Research Funding

Scottish War Blinded is part of a unique partnership funding research for treatment of one of the world's leading causes of blindness.

Scottish War Blinded, Blind Veterans UK, Fight for Sight, and the Macular Society are working in collaboration to transform the funding of research to address age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The collaboration, called Action Against AMD, is a response to the increasing prevalence of sight loss among the world’s ageing population. AMD is by far the biggest cause of visual impairment in the developed world and the third biggest globally.

In the UK 600,000 people are living with late-stage AMD today, a figure set to double by 2050.

In spite of this, only a small fraction, 0.2%, of public funding of research is spent on AMD.

Scottish War Blinded contribute to this funding as many of the veterans supported by our services have experienced sight loss as a result of AMD.

The aim of the partnership is to develop an intervention that prevents early stage AMD progressing to the point where people lose their sight. The charities have agreed to co-fund a three-year development project, worth £1m, to kick-start the generation of new funding streams to invest in the necessary research.  

Find out more about the research funded, in part by Scottish War Blinded, to find an effective treatment for early-stage AMD at www.actionagainstamd.org