Eye Research Overview

As a leading eye-disease research charity, we meet a national need for increased research into the structure and workings of the eye, into the causes of and treatments for eye diseases and the prevention of blindness. Advances made in collaboration with centres of excellence in eye research across the country are bringing fresh hope of developing cures for several currently incurable diseases - we believe that prevention is better than cure.

  • The valuable research we fund covers many of the more frequent causes of sight loss, affecting both young and old alike, and takes the form of small and large project grants, PhD studentships and funding essential lab equipment. The research we fund is carried out in research establishments across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Recent studies show that people fear losing their sight second only to a cancer diagnosis, yet less than 2% of all UK medical research funding is directed at diseases of the eye, leaving eye research critically underfunded. AMRC have published an interesting infographic on the structure of funding of medical research in the UK APPG_infographics_sheet.pdf
  • We are currently funding research looking into cures for some of the more debilitating eye conditions such as: uveitis, retinal diseases, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), corneal graft rejection and children's eye diseases, such as 'lazy eye' (Amblyopia).
  • Research successes include the University of Bristol developing tests that can predict responses to treatment with steroids for uveitis. This now allows researchers to move on to the next step of tailoring the right treatments to the patients most at need.

If you are a research scientist in ophthalmology and wish to apply for funding from National Eye Research Centre the relevant guidance and application forms can be found here.

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

Eye research costs money. National Eye Research Centre receives no statutory funding and is totally reliant on public donations. If you can, help us raise money for eye research please make a donation now.