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Fight for Sight, a charity that campaigns for better awareness and treatment of eye disease and blindness, has relaunched its website to mark its 40th anniversary.

Aimed at people with eyesight problems, students of eye health and opticians, the relaunch features the latest news on Fight for Sight's fundraising events and can now support online donations. It's an important area - according to the charity, about 100 people start to lose their sight in the UK each day.

Main pages

The website contains a complete list of research programmes, ways to make donations and fundraising events and activities such as marathons and skydiving.

The front page is quite text-heavy - although there are a lot of hyperlinks and buttons to get to other areas, it's not as clear as it could be.

This is probably because of an intention to make the site easy to navigate for those with sight issues - it's been built to the highest W3C accessibility standards. This is fine, but more explicit and less wordy links would have been preferable.

Special features

The site makes nice use of supporting photography, which complements pages rather than dominating them. The facts and figures section provides a lot of data, such as the total number of blind people in the world (37 million) and the number of people affected by sight loss, which, since 1982, has risen by 51 per cent among people aged between 18 and 49.

Fight for Sight says

"The new site looks great and is very easy to navigate, so everyone can access news about our eye research and fundraising events quickly and easily. We've already had much positive feedback."

- Site visit is by technology writer Gary Flood

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