researchers investigate eye health effects of COVID-19
Optometry Today, 8 February 2021
UK scientists have reported on the most common ocular symptoms among those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Tracking eye disease at population level
Acuity, 29 January 2021
As coordinator of the Vision Loss Expert Group, Professor Rupert Bourne has helped international bodies access accurate population-based data about eye health. Now he’s turning his attention closer to home.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual individuals at increased risk for difficulty concentrating
Healio, 29 January 2021
Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual may be at increased risk for experiencing subjective concentration complaints, according to study results published in Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Covid new strain symptoms: Dr Chris warns of photophobia - the signs to spot
Daily Express, 25 January 2021
Coronavirus mutations can cause photophobia in those infected with the virus, warns Dr Chris Steele. What are the signs the new covid strain is multiplying inside your body? And do you have an 'ocular' side effect?

Eye issues could be early Covid infection warning sign - symptoms to look out for
Yorkshire Evening Post, 21 January 2021
Sore and itchy eyes could be an early sign of a Covid-19 infection, new findings suggest.

Covid symptoms – sore, itchy eyes could be early coronavirus warning sign, experts say
The Sun, 20 January 2021
Experts now believe that having problems with the eyes could be an indicator that someone has contracted COVID-19.

Sore eyes a significant ocular manifestation of COVID-19
Healio, 14 January 2021
Sore eyes represent a significant ocular symptom in patients with COVID-19.

2020

Sore eyes could indicate Covid-19, according to new study
In Your Area, 9 December 2020
Sore eyes are the most significant vision-based indicator of Covid-19, according to research published by Anglia Ruskin University.

Targets for avoidable sight loss not being met, study suggests
Daily Mail, 1 December 2020
Public health services across the world are failing to meet targets to reduce avoidable sight loss, according to new research.

Hundreds of thousands in UK aren't getting eye care they need
Cambridge Network, 16 October 2020
Almost a quarter of people with severe sight loss in the UK are going without the treatment they need, according to a new study being presented at the World Congress on Public Health.

Blindness and sight impairment to affect 900m by 2050
Optometry Today, 12 October 2020
New research led by Anglia Ruskin University has estimated that blindness and severe vision impairment will more than double by 2050.

Blindness and sight loss to double by 2050
Cambridge Network, 8 October 2020
Blindness and severe vision impairment is predicted to affect almost 900 million people worldwide by 2050 – up from around 338 million today.

Most Experts Don't Think Eyeglasses Will Protect You From COVID-19
Verywell Health, 26 September 2020
Prescription eyeglasses don’t exactly constitute effective personal protective equipment for preventing COVID-19. But a recent study suggests that eyeglass wearers may be at a lower risk for COVID-19 infection.

People with Severe Vision Loss Less Accurately Judge Distance of Nearby Sounds, Study Shows
Sci News, 5 June 2020
A new study shows that greater severity of vision loss is associated with increased auditory judgments of distance and room size.

Blazing the trail for women in vision scienc‪e‬‬‬
College of Optometrists Podcast, 10 April 2020
Prof Shahina Pardhan talks about her experience, the obstacles she faced in her own career and what can be done to remove those barriers for future generations.

How COVID-19 impacts the eyes
ContagionLive, March 2020
A number of patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported symptoms related to their eyes.

2019

Cautiousness of visually impaired people results in increased falls risk, study finds
Optometry Today, 30 December 2019
A study has found that people with sight loss have increased anxiety when navigating obstacles.

Global mission sets its sights on universal eyecare
Eye Health, October 2019
Prof Shahina Pardhan is quoted in this article about efforts to combat avoidable blindness, and reduce visual impairment, around the world.

Risk of diabetes higher in South Asian and black people in UK
ITV News Anglia, 23 April 2019
Prof Shahina Pardhan explains why those in certain communities are more at risk of diabetes in the UK.

Poor eyesight and hearing loss costs billions
Cambridge Network, 6 April 2019
A lack of accurate data is contributing to a £58billion bill for vision and hearing loss in the UK, according to a report that calls on the Government to support the first ever national survey of the UK population’s sensory needs.

