What We Do


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

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. 

The charity was formed in 1986 and has invested over £14 million into eye research at leading UK centres of excellence in ophthalmology. We receive no statutory funding and are 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 (AMRC) 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.

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