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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' (HMRC reference number X19140) under the terms of the Charities Act 2011.

 Our vision research laboratories are situated at University Hospital Southampton, United Kingdom. 

Southampton Eye Unit Sign Researchers combine laboratory research with treating patients in Southampton Eye Unit, some of whom live outside of Southampton but have been referred to our clinics for specialist care.

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. This ‘bench to bedside’ approach can only be undertaken when academic and clinical scientists have recourse to patients who suffer with eye conditions being researched on site.

Patients from our clinics can sometimes be recruited to help shape future treatments by being involved in clinical trials undertaken if they meet the criteria for a particular study. More details are given here.