Moorfields launches unique Sense of Sight competition challenging UAE artists to celebrate the gift sight, in 3D

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80% of vision related problems are manageable through early detection

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai
Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: To mark World Sight Day 2016 in October, Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre Abu Dhabi and Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai have launched a competition in the UAE inviting the professional design and arts community and budding young artists to share their new and original artworks, images, and photographs, in celebration of the sense of sight. Selected winners will have their work produced by Moorfields in 3D, and displayed in galleries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in a unique tactile art show.

Photographs, designs and paintings – portraits, landscapes and abstracts – should be submitted to the Facebook page MoorfieldsUAE, using the hashtag  #SenseOfSight and the winning artworks will be converted into tactile full 3-dimensional renderings and displayed in gallery exhibitions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during October and November. Visitors to the exhibitions will be invited to view and ‘feel’ the 3D blank reverse of each artwork without seeing it first, before the full frontal visual image is revealed in 2D, highlighting the power of the gift of sight.

Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, will host the Sense of Sight exhibition in Dubai for three days, from 27-29 October, 2016; Salwa Zeidan Gallery will host the gallery in Abu Dhabi, from 5-6 November, 2016.

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai’s Business Development and Marketing Director, Maha Aboughali, comments: “We want to mark World Sight Day 2016 with a unique celebration of sight in the UAE and our Sense of Sight competition and tactile art exhibition will convey how much we rely on our different senses, especially the gift of sight; we hope that this exhibition helps people experience the importance of good eyesight, and to fully appreciate life and art, in addition to the importance of maintaining this vital sense. Artists and photographers should look at the world in its full three dimensions and think about how to express this visually and in a way that will intrigue viewers first by touch and then sight. The gallery shows will be free and open to the public and we look forward to welcoming everyone who is interested in this unique art experience.”

Professor Robert Scott, Medical Director, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, explained: “International studies have confirmed the fact that 80% of vision related problems are manageable and treatable and we recommend regular checkups with ophthalmologists for those who suffer from chronic diseases that may affect vision, to help with early detection and diagnosis as well as treatment before it is too late.”

According to World Health Organisation estimates, 7 million adults and around half a million children lose their vision annually, and estimates that by 2020, this will impact the global economy and reduce global GDP (due to lower productivity) by more than 1 trillion dollars (over AED 3.5 trillion) per year.

Professor Scott added: “International research and studies are currently focusing on the use of stem cells in the treatment of visual impairment and in the summer of 2015, British researchers from ‘The London Project to Cure Blindness’ completed a breakthrough surgery to restore the vision of a 60-year old woman suffering from age related Macular Degeneration, by implanting stem cells in her eye. The potential is very exciting.”

About Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai:

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai (MEHD) is the first overseas branch of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the oldest and one of the largest centres for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in the world. Located at the Al Razi Medical Complex in Dubai Health Care City, the facility provides day case surgery and outpatient diagnostic and treatment services, for a variety of surgical and non-surgical eye conditions. MEHD will also raise standards for research and teaching in the region. MEHD is owned and managed by the NHS Foundation Trust, and maintains close links with London, to ensure that patients in the GCC receive the best eye care treatment in the world.

About Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre in Abu Dhabi is a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), a leading privately-owned Healthcare Development & Investment Company in Abu Dhabi. Moorfields Eye Hospital in London was founded over 200 years ago and is the oldest and one of the largest centres for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in the world. Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre in Abu Dhabi is the first Moorfields medical facility to be opened with a partner and the second in the UAE, following the opening of Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai in 2007. Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre in Abu Dhabi provides a comprehensive range of specialist ophthalmological services, including surgical and non-surgical treatments for common and complex eye conditions in children and adults, including strabismus, glaucoma, retina (medical and surgical), oculoplastics (including cosmetic surgery around the eye), corneal and refractive (vision corrective surgery). All treatments are carried out on a day case basis. A team of highly experienced and qualified consultant ophthalmologists, many of whom trained and practiced at Moorfields in London, is based permanently in the UAE to provide treatment and follow up to patients, supported by medical staff and customer services team, with advanced equipment and technology for the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex eye conditions.