It was a case of Moorfields-meets-Crufts, as eight dogs joined hundreds of Moorfields supporters who took part in the “Eye to Eye” fundraising walk last month.
This was the first year that dogs took part in the event, which is run by Moorfields Eye Charity (MEC) to help fund Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s pioneering research into eye disorders. The promenading pups, three of which were guide dogs, all donned Eye to Eye branded t-shirts and received considerable attention from their fellow walkers and spectators.
The funds raised will go towards areas of eye research such as glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged over 60 in the western world. Over the past three years since the event’s inception, donations raised from Eye to Eye have helped support vital research projects, including studies exploring the genetics of keratoconus and the impact of diabetic retinopathy on the structure and function of the eye.