Our areas of research

Carlotta Camilli and Rob Sampson (UCL researchers)

Moorfields Eye Charity fund research in the following areas as part of our mission to support Moorfields to discover, develop and deliver the best eye care and to fulfil our objective to be the leading charity for research into eye health.

Research conducted in this category focuses on front of the eye, including the cornea which is the clear dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye, and the sclera which is the tough outer layer. Conditions related to this area of the eye include keratoconus, corneal ulcers and infections, blepharitis, conjunctivitis and dry eyes.

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Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged where it leaves the eye.  Although any vision which has been  lost to glaucoma cannot be recovered, with early diagnosis, careful monitoring and regular use of the treatments, further damage to vision can be prevented and most patients retain useful sight for life.  While there are usually no warning signs, regular eye tests will help detect the onset of the disease. Glaucoma  is one of the world's leading causes of blindness. In the UK, about two per cent of the population over 40 have the condition.  

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The macula is a small, but extremely important area located at the centre of the retina, the light-sensing tissue that lines the back of the eye.  It is responsible for seeing fine details clearly.  When the cells in the macular are damaged or degenerate the ability to make out finer details both up close and at a distance begins to decline.  Usually, only the central vision is affected so people have peripheral vision.

Macular disease affects people of all ages. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common condition, generally affecting people over 50 and diabetic macular oedema is the most common cause of sight loss in diabetics.   A group of rare inherited conditions called juvenile macular dystrophies can affect much younger people, including children. Two examples are Stargardt’s Disease and Best Disease. 

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Moorfields Eye Charity also support and fund research in the following areas, please check back soon to find more details on the research taking place:

  • Lens/cataract
  • Adnexal/extra-ocular
  • Neuro-ophthalmology/optic neuropathies
  • Ocular cancer
  • Paediatrics
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Ocular inflammatory diseases
  • Genetics/inherited eye disorders
  • Ocular motility/visual processing
  • Retinal/vitreo-retinal