Our research

Fight for Sight funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease in adults and children. Each year, we provide a range of funding opportunities for research teams based in the UK who are attached to recognised academic or medical institutions. You can read summaries of our research projects below.

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What’s the best way to prepare donor tissue for corneal transplant?

Aiming to improve the quality of life for patients and reduce NHS costs

December 16 - November 17
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How does the immune system respond to fungal infection at the front of the eye?

Studying gene activity at the cornea as a first step to developing treatment.

November 16 - October 17
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Microbial keratitis in Malawi

Testing a new way of collecting samples from the cornea to help identify the causes of blinding eye infection

February 17 - July 17
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Finding the genetic cause of dry eye syndrome

A study of 20,000 people aiming to improve diagnosis and treatment of a very common cause of poor eye health

January 17 - December 17
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A strain of bacteria resistant to contact lens solution

Understanding a new cause of eye infection and sight loss

October 16 - September 19
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Do stem cells in the cornea have their own genetic ‘fingerprint’?

Improving the stem cell transplant process

January 16 - December 16
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What makes so many corneal donor stem cell transplants fail?

Aiming to restore sight for people with limbal stem cell deficiency in both eyes

January 16 - December 16
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Acanthamoeba under the microscope

Finding out who will need longer treatment to save their sight.

March 16 - March 17
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Reducing the risk of repeat growths on the eye.

Improving treatment outcomes in a common cause of impaired vision.

March 16 - February 18
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The genetics of conditions that affect the cornea’s inner lining

Looking for alternatives to corneal transplant surgery.

October 15 - March 19
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