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About us

Every six minutes in the UK someone loses their sight and by 2050 an estimated four million people will be living with sight loss and blindness. Fight for Sight is the UK’s leading eye research charity at the forefront of pioneering science. We currently invest £8m in over 150 projects at leading universities and hospitals around the UK, funding some of the brightest minds in science.

It’s an exciting time at Fight for Sight and we are at the crucial point in our fight against sight loss. This year we are launching a report and campaign to highlight the impact of sight loss and blindness on people and wider society as well as demonstrating the possibilities of eye research to transform lives.

The research we fund has already led to transformational treatments that are beginning to stop blindness from eye diseases and we have a target of new treatments for the leading causes of blindness in the next decade.

However, more needs to be done. Currently, only one percent of national public funding is invested in eye research, despite the fact that twenty percent of people in the UK will experience serious sight loss or blindness in their lifetime.

Our mission is to stop sight loss through pioneering research. The science we fund is on the verge of so many discoveries that are already transforming lives. With your support we can create a world that everyone can see.

What we do

How we work

No eye problem is too big or too small for us to take on. We are the UK’s largest charity funding pioneering eye research since 1965. We’re here to create a world without sight loss.

With so much science on the verge of finding new cures that could transform lives, we know that research has the answer.

Every year we invite applications for research grants from experts in eye research. Every application is put through a rigorous selection process and is scrutinised by a peer review panel.

We’re incredibly proud of our scientists and what they do every day. Our researchers are based at leading universities and hospitals across the UK.

Our vision

There are two million people in the UK currently affected by sight loss and this is set to double by 2050. Sight loss is one of the biggest health challenges we face as a country. Our vision is simple. We believe in a world everyone see.

Our ambition

Our ambition is high. To stop sight loss caused by eye conditions and diseases. We'll achieve this by funding the best research, becoming a voice for people affected by sight loss and providing people affected by sight loss with the information they need.

Our strategy

Through our ambitious Research Strategy we aim to transform the eye research landscape. We know that through the power of revolutionary science we can transform the lives of people affected by eye disease.

We take on the biggest challenges in eye research including the leading causes of blindness, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

We also work with children, adults with inherited eye disease and their families to find new treatments.

Sight loss doesn’t always start in the eye, which is why we also fund research into sight loss caused by other diseases, like diabetes, dementia and stroke.

Further reading

Annual Report 2017/18
Directors' Report and Financial Statements 2019
Research Strategy 2017-2022
Our Research successes
Organisational Strategy Map
History and achievements
Working for us
Fight for Sight website