• Ophthalmology Clinical Research team with Hospital Heroes award

    Supporting the clinical trials teams

  • Viewing eyes through a slit lamp gives initial diagnosis

    Funding world-class vision research

  • A sponsored parachute jump to raise funds

     Fundraising to support vision science research

  • A PhD student examines stem cells through a microscope

     Funding PhD studentships

  • The culture supporting growth of stem cells is being renewed

     Supporting salaries and laboratory consumables

  • A baby has an eye exmination in Southampton Eye Unit

    Disease affects babies and young children

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Finding cures for blinding eye diseases

The Gift of Sight Appeal was established with the aim of funding world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness. 

The Gift of Sight research team is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the causes of blinding eye diseases and working towards potential treatments and therapies.


to the members of the Southampton Hospital Clinical Research team on being selected as runners up for 'research team of the year' by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Heroes Awards.

Professor Lotery also won the 'Clinical impact through research' award for delivering a research study which has led to a change in clinical practice locally. Please see a photograph of some of the team in our 'News' page.

Gift of Sight needs your votes to receive £25,000 from the Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Freemasons

We have received many generous donations from local Freemasonry groups and have been chosen as one of eight charities in the above Province to receive funding as part of Freemasonry's 300th anniversary celebrations.  Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000.  Voting will open from the 12 June 2017 until the 31 July 2017. and we would be extremely grateful for all the support you can give us.  Please remember that every single vote counts.

Children's eye research will benefit from this generous support.  One in four patients seen in Southampton Eye Unit are under 16 years of age.  We are delighted to help fund research which will identify vision problems and hopefully treat patients at an earlier stage of their development.  Childrens sight develops over the first few years of life so early diagnosis and treatment is vital to achieve the best outcome.   Please support us (from 12 June)  by visiting the Masonic Charitable Foundation website to register your vote by scrolling down to Gift of Sight.

Thank you.


With your support we aim to ensure vision into the future for those who are suffering today. Details of our most recent research papers can be found here.


Southampton researchers use heart drug to treat eye disease in groundbreaking study.

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If you have been diagnosed with eye disease and are likely to be making more visits to Southampton Eye Unit you may find our video interesting.


Appeal by Professor Andrew Lotery

If you would like to donate to help our work please see our page on 'How you can help'

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Your donations will help us to support research into eye problems which affect all age ranges.

Eye conditions

Many patients attend clinics for regular examinations to identify whether or not treatment is necessary