During the project, which runs on weekdays until Friday, May 13, Bridlington residents over the age of 55 will be able to take part in the Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) study.
Researchers Winfried Amoaku and Professor Gregory Hageman are hoping to assess the backs of people’s eyes by taking photographs and photo-scans of all residents to determine the frequency of the different forms/stages of AMD in the population.AMD is the commonest cause of irreversible visual loss in the western world.
The project involved more than 3,500 Bridlington people when it first started in 2002.
People who attend the research clinic at St Johns Methodist Church Hall will provide a DNA sample via a cheek swab, get their eyes tested, get their eye pressure measured, have photographs of the back of their eyes taken after instilling dilating eye drops, and complete a health questionnaire.
Winfried Amoaku, associate Professor and Hon Consultant Ophthalmologist Academic Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham, added: “Your contribution will help inform changing patterns of eye disease, especially age-related macular degeneration and how they interact with genes, in a rapidly ageing population, and guide future developments.”
A spokesman said: “The purpose of our study is to find out how often AMD occurs in the UK and how the different forms and stages of AMD progress in the UK population.”
Go to www.beap-study.uk or call 07773 134577 for more information.