Fight for Sight Award

The Fight for Sight Award of £5,000 is open to young ophthalmologists and scientists working in the field of ophthalmology throughout the UK.

The original award was set up in 1990 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Iris Fund. In 2005 Fight for Sight merged with the British Eye Research Foundation (previously the Iris Fund for the Prevention of Blindness). The merged charity is now the UK’s leading charity funding pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.

The award will be made in recognition of the completion of a significant piece of research (completed within 18 months prior to the closing date) in an area that falls within the remit of the charity. It is intended that the award will be used to further the education of the award winner by being spent on research-related activities including attendance at conferences and seminars on ophthalmology. Applicants must be under 40 on 1 January during the year in which they apply.

The award is made by a committee appointed by the Education Committee of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Trustees of Fight for Sight.

In 2009 Mr Alex Shortt received the award for his work on limbal stem cell transplantation carried out at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, as part of his PhD training.

Mr Rizwan Malik at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was awarded the Fight for Sight Award in 2010 for his research into the early detection of glaucoma using the photopic negative response component of the flash electroretinogram.

In 2011 Dr Reinhold Medina Benevente from Queen's University Belfast received the award for his research into a novel vascular stem cell therapy for ischaemic retinopathies.

Mr Tiarnan Keenan from the University of Manchester received the award in 2012 for his research into complement factor H in age-related macular degeneration.

The award for 2013 was made to Mr Geraint Williams from the University of Birmingham for his research on the characterisation of the inflammatory cell infiltration in ocular mucous membrane pemphigoid.

The award for 2014 was made to Dr Christos Bergeles from Imperial College London for his research on the development of microrobotics for intravitreal surgery and delivery of drugs to the eye.

Miss Helena Lee was awarded the Fight for Sight Award in 2015 for her research into retinal development in children and young adults using a handheld optical coherence tomography, which was carried out at the University of Leicester.

Miss Rosalind Stewart from the University of Liverpool received the Fight for Sight award in 2016 for her work on the characterisation of stem cells in the conjunctiva.

Miss Katie Williams from King's College London received the Fight for sight award in 2017 for her work on Myopia and the impact of education in Europe. 


The closing date for 2019 applications was Thursday 28 February 2019.

How to apply

Application forms are available on The Royal College of Ophthalmologists website. Applications must be accompanied by a supporting paper (published or otherwise) detailing your significant piece of research and full curriculum vitae.

Please email an electronic version of your completed application form, CV and supporting paper to

In addition to this, please post 5 hard copies of your application form, CV and a supporting paper to:

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Education and Training Department- Awards and Prizes
18 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

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