Gift of Sight benefits hugely from the generosity of people like you. We take every measure to spend your money wisely, on areas of research that will generate direct impact for patients. Every pound you give helps take us one step closer to finding better treatments for the very many of us, young and old, threatened by sight loss.
We also use your philanthropic gifts to leverage other research grant applications to funding bodies.
Your support enables us to help our amazing scientists. Thank you.
Please view some of our generous supporters' fundraising events on our Gallery page
Gift of Sight is currently funding:
Two PhD students thanks to the generosity of a patient who valued the impact that finding cures for blinding eye diseases could make on future patients. By leaving an amazing legacy gift she has enabled further vital research to proceed. We are all hugely grateful to her.
One postdoctoral scientist.
One laboratory research technician who provides support to all members of the team.
A research governance administrator is 60% funded by Gift of Sight.
Our researchers and technicians are asked to contribute to our regular Gift of Sight Newsletters to keep us updated with the progress of their studies.
'Our Gift of Sight Clinical Awards'
These awards, set up in 2019 to celebrate 70 years of the NHS, are awarded annually at the Wessex Ophthalmology SpR Audit and Research Study Days.
Clinicians, research orthoptists and academic researchers are invited to present their research with the prize facilitating attendance at a prestigious international research meeting. See full details of the recent award winners here.
'Some of our purchases' .
Kowa nonmyd 7 Fundus Camera
Supporting our clinical trials team. This new camera provides high quality retinal imaging and will be used for images of patient's eyes in the clinical trials unit.
N'site Heidelberg Software : Purchased for the clinicians at Southampton Eye Unit.
This equipment enhances the diagnosis of optic neuropathies for patients and Dr Helena Lee says:
'I thought you would like to know that the new Heidelberg Nsite software that was purcahased by GOS was installed today and it is already making a big difference in the investigation and management of the neuro-ophthalmic patients. As it happens our big monthly combined neuro-ophthalmology clinic was running this am and we used the software on nearly all of the patients. It was so useful that the neurology team want to switch over to using the Heidelberg scanner.
So a big smile and thank you to GOS from team neuro-ophthalmology. I suspect a lot of good things are going to come out of the software in the near future.'
Plusoptix Auto Refractor
Purchased for children's eye research. This equipment reduces clinic visit times for children from over 90 minutes to 20/30 minutes. A win-win for the children and for orthoptists who can fit in more patients and take less of their time, whilst collecting data which will help in clinic and with research.
Liebherr GG5210740 lockable freezer
DNA samples need to be kept at -80ºC in a lockable freezer. Our laboratory technicians have an amazingly well documented system to keeping these samples which are anonymised in accordance with ethical requirements.