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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 Southampton General Hospital in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Our areas of research are age related macular degeneration, nystagmus, inherited retinal diseases, glaucoma and conditions which affect a huge number of patients throughout the UK.

Our researchers combine laboratory research with treating patients in weekly clinics. This enables them to bring insights from the research laboratory directly to patients, many of whom in turn are firm and loyal supporters of the Appeal. We hold DNA samples relating to patients with age related macular degeneration, glaucoma and patients with inherited retinal diseases or nystagmus. These sample collections allow us to identify genetic risk factors for eye disease which enables us to determine better treatments for affected patients. In addition we are involved in multiple clinical trials relating to many eye diseases.