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Tommy Salisbury
"I was diagnosed with choroideremia when I was four. I’m hoping the current clinical trial will mean I can be treated soon."

Will you accept losing your sight as an inevitable part of ageing? At the current rate, one in nine of us will be living with sight loss from the age of 60. And if we are, we’ll struggle with everyday tasks and could lose our independence. We’ll no longer be able to see our loved ones or the world around us.

We urgently need to invest in eye research so that by the time we retire, we won’t have to accept losing our sight.

Our current research programme of over £8 million is focussed on preventing and treating eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, inherited eye diseases and childhood conditions. We also fund research into a large number of rare eye diseases.

As well as transforming individual lives by saving and restoring sight, our work gives people the chance to live life to the full and creates a world where everyone can play an active and valued role. Our recent successes include:

  • saving the sight of thousands of premature babies through understanding and controlling levels of oxygen delivery
  • restoring sight by establishing the UK Corneal Transplant Service enabling over 52,000 corneal transplants to take place
  • providing the funding for the research leading to the world’s first clinical trial for choroideremia
  • bringing hope to children with inherited eye disease by helping to fund the team responsible for the world’s first gene therapy clinical trial
  • identifying new genes responsible for keratoconus and Nance-Horan syndrome.

We rely on voluntary donations and legacies to fund our vital research programme – giving hope to the 2 million people in the UK estimated to be affected by sight loss.

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