Welcome to the Birdshot Uveitis Society website. BUS is a support group for people with the rare, hard-to-treat, autoimmune, posterior uveitis called birdshot chorioretinopathy or birdshot retinochoroidopathy, also known as birdshot uveitis.
BUS is a registered charity and works closely with a sister charity BUSNA in the USA, as well as our sister birdshot organisation in France. BUS supports people with birdshot from around the world as well as within the UK.
Who we are and what we do
BUS is run by people with birdshot for people with birdshot. We all give our time voluntarily. Any money we raise is used to set up and run Birdshot Days where we bring together people with this rare eye condition and professionals to learn from each other; to run this website and to stimulate research into birdshot. Our volunteers are also engaged in teaching, raising the profile of birdshot, supporting national and international members and fund-raising.
Overview of birdshot uveitis
For an overview of birdshot chorioretinopathy, click on the Birdshot navigation button above. To print off any of our factsheets, please go to the Factsheet section where there are PDF files that you can download.
For current news about birdshot, what we are doing to raise the profile of birdshot, projects we are involved in and items we think might interest you, please go to the News section. If you register with BUS, you will automatically receive regular news updates.
Contacting us for support
If you have been diagnosed with birdshot, we want to hear from you so that we can support you, offering information and help if you need it. Please contact us by sending us a short email via the contact form.
A range of healthcare professionals have also joined as members and we really welcome this development. If you are a healthcare professional who wants to know more about birdshot, or you want to link with other birdshot healthcare professionals or patients, we encourage you to become a member. You can do so by clicking on the ‘Register’ button below. Our birdshot community of professionals and birdshotters (as we call ourselves) in the UK and internationally is growing. We provide comprehensive information on birdshot, and ‘Team Birdshot’ is beginning to make a real impact. We have launched a National Birdshot Research Network (NBRN), we have contributed to setting up a UK national birdshot biobank and database, and we continue to fundraise to support birdshot research.
Membership and registration
We are keen to build up a database of everyone in the UK who has birdshot uveitis so that we can raise the profile of the eye condition and ensure appropriate treatment is offered to those with birdshot. We want to understand the incidence and prevalence of birdshot so that useful research for new treatments or prevention can be carried out. We also want to encourage healthcare professionals to join our register of people interested in birdshot. Please complete the form found here.
At this stage we simply need your name, email address and a short message, telling us a bit about your birdshot and where you receive your treatment, or, if you are a healthcare professional, your particular interest in birdshot. If you have birdshot, we will then be in touch with you by email and add you to our register. If you are a healthcare professional and need information or if you want to join the National Birdshot Research Network, please email us. All information will be treated confidentially.
If you would like to donate to BUS, please click on the link on the left.
If you are having difficulties navigating the website or finding the information you want, please use the search box at the top of the page or refer to the site map.