What We Do

National Eye Research Centre funds research into the causes and treatments of eye disease, sight loss and blindness. We publish the results of that research in order to stimulate further research advances in ophthalmology.

Our vision is a world in which there is an effective treatment for every eye disease.

Eye research is showing promising results through new techniques, such as stem cell research, inherited genetic disorders and in our understanding of inflammatory eye disease.

Forty people lose their sight every day in the UK; yet sight is the sense that people fear losing the most. However, eye research remains critically underfunded with large research grants often directed at other disease groups, like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Only 2% of all medical research funding is directed at sight loss and eye disease yet blindness is generally feared second only to a cancer diagnosis. We need your help to correct this under-investment in eye research. Pictured above (from L to R) are Stephen Williams, Liberal Democrat candidate for Bristol West, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the Charity's patron, Lord Low of Dalston, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment and Mike Daw, Chief Executive of the Charity at a recent Parliamentary Reception aimed at raising awareness of this critical under-investment in eye research

If we are to live in a world where people do not need to fear losing their sight we have to raise funds in a challenging economic environment to ensure this vital eye research is carried out.

The charity was formed in 1986 and has invested over £20 million into eye research at leading UK centres of excellence in ophthalmology. It receives no statutory funding and is dependent on the generosity of the public to fund vital eye research. We are grateful for all donations and especially to those people who generously remember the charity in their wills. National Eye Research Centre is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO, registered charity number 1156134).

National Eye Research Centre is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and abides by its principles of best practice at all times.

Please help us and donate today. Every gift, no matter how small, brings the day closer when another eye disease becomes treatable.

We promise our supporters:

  • We will NEVER sell your details
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  • We are members of the Fundraising Standards Board and abide by their strict code of conduct for best practice in our fundraising