Eye Disease


To retain sight that would otherwise be lost, to restore sight that’s fading, to brighten the way for all of us at every stage of life, from childhood to maturity. These are goals we can achieve - together.

Take a moment and imagine what life without sight must be like. Daunting isn’t it? For too many people there is no need to imagine - it is their reality. Yet science holds the key to dramatic improvements and at Queen’s we are spearheading the fight against vision-related diseases. Led by Professor Alan Stitt, the work of our researchers at Queen’s Centre for Experimental medicine is winning international renown.

Our Vision Sciences research programme enjoys an established reputation in areas such as inherited retinal degeneration affecting young children, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, the most common cause of blindness. The possibilities for the future are even more inspiring. Replicating the model of the successful Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, from 2014 The Wellcome-Wolfson Centre for Experimental Medicine will bring leading researchers in vision sciences together in state-of-the-art facilities.

Lab-based scientists will work closely with clinicians to propel Queen’s to the forefront of this field. You can help us transform the lives of so many people, young and old.

“This research has helped
save my sight so far. If it can
help me, how many more
can it help in the future?”

Marianne Gould, currently being treated for
age related macular degeneration.