The research funding gap

Your gift today could help protect people with sight loss from a crisis in research funding

Right now, 2.5 million people in the UK are living with sight loss. And this number is expected to jump to 3.5 million by 2050. Ophthalmology appointments accounted for the highest number of NHS attendances in England in 2018/19, at 7.8 million. Combined, eye conditions cost the UK economy a staggering £25.2 billion a year and rising. 

However, life-changing eye research is desperately underfunded. Just 1.5 percent of national medical research funding in invested in eye research. That’s £9.60 a year for each person with sight loss. And the coronavirus pandemic has further compounded the severe underfunding of eye research. 


Will you donate today to help save sight loss research and give people hope of a future everyone can see?

With your continued support, we can keep our researchers in the lab and transform even more lives. We won’t stop until we’ve found new treatments and cures for the leading causes of blindness.