What we do

As the UK’s leading eye research charity we help people who are living with eye conditions by finding new pioneering treatments to treat and prevent sight loss. Over two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this number is set to rise.

We don’t believe that sight loss is inevitable and we’re actively working towards the next big breakthroughs. We are currently funding over 160 research projects at 49 different universities and hospitals across the UK.

Over the course of our history our work has resulted in breakthroughs that include new treatments to save the sight of premature babies, the world’s first clinical trials to test gene therapies for inherited eye conditions, the development of PEEK, a smartphone-based system to enable eye testing anywhere in the world, and the creation of a corneal transplant service.

We fund research in to all eye conditions, with a focus on four key areas so that we can have the most impact for people with sight loss. These are glaucoma, macular degeneration, inherited eye conditions and sight loss linked to other conditions, such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

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