Links to Charities

 
Please see below a list of various charities working to improve the lives of people with visual impairments either via providing direct services, promoting awareness of specific ophthalmic conditions or advocating and facilitating research.
 
The charities have been group according to the main scope of their activities. The explanations of their work are by no means exhaustive or exclusive to that main activity group.
 
The list of charities is not comprehensive.
 
You can also search a directory of services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people via http://www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk/
 

National UK patient services

  • Action for Blind People - Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach, providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages.
  • Contact a Family - provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children.
  • Diabetes UK - working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind - are to promote the health, equality and independence of blind and partially sighted people.
  • The Macular Society - a specialist charity for people affected by any form of macular disease or macular degeneration.
  • Micro & Anophthalmic Childrens Society (MACS) - run by volunteer parents with children who have the eye conditions, and by young people who are directly affected.
  • Nystagmus Network - by individuals and families affected by the eye condition nystagmus.
  • ​​Olivia's Vision - founded to provide patient support to uveitis sufferers and their families. Raises awareness of uveitis and funds to sponsor uveitis fellowships.  Has an active forum, helpline and website.
  • Royal London Society for Blind People- RLSB exists to help blind and partially sighted young people live life without limits.  With a  history spanning more than 170 years, the RLSB has become an expert in helping blind people achieve their goals in life.
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offers information, support and advice to people with sight loss.
  • SeeAbility - to encourage people who are blind or partially sighted and have other multiple disabilities to achieve their full potential and enhance their quality of life.
  • The Partially Sighted Society - a nationwide organisation offers a range of services, including catering for education, employment, social, domestic and leisure needs.
  • Thomas Pocklington Trust - offers people who are blind or have sight loss the help, support and care they require to lead an independent life, based on their individual requirements. Housing and resource centres based in London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stourbridge and Plymouth,
  • Torch Trust - TORCH TRUST’s aims can be summarised as enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.
  • Uveitis Information Group - a patient led charity, based in the UK, run by volunteers who suffer from uveitis.
  • Vision 2020 UK - an umbrella organisation which facilitates greater collaboration and co-operation between organisations in the UK which focus on visual impairment and operate on a national, regional or international basis.
  • VocalEyes  - nationwide audio description charity, providing access to the arts for blind and partially sighted people

Regional UK patient services

International patient and professional development services

  • Al Hasan Foundation – working to improve ophthalmic services in Iraq.
  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) - works to encourage the formation of national prevention of blindness committees and programmes, led by governments with input from the WHO, local and international non-governmental organisations.
  • International Glaucoma Association (IGA) - is the charity for people with glaucoma, with the mission to raise awareness of glaucoma, promote research related to early diagnosis and treatment and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them.
  • Orbis - ORBIS prevents and treats blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. By providing the tools, training, and technology necessary for local partners to develop their own capacity to provide quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable. ORBIS is dedicated to saving sight and eliminating avoidable blindness worldwide.
  • Ridley Eye Foundation - Supports initiatives in developing countries concentrating on cataract surgery.
  • Sight Savers International - an international charity which works with partners to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world.
  • Vision 2020 - the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) with an international membership of NGOs, professional associations, eye care institutions and corporations
  • World Sight Foundation - aims to deliver sustainable solutions for the alleviation of blindness, and for preserving sight, anywhere in the world. The WSF works to enhance the skills of locally-based eye care professionals through education.

Research

  • Action Medical Research - offering a wide range of research into rare diseases in children. They have funded a lot of research into sight issues in new-born children
  • British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society – Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic disease of the eye which results in the deterioration of vision, and often complete blindness the charity raises funds for medical and scientific research to support projects ranging from basic science to clinical trials of potential treatments.
  • British Council for the Prevention of Blindness - focus on funding research, including Fellowships, which has the potential to make breakthroughs in understanding and treating currently incurable eye diseases, and on operational research to improve best practice and delivery of eye care services.
  • Diabetes UK - working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.
  • Fight for Sight - Since 1965 Fight for Sight has raised funds to support medical research into a wide-range of eye conditions.
  • Fighting Blindness – funds research into cures and treatments for blindness. It also provides a unique professional counselling centre for people with visual impairments and their families.
  • Gift of Sight - funds research into a range of diseases that cause blindness.
  • International Glaucoma Association (IGA) - is the charity for people with glaucoma, with the mission to raise awareness of glaucoma, promote research related to early diagnosis and treatment and to provide support to patients and all those who care for them.
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists – a dedicated research fund to support original or innovative research and educational programmes and services for clinician researchers, for which funding is not always available through traditional routes.
  • Thomas Pocklington Trust - We invest in a research and development programme which aims to identify practical ways to improve the lives of people who are blind or have sight loss by improving social inclusion, independence and quality of life, and improving and developing service outcomes as well as focusing on public health issues.
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