Perceived discrimination lowers wellbeing among older adults with vision loss
Optometry Today, 5 June 2019
New research has found that people with poor eyesight who reported discrimination were more likely to be depressed and lonely.

Through the glass ceiling
Acuity, 28 February 2019
Prof Shahina Pardhan speaks to Acuity about how her experience can help other women in research.

mHealth researchers downplay the reliability of smartphone cameras
mHealth Intelligence, 8 February 2019
An analysis by UK researchers of three different smartphones finds that they're all calibrated differently, making them unreliable for use by clinicians in diagnosing through a photograph.

2018

Bradford Ophthalmology doctor Faruque Ghanchi co-authors new study into eye-disease research
Telegraph & Argus, 20 November 2018
Over the last eight years, the Ophthalmology community has been instrumental in putting eye research in the UK on the map, particularly in novel research areas such as gene therapies, drug delivery systems, robotic surgery and artificial intelligence.

Voices of Vision Science
The Ophthalmologist, 1 November 2018
From motherhood to #MeToo – six ophthalmologists give their take on the issues facing women today.

Looking into the past and future of eye health
RNIB, 12 October 2018
The world of eye medicine has seen many innovations over the years. Eye health expert Professor Rupert Bourne shares his highlights.

Diabetic patients twice as likely to develop cataract
Economic Times, 31 May 2018
People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataract as the general population and the relative risk is highest in those aged between 45 and 54.

UK South Asians feel excluded from diabetes self-help programmes
Univadis, 9 April 2018
South Asians living in the United Kingdom feel cut off and excluded from education or self-help programmes on diabetes, preventing them from managing their diabetes properly.

Diabetes awareness ‘major concern’ for UK Asians
Cambridge Network, 5 April 2018
A study, led by Anglia Ruskin University, examined perceived barriers to improved awareness of diabetes and self-help among different demographics in the UK’s South Asian community.

How humans echolocate 'like bats'
BBC News, 28 February 2018
Dr Andrew Kolarik is quoted in this article about echolocation skills.

People with diabetes twice as likely to develop cataracts
Optometry Today, 7 February 2018
Research has shown that having diabetes doubles your risk of being diagnosed with a cataract, and that this risk is six times higher if a diabetic patient has diabetic maculopathy.

Diabetes patients are TWICE as likely to develop cataracts - the leading cause of blindness across the world, 15-year study reveals
Daily Mail, 5 February 2018
Diabetics are twice as likely to develop cataracts than adults who don't suffer from the killer condition, new research suggests.

Female optometrists are being short-changed. I salute those fighting for a better deal
The Telegraph, 15 January 2018
There is a need for support and guidance for women in all parts of the vision professions.

2017

First female professor of optometry on workplace sexism
Optometry Today, 19 December 2017
Prof Shahina Pardhan shared her experiences at the first Women in Vision UK meeting.

Anglia Ruskin co-creates "first of its kind" international event
Optometry Today, 11 December 2017
Leading researchers gathered in China recently to share their expertise at a conference jointly organised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Avoidable blindness to triple by 2050
Optometry Today, 13 October 2017
New research into the causes of vision loss is led by Anglia Ruskin University academic.

Sight loss and sport
Optometry Today, 21 September 2017
Visually impaired individuals are twice as likely to be inactive as sighted individuals.

This is how some blind people are able to echolocate like bats
New Scientist, 31 August 2017
Dr Andrew Kolarik is quoted in this article about echolocation.

Global blindness set to 'triple by 2050'
BBC News, 3 August 2017
The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest.

Seeing double
Optometry Today, 26 May 2017
New research finds twins have matching eye sight at the most intricate level.

Professor Bourne’s research marks decade milestone
Optometry Today, 9 May 2017
Ongoing research project that has recorded population-based prevalence surveys covering more than three decades celebrates 10 years with an exhibition of its work.

