National Eye Research Centre funds eye research throughout the UK but is based in Bristol Eye Hospital with an office and services provided free of charge by the University of Bristol so that more of our supporters' money can be spent directly on our vital eye research programmes.

The charity was founded in 1986 by then Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Bristol and Consultant Ophthalmologist within University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust, David Easty MD FRCS. The charity raised money vital to expand Professor Easty's eye research programme in Bristol. As the charity grew it started to invest in the best eye research projects wherever they were being undertaken throughout the UK, although a significant proportion of money raised locally remains invested in the Bristol department. For example, the charity funds the dowry of the University's present Professor of Ophthalmology, Andrew Dick MD FRCS FRCP FRCOphth. We remain true friends of Bristol Eye Hospital.

Professor Andrew Dick

Image: Professor Andrew Dick

One of the charity's first achievements, and longest running research programmes, enabled the establishment of the Corneal Transplant Service. The necessary surgical techniques required to deliver a successful corneal transplant were developed from research funded by National Eye Research Centre. Consequently, Bristol Eye Hospital now houses one of only two corneal tissue banks in the UK for patients requiring a corneal transplant.

The corneal preparation room at Bristol Eye Hospital

Image: The Corneal Preparation Room in Bristol Eye Hospital

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