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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Developing handheld equipment to save the sight of more premature babies

Helping to give better global access to good screening for retinopathy of prematurity

January 15 - December 17
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Automatic computer screening for retinopathy of prematurity

Developing a programme to support health professionals to decide when to give sight-saving laser treatment to premature babies

October 14 - September 17
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Understanding the biology behind blood new vessel growth in diabetic retinopathy

Aiming to prevent the damage to the eye caused by long-term high blood sugar that can lead to blindness

December 14 - September 16
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Changing the batteries in diabetic retinopathy

Understanding the effect of diabetes on the retina’s ability to remove and replace damaged mitochondria

October 16 - September 19
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Can gene therapy stop the inflammation linked to diabetic retinopathy?

Developing a new immune therapy.

January 16 - December 18
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What is the impact of diabetic retinopathy in the UK?

Building information to inform future healthcare policy

August 16 - July 19
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Automatic computer screening for diabetic retinopathy

Using high-tech machine learning to speed up diagnosis and lower costs.

October 15 - September 18
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Database of features of normal eye blood flow.

Creating a database to define a range of healthy blood flow.

January 18 - December 18
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Does choroideremia affect more than the eye?

A study to follow up recent evidence that faults in the REP1 protein may affect metabolism

January 17 - December 17
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How do faults in the RPGR gene cause X-linked retinitis pigmentosa?

Laying the groundwork for developing a cure for severe inherited blindness using gene editing technology

January 17 - January 18
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