FRAVIDE fragile vision detection

FRAVIDE:  FRAGILE VISION DETECTION
Research and Innovation actions  - Work programme 2014 – 2015: 8. Health, demographic change and wellbeing PHC6:Evaluating existing screening and prevention programmes  

 

"Fragile  Vision" is the visual condition of a person  who has a degenerative disease of the visual system detected at an early or moderate stage, before the advanced stage. Such condition has to be irreversible with medical intervention.

Among the most common diseases are diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, which, according to the WHO, affect up to 10% of the population over 65 and more than 30% of the population over 75. People with "Fragile Vision" are characterized by a visual impairment defined by values of best corrected visual acuity located between 0,4 and 0,7 in the better eye and a residual binocular visual field valuated between 60% and 80%.

This project proposes to analyze, assess and compare existing screening systems and data for the diagnosis and prevention of degenerative visual system conditions, with the aim of creating new intervention model, mainly based on detection of functional data regarding visual loss and related consequences, useful for different pathologies.

That will activate, at a much earlier stage than at present, the necessary interventions required to improve and maintain the autonomous daily life of the subjects affected. The result can also reduce social and economic impact on National Health Services.

The project proposes to create specific indications to give greater support for active and independent life of patients with weak vision and preventing their worsening into visual handicap. Studies will also analyze available aids, compensatory instruments and existing rehabilitation activities. Best practices and a larger amount of information have to be shared at international level, in order to strengthen competencies of individuals and policies of communities in overcoming “Fragile Vision” condition.

Early intervention is the main goal of the research project, which will allow to evaluate and compare the effectiveness between starting rehabilitation at “Fragile Vision” stage or Low Vision stage on life quality of patients, moreover to estimate the different costs for National Health Services and Social Welfare Systems.

The project has been submitted at EU Commission in first stage evaluation, and involves 8 international partners

Partners

Participant

Participant organisation name

Country

Organization

1 (Coordinator)

SI4Life s.c.r.l.

Italy

Regional hub for research and innovation

2

ASL3 genovese

Italy

Local Health System

3

 

University of Genova, Ophtalmology Department, Di.N.O.G.M.I.

Italy

University

4

European Glaucoma Society

Switzerland

International non-profit organization

5

Tampere University Hospital, Ophtalmology Department, Tays Eye Centre

Finland

University

6

Mainz University  Medical Center, University Eye Clinic

Germany

University

7

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness-IAPB Italia onlus

Italy

Non-profit organization

8

CECIAA

France

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