How does it feel to know that your Dad has dedicated his career to changing the lives of others? Every day, the guy that brought you up goes to work and does everything he can to try and prevent millions of people from losing their sight.

This weekend, in honour of Father’s Day, we asked a selection of young people to tell us what it’s like to have a Dad that’s a trailblazing researcher. Here’s what they had to say:

Kate is 16 years old, her Dad is Dr Richard Lee, he’s the Clinical Director of R&D at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of eye health services in the UK and a world-class centre of excellence for ophthalmic research and education.

Kate and Richard

Kate told us: “I am proud of my Dad because his work saves people's sight, and the research that he does means that this will continue to happen in newer and better ways for years to come. Even though we miss him lots while he is in London, we know that what he is doing is very important and has a big impact on the world!”

Seonaid (26) and Fergus (18) are huge fans of their Dad, Professor Andrew Dick. He’s a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Bristol, an Eye Consultant at Bristol Eye Hospital and the Director of The Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London. Amongst many great achievements, Andrew and his team developed ground-breaking treatments for Uveitis (inflammation of the eye). The solutions that Andrew has discovered are now in common practice and have revolutionised the outcome for what can be a blinding eye condition.  

Andrew, Seonaid and Fergus

Seonaid and Fergus said: “We are proud of our Dad because he has dedicated his life to giving others a better quality of theirs. He has taught us to be selfless and driven, and inspires us to work hard and help others, and for that we are forever grateful. Happy Father’s Day, Dad :)”

Dr J Arjuna Ratnayaka is a Lecturer in Vision Sciences (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Southampton. His group at Southampton studies molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathophysiology in the senescent retina and brain (why cells in the eye get damaged and how this leads to blindness). When he’s not pioneering solutions for sight loss, Arjuna spends time raising awareness and understanding around conditions that cause people to go blind or develop Alzheimer’s. He’s also a much-loved member of NERC’s Scientific Advisory Committee – the team that help us decide which projects to fund each year.

Josh is Arjuna’s son, he’s 12 years old and told us: “I’m really proud of my Dad for working so hard in eye research. Hopefully, one day, loads of people can benefit from it.”

We’re wishing all the Dads in our community a very Happy Father’s Day! Get those slippers on, let the Dad jokes flow and relax - you've earned it!