The need for greater focus by tech developers on usability, ergonomics and functionality of AT for users

VisionBridge’s collaboration with leading distributor Sight and Sound Technology continues to highlight the need for greater focus by tech developers on usability, ergonomics and functionality of AT for users. This is now borne out by researchers Eugenie Golubova (lead author)…

Improving patient access to appropriate assistive technology by changing methods and mindsets

VisionBridge is looking forward to collaborating with Alliance Scotland and putting assistive technology on the front foot, supported by leading distributor Sight and Sound Technology Read article here

Report 2020 Testimonials

Feel free to forward the Report 2020 link or pdf to all your contacts, colleagues, clients and patients. Recent feedback from readers include: “You are inspirational in your awesome work to link and connect people to share knowledge.This is the…

Julian Jackson on The Desert Island Tech Podcast by Sight and Sound Technology

Julian discusses his motivation behind launching VisionBridge, the importance of supporting innovation within eye research and the critical role that assistive technology can play in improving the quality of life of those with visual impairment, visual processing and other sensory challenges…

Report 2020: "Eye Research- an equal partner"

A Report entitled “Eye Research – an equal partner”, compiled and edited by Julian Jackson, featuring contributions from leading researchers in the UK Julian Jackson – Director, Visionbridge Date published: 17/09/2020 Table of Contents 1.0 Introduction 2.0 Understanding the patterns and…

The Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) explores the options of maximising access to appropriate assistive technology in the learning environment

Alix Robertson from the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY), discusses the importance of Assistive Technology in the Learning Environment. The interview with Julian Jackson provides insight into his own experience of the education system, and how he aims to…

Julian Jackson: Maximising access to appropriate Assistive Technology in the Learning Environment

My name is Julian Jackson, I am Founder and Director of an independent social enterprise “VisionBridge” (www.visionbridge.org.uk). My aim is to promote eye health, increase the awareness and understanding of sight loss and introduce the extraordinary world of eye research to all…

Advocating Eye Research - ABDO Interview with Julian Jackson

In this edition of Take 5, Julian Jackson is interviewed about his role as an advocate for eye research. He discusses the important ongoing work in eye research and his mission to improve the technologies and treatments available for those…

Embracing assistive technology in the fight against diabetic retinopathy

Use of assistive technology can have a huge impact on quality of life for people with impaired vision, including those with diabetic retinopathy. But provision and access are often patchy. Julian Jackson Founder and Director of the independent social enterprise VisionBridge talks…

Embracing assistive technology in the fight against sight loss

There is no doubt that sight loss continues to be a clear and present danger in the UK and globally. So how can assistive technology (AT) help this situation? Julian Jackson’s plea to the NHS is that the vital role…

A Lesson In Sensory Walking

Supported by the National Trust, Julian travels to Shropshire and describes his love of the countryside and his rich sensory experiences in the great outdoors! Listen on Audio Boom Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify

Shropshire See and Hear

Thank you to Shropshire See and Hear for inviting me to open their 2019 event on 15 May 2019. Watch my speech HERE Next year’s event is on Wednesday the 13th of May 2020.

The Big Blind Walk

To paraphrase Winston Churchill “This is the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end.” The Big Blind Walk 2018 may be over, but the fight to prevent sight loss, treat eye disease, restore sight and rehabilitate…

Welcome to the bi-annual Report 2019 entitled “Eye Research – an equal partner”

Welcome to the bi-annual Report 2019 entitled “Eye Research – an equal partner”featuring contributions from leading academic researchers, clinicians and technology providers from the UK and abroad. Updated in June 2019, this Report aims to drive eye health up the…

Julian's interview with BBC Radio 4:

Julian’s interview with Peter White on “In Touch” (Radio 4, 8.40pm 30 Jan), outlines his motivation and mission behind the Big Blind Walk and his dream that one day, eye research will be seen as an equal partner alongside the…

Julian talks to Optometry Today (OT)

Julian talks to Optometry Today about his ambitions for eye research and his goals for the Big Blind Walk 2018 Click here to read more…

