A vision charity has invested more money into its work to understand eye conditions and what causes them.
Fight for Sight has set aside £1.4 million in funding for research into the prevention and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal dystrophy, Stargardt"s disease and visual impairment in children.
According to Michele Acton, chief executive of Fight for Sight, the grants programme is "extremely competitive".
"Sadly every year we receive many more applications than we are able to support. We have chosen to fund ten projects, across a number of disease areas, which offer real hope to the many people affected by blindness and eye disease," she said.
The research into AMD and retinitis pigmentosa is being carried out at a number of facilities, including King"s College Hospital, where Mr Tim Jackson and Dr Klaus Suhling will look at ways of improving treatments for wet AMD.
by Adrian Galbreth