We need your help to create a future everyone can see

Eye disease has a profound impact on everyday life. And for the many people who start to lose their sight in the UK everyday, that impact is a reality. There are already two million people living in the UK affected by visual impairment. That’s two million too many. We believe sight loss is not inevitable. It is only through medical research we will make sight loss a thing of the past. Your support is vital to our work.

Fighting sight loss

The amazing progress we are making in eye research is only possible thanks to our supporters like you. Find out more about some of the conditions our researchers are working on.
  • Age-related macular degeneration

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the macula – a small part of the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye (the retina). We use the macula for the central, detailed vision needed for reading and driving. AMD can be diagnosed as either ‘dry’ or ‘wet’. Dry AMD is more common and generally results in a slower loss of vision.
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  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions that cause sight loss because of damage to the optic nerve. This is the specialised cable that sends signals from eye to brain. Sight lost to glaucoma cannot be recovered. It’s the second most common cause of blindness in the world after cataract.
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  • Retinitis pigmentosa

    Retinitis pigmentosa is the name given to a group of inherited disorders that affect the light-sensitive part of the eye (the retina). It is the most common inherited eye condition, affecting 1 in 4000 people.
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  • Diabetic retinopathy

    Diabetic retinopathy is a major complication of diabetes. It affects the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye (the retina). It is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK amongst people of working age. Left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.
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Living with sight loss

Belinda was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 2010.

It’s more prevalent in women and can come in two forms, dry and wet. Belinda was initially diagnosed with dry macular degeneration after going for a routine eye test. She was shocked as she hardly had any problems with her sight beforehand.

After the diagnosis she didn't really notice any difference with her vision. However, as a keen sailor and being a lover of the sea, one day she noticed that the horizon was slightly wavy and this caused her some concern.

From then on her eye sight started to deteriorate slowly. She has now developed wet AMD and has cataracts in both eyes. Belinda’s central vision has been affected and she has had to make certain adjustments in her life, giving up her passions such as photography, having once taken the photo of Mikhal Gorbachev, and bookbinding.

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Belindas fight for sight age related macular degeneration


Maureen was diagnosed with glaucoma after an eye appointment

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Matilda's story living with corneal dystrophy

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Living with congenital cataracts

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