What we do

How we work
No eye problem is too big or too small for us to take on. We are the leading UK charity 100% dedicated to funding pioneering eye research since 1965. We’re here to create a world everyone can see.

With so much science on the verge of finding new cures that could transform lives, we know that research has the answer.
Every year we invite applications for research grants from experts in eye research. Every application is put through a rigorous selection process and is scrutinised by a peer review panel.

We’re incredibly proud of our scientists and what they do every day. Our researchers are based at leading universities and hospitals across the UK.
Our vision
There are two million people in the UK currently affected by sight loss and this is set to double by 2050. Sight loss is one of the biggest health challenges we face as a country. Our vision is simple. We believe in a world everyone can see.
Our values
Science leads the way: We strive for excellence in everything we do, seeking evidence to inform all our work and decisions.

We dedicate ourselves to beating sight loss: We won’t give up until we improve the lives for people with sight loss.

We know that we achieve more by pulling together: We value the different strengths, skills and experiences that we all bring.
Our ambition
Our ambition is high. To stop sight loss caused by eye conditions and diseases. We'll achieve this by funding the best research, becoming a voice for people affected by sight loss and providing people affected by sight loss with the information they need.
Our strategy
Through our ambitious five-year 2017-2022 strategy we aim to transform the eye research landscape. We know that through the power of revolutionary science we can transform the lives of people affected by eye disease.

We take on the biggest challenges in eye research including the leading causes of blindness, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

We also work with children, adults with inherited eye disease and their families to find new treatments.

Sight loss doesn’t always start in the eye, which is why we also fund research into sight loss caused by other diseases, like diabetes, dementia and stroke.