Since its formation in 1986, the research funded by the charity has made significant advances in ophthalmology and eye disease.
The establishment of the Corneal Transplant Service Eye Banks in Bristol and Manchester was a major achievement. Associated research resulted in techniques to optimise tissue processing for corneal transplantation and in overcoming corneal graft rejection.
Advances have been made in understanding likely visual outcomes of glaucoma alongside testing the best approaches for treating patients. New therapies have been introduced for the treatment of inflammatory eye disease and national and international awards have been received in connection with this research. Further research has led to improvements being developed in the patient care of those suffering from macular disease, genetic inherited disorders and uveitis.
The research group in Bristol investigating stem cells is an international leader in its field. Exciting progress has been made towards establishing treatments for conditions for which there is currently no known cure, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and damage to the retina caused by inflammation, stroke or injury.
Further advances have been made through research into mucins, dry eye condition and other eye conditions involving the front of the eye.
Much has also been achieved in the field of children’s eye research. One study has led to influential world findings of how vision develops and useful research has advanced knowledge about how to achieve the best results when patching the eyes of children who suffer with ‘lazy eye’ (Amblyopia), which can result in extreme short sight.