Scientists and doctors will be able to use the most modern advances in DNA technology to carry out research into eye conditions.
Three "genetics hubs" will be established in Edinburgh, Cambridge and Liverpool to allow access to the technology, the Times reported.
Jo Whittaker, director of Genetics Laboratories at Addenbrooke"s Hospital, said the DNA technology could help tests be carried out faster and more accurately in order to find inherited eye problems such as retinitis pigmentosa.
A £7 million investment from the Medical Research Council has been given for the scheme.
"We hope the hubs will allow scientists to ask increasingly precise questions about diseases and gather answers that were undreamt of only a decade ago," said MRC chief operating officer John Jeans.
Studies will be carried out on eye diseases and other conditions such as cancer and kidney problems.
by Emily Tait