We aim to raise £70,000 to fund a PhD student through their three year study to discover and pull through the next generation of sight-saving treatments. This will not only help build our future research base but will also be the start of a satisfying career in ophthalmology for one of our brightest talents and the potential of hope for that ever-increasing number of people facing the terrifying prospect of sight loss. Read more
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Pressure is raised in the eye which damages the optic nerve and increasingly causes sight loss. New treatments, including improved eye drops and surgical techniques to reduce this pressure in the eye are being researched. Read more
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world. Around 600,000 people in the UK currently have sight loss caused by AMD and 70,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Read more
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness amongst working age people in the UK (around 750,000 people in the UK display some symptoms of diabetic retinopathy) and we urgently need to find more effective treatments for this debilitating condition. Read more
Two million people in the UK are living with significant sight loss yet only 2% of all medical research funding is directed at eye disease. We need your help to find new treatments to combat eye disease, sight loss and blindness. Please give now. Read more
Two million people worldwide suffer from Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), of which Retinitis Pigmentosa is the most common. Collectively, they are the major cause of inherited sight loss, ultimately often leading to total blindness and with profound impacts on patients, their families and society. Read more
Uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, called the uvea or uveal tract. It may sometimes be caused by ocular sarcoidosis. Uveitis usually affects people aged 20 to 59, but it can also occur in children. Uveitis is the cause of around 15% of blindness in the UK and a leading cause of blindness in the working age population. Read more
Rare eye diseases such as birdshot uveitis, acanthamoeba keratitis, leber hereditary optic neuropathy, blepharospasm and Stargardt disease only affect around five people in every 10,000 but their impact is significant. Read more
Sight loss is often associated with old age but children's eye diseases are common and, if left untreated, can damage educational potential and lead to lifelong visual impairment. More research is needed to treat the causes of sight loss in children and young adults. Read more
Eyeplan Ltd, the leading provider of monthly payment eye care schemes in the UK, is celebrating 20 years in business this year. To mark the occasion, the company is sponsoring the Big Blind Walk 2018, a sight loss fundraising and awareness initiative that will see volunteers walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
There is too little money available for eye research.