The Gift of Sight Eye Research Centre is based at Southampton General Hospital in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Our main areas of research are age related macular degeneration, glaucoma, inherited retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and childhood conditions such as nystagmus.
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. Currently we have collected DNA samples on over 700 patients with age related macular degeneration 600 DNA samples from glaucoma patients and several hundred DNA samples from 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 particularly for age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Since 2004 the combined research efforts of ourselves and colleagues around the world have resulted in a significant number of patients with wet AMD now having treatment that brings a significant improvement to their sight. Patients across the UK can drive, read and go out independently again.
Gift of Sight is managed by the University of Southampton and is part of the Development and Alumni Relations team.
Please contact Ailsa Walter at:
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 9073