"Moorfields has given me and my family a far greater life than we would have had otherwise."
"Without Moorfields my life would be quite difficult. Losing your sight is a very emotional thing."
"Today I recognise that without Moorfields and their expertise and input and wonderful attention, I would literally be totally blind."
As the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary we look at how, with your help, we can make further advances in eye care and treatment for the next 70 years and beyond.
We are so proud to work alongside the outstanding UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, to support the world-class Moorfields Eye Hospital. Over the past five years alone donations have helped the charity to:
- invest £16 million in research
- fund £1.5 million of equipment to help advance research and also improve patient experience
- provide over 140 grants to support a range of conditions such as glaucoma and retinal diseases
- support more than 30 clinical and science researchers embarking on or advancing their careers
Every day we hear from those who have been inspired by the quality of the care they have received. We want to ensure that future developments continue to help others. Through the strong bond between the hospital and charity, we can make that happen – but only with your help. Charitable support has always been at the centre of Moorfields’ development and will continue to be a crucial part of its plans for the future.
To donate a single gift of £70 to celebrate our 70 years, please use the button below:
A journey together
Moorfields has seen a transformation in the treatment of eye disease in the past 70 years. It has seen:
- new techniques used by the hospital such as microsurgery
- an array of specialist clinics staffed by enthusiastic doctors, nurses and optometrists keen to develop their expertise
- a new retinal diagnostic service using fluorescein dye to show abnormalities
- The unique partnership between the hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology continues to pioneer treatments for adults and since 2007 we have had the world’s largest children’s eye centre.
But with your help, there is even more that can be done to change more lives.
To learn more about the incredible transformation of Moorfields Eye Hospital you can watch the Moorfields episode of the BBC documentary series “how the NHS changed our world”. Follow Dr Oscar Duke on his journey to find out how Moorfields has changed over the past 70 years.
The BBC have also profiled ‘how Moorfields changed the world’ in a news article online.
Underpinning the advances in eye care is the collaboration of Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Charity and your continued support. Together we lead the way in vision research and continue to pioneer treatments. Advancements include:
- identification of genetic variants that may predict the risk of developing glaucoma and pave the way for a genetic-based screening programme to help identify, earlier, the world’s leading cause of incurable blindness
- first patients to receive retinal tissue engineered from stem cells, for people with wet age-related macular degeneration, regain reading vision
- implementation of nurse-delivered anti-VEGF injections to treat conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and eye complications caused by diabetes.
We need our unique partnership to continue to work together to make sure the journey of discovery continues. You can help us to:
- prevent macular degeneration rather than just delaying its progression
- prevent sight loss caused by diabetes
- utilise robotics to enhance precision and consistency in surgery
- buy the leading-edge equipment we need to bring new treatments to patients faster.
The generosity of donors can be crucial when it comes to novel therapies. With their help we can fund pilot studies which can enable us to apply for major grants. It can be hard to find funds to do that otherwise.
Adnan Tufail, consultant clinical and research lead for AMD at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Anti-VEGF injections, developed through research, have been a huge benefit for people living with wet age-related macular degeneration. The charity continues to support further research and purchase the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
Adam Mapani, nurse consultant medical retina and UCL clinical teaching fellow.
In 1948, the year the NHS was born, Leonard Tappin began a relationship with Moorfields which has continued to this day. He was treated for a particle in his eye and then following a routine eye test 15 years ago, he was referred to Moorfields for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Since then he comes to Moorfields every six weeks for anti-VEGF injections. Although there is as yet no cure for AMD, the injections are preventing any further sight loss.
Moorfields is a great hospital and Mr Tufail and his team are like family. Without Moorfields I might have lost my sight by this stage and be unable to enjoy going fishing with my grandchildren.
Leonard Tappin, patient at Moorfields Eye Charity.
To donate towards our summer appeal and make a special anniversary gift, you can either:
Make a single donation to improve the lives of patients with sight loss or, set-up a regular direct debit to ensure our continued support of this work.
To donate a single gift of £70 to celebrate our 70 years, please click the button below: