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Please see below a list of various charities working to improve the lives of people with visual impairments through providing direct services, promoting awareness of specific ophthalmic conditions, or advocating and facilitating research.

This list of charities is not comprehensive.  You can search a more detailed directory of services and information aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people at Sight Line Directory:

  • Aniridia Network – a support group and charity concerned with this rare genetic condition which causes a lack of irises (the coloured ring) in the eyes and poor vision from birth
  • Blind Veterans UK – a national charity providing free support and services to all vision-impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.
  • Diabetes UK – working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition
  • Fight for Sight – funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease in adults and children
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind – promoting the health, equality and independence of blind and partially sighted people
  • The Health Foundation – an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK
  • International Glaucoma Association (IGA) – is a UK-based charity for people with glaucoma. They provide information and support to people with glaucoma, provide funding for research related to early diagnosis and treatment, and educate professionals and the public about the condition. For more information about glaucoma and their services, visit their website or call their helpline on 01233 64 81 70.The Royal College of Ophthalmologists facilitates the annual International Glaucoma Association Research Awards.
  • The Macular Society – a specialist charity for people affected by any form of macular disease or macular degeneration
  • Mercy Ships – operates the world’s largest charitable hospital ship, bringing free medical care and surgery to some of the world’s poorest people.
  • Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia & Coloboma Support (MACS) – provides support and information to parents and carers of children with Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia, Coloboma and related conditions.
  • Nystagmus Network – run by individuals and families affected by the eye condition nystagmus
  • Orbis – prevents and treats blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. ORBIS provides 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
  • Retina UK – supports people affected by inherited progressive sight loss and invests in medical research to ensure that people can live a fulfilling life, now and in the future
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offers information, support and advice to people with sight loss
  • SeeAbility – works 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
  • 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
  • St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group – charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, treating patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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