• 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.  Age-related macular degeneration studies could also provide therapies for other blinding retinal diseases.

The Gift of Sight research team is dedicated to furthering our understanding of the causes and treatments for blinding eye diseases. Our adult ocular stem cell and gene therapy programmes are gaining momentum towards future therapies and treatments. 

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.

Please follow this link.


Professor Andrew Lotery, Research Director of Gift of Sight Appeal, receives prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator Award.

Please read our News page for further details.

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.

A recent International Study has revealed new genetic clues to Age-related Macular Degeneration.  Please read the report here.


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