Check out what leading researchers think about this Report

“This is a tremendously informative piece of work that will be of immense value to researchers, funders, policy -makers, patients and the public.  It really demonstrates the breadth of skills and expertise in UK eye research, something we should all…

Press Release

100% SUPPORT FOR BLIND WALK The UK’s largest optical event, 100% Optical, has pledged its support for the Big Blind Walk 2018, in collaboration with VisionBridge, to help stop sight loss in its tracks. Promising a bumper gathering for its…

A Report entitled “Eye Research – an equal partner”, compiled and edited by Julian Jackson, featuring contributions from leading researchers in the UK

1111possibly stroke and heart attack). These new blood vessels are highly damaging as they often fail to deliver a sufficient blood supply, leak fluid and can rupture causing tissue haemorrhage. As a consequence, dysfunctional vessels contribute towards the incidence of…

A Report entitled “Eye Research – an equal partner”, compiled and edited by Julian Jackson, featuring contributions from leading researchers in the UK

This Report aims to drive eye health up the public health agenda, raise awareness of the tremendous legacy and potential of eye research but also highlight the challenges facing eye research including the critical need for greater investment. It points…

5.3 The importance of integrating diabetic eye care with diabetes management - Dr Elizabeth Wilkinson

The importance of integrating diabetic eye care with diabetes managementDr Elizabeth WilkinsonConsultant OphthalmologistClinical Lead, North and East Devon Diabetic Screening ProgrammeDr Elizabeth Wilkinson, ex president of the Ophthalmology Section at the Royal Society of Medicine knows that managing diabetes is…

5.2 Combining treatment and counselling to improve patient outcomes - Julian Jackson

Combining treatment and counselling to improve patient outcomes Julian Jackson Director – Visionbridge New research from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital has concluded that despite the extraordinary scientific achievements in diagnosing and treating serious eye diseases such as wet age related…

5.1 Patient Power – it actually works! - Professor Philip I. Murray

Patient Power – it actually works! Professor Philip I. MurrayProfessor of Ophthalmologypart of the Birmingham Behçet Centre of Excellence. Behçet’s Syndrome (also known as Behçet’s Disease – BD) is a rare, chronic, multisystem disorder of unknown cause. It is typically…

4.3 Enhancing the lifestyles of people who are blind and visually impaired - Shaun Kemp

Enhancing the lifestyles of people who are blind and visually impairedShaun Kemp Marketing Manager UK OrCam TechnologiesOrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform which improves the lives of individuals…

4.2 Technology combined with rehabilitation can improve quality of life for patients - Mr Felipe Dhawahir-Scala

Technology combined with rehabilitation can improve quality of life for patients Mr Felipe Dhawahir-ScalaConsultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon Director of the Acute Ophthalmic Services Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. The CentraSightTM Treatment Programme aims to restore some useful central vision in…

4.1 Orthoptic research spanning assessment, diagnosis and treatment leading to improved patient care - Professor Helen Davis

Orthoptic research spanning assessment, diagnosis and treatment leading to improved patient careProfessor Helen Davis –Professor of OrthopticsAcademic Unit of Ophthalmology & Orthoptics Department of Oncology & MetabolismThe Medical SchoolThe University of SheffieldDr Anna Horwood Infant Vision Laboratory University of ReadingDr…

3.3 Gene therapy options for AMD - Dr. Simon Clark

Gene therapy options for AMDDr. Simon ClarkCentre for Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences University of ManchesterWhen compared to other therapy options, such as traditional drug based treatments, gene therapy is best suited at the early…

3.2 Robotics for Eye Surgery: Improving Surgical Dexterity and Speed - Dr Christos Bergeles

Robotics for Eye Surgery: Improving Surgical Dexterity and SpeedDr Christos BergelesLecturer, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of University College London.Translational Imaging GroupCentre for Medical Image ComputingThe benefits that Robotics are bringing to Healthcare are self-evident. From efficient and…