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About us

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

Gift of Sight is managed by the University of Southampton and is located in the Development and Alumni Relations office.  The University of Southampton is an 'Exempt Charity' (Inland Revenue reference number X19140) as noted in the Second Schedule of the 1960 Charities Act.

The Gift of Sight Eye Research Centre is based at University Hospital Southampton, United Kingdom. Our researchers are discovering the reaons for blinding eye conditions that affect patients of all ages.

Our researchers combine laboratory research with treating patients in weekly clinics. Insights from the research laboratory translate directly into helping develop new treatments for patients, many of whom are firm and loyal supporters of the Appeal. We hold samples in our laboratory donated by patients.These sample collections allow us to identify genetic risk factors for eye diseases, helping us identify better treatments for affected patients. In addition we are involved in multiple clinical trials.