2016

How many megapixels is my eye? and other questions
Naked Scientists, December 2016
Roger J Buckley, Professor Emeritus of Ocular Medicine and Vision and Eye Research Unit Associate Director, joins the Naked Scientists panel to answer listener questions and discuss issues such as whether glasses or contacts are better for your eyes. Visit the Naked Scientists website to listen to the podcast 'What's the healthiest way to eat an entire cake?'

The Global Vision Database
eyenews, December/January 2016
The overall goal of the Global Vision Database (GVD) is to develop and deploy new and improved evidence on the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment (VI) globally.

2015

Changes in health in England, with analysis by English regions and areas of deprivation, 1990–2013,
The Lancet, 14 September 2015
Health in England is improving although substantial opportunities exist for further reductions in the burden of preventable disease.

Global, regional, and national disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 306 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 188 countries, 1990–2013
The Lancet, 26 August 2015
The notion of an epidemiological transition—in which increasing sociodemographic status brings structured change in disease burden—is useful, but there is tremendous variation in burden of disease that is not associated with sociodemographic status.

2014

Anglia Ruskin University's glaucoma research wins award
Cambridge News, 29 December 2014
Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University have their eyes on the prize after their study into the vulnerability of glaucoma patients won a national award.

UK deaths from Alzheimer’s up by 52%
Cambridge Network, 18 December 2014
Anglia Ruskin University Professor has been involved in a global study into mortality rates.

Study by Cambridge professor shows rise in Alzheimer’s deaths
Cambridge News, 18 December 2014
Deaths linked to Alzheimer's disease in the UK have increased by more than 50 per cent since 1990, according to new research from a Cambridge professor.

How safe are contact lenses?
The Guardian, 23 November 2014
The biggest problem with contact lenses is not the devices themselves, but the people who wear them.

Global eyesight study wins research prize
Cambridge Network, 19 November 2014
A study led by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University has been named Outstanding Scientific Paper by the American Public Health Authority’s Vision Care section.

Worldwide vision trends mapped out by Anglia Ruskin University researchers
Cambridge News, 21 October 2014
Online maps which allow people to search causes of sight loss all over the world for the first time have been published by a research group at Anglia Ruskin University.

Online resource maps worldwide vision trends
Cambridge Network, 14 October 2014
Research group creates interactive tool to visualise world’s largest database of eye surveys.

Fourth case of Chikungunya? Health Minister not sure
Newsday, 17 July 2014
Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan, yesterday was unable to confirm whether the nation had recorded its fourth case of the Chikungunya virus.

Global blindness plummets in 20 years
Cambridge Network, 25 March 2014
Anglia Ruskin University research provides first large-scale analysis of blindness and vision loss across the world.

Blindness rates plummet in developed countries
USA Today, 25 March 2014
Blindness and significant visual impairment have become much less common in 50 countries, a new study shows.

Blindness Rates Dropping Worldwide, Study Finds
MedicineNet.com, 24 March 2014
Global rates of blindness and poor vision have fallen sharply over the past two decades, especially in rich nations, a new study reveals.

Prevalence and causes of vision loss in sub-Saharan Africa: 1990–2010
British Journal of Ophthalmology, 25 February 2014
To estimate the magnitude, temporal trends and subregional variation in the prevalence of blindness, and moderate/severe vision impairment (MSVI) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prevalence and causes of vision loss in high-income countries and in Eastern and Central Europe: 1990–2010
British Journal of Ophthalmology, 19 February 2014
To assess prevalence and causes of blindness and vision impairment in high-income regions and in Central/Eastern Europe in 1990 and 2010.

2013

Anglia Ruskin expert leads global vision study
Haverhill Echo, 15 December 2013
The largest ever analysis of worldwide vision impairment and blindness data has been published in The Lancet Global Health journal.

AMD treatment delays result in vision loss
Optician Online, 28 November 2013
Widespread delays in follow-up times for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration are resulting in unnecessary and irreversible vision loss, an investigation has shown.