Our history

Fighting Blindness is a patient-led charity. Our mission is to cure blindness.

We promote and facilitate the development of treatments and cures for those affected by sight loss caused by retinal degenerative diseases.

Until our mission is accomplished, our counselling and support services continue to be available to people affected directly and indirectly by sight loss. We work in partnership with healthcare, science, industry and government to empower patients to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against blindness.

We are the leading Irish charity funding research into treatments for sight loss. To date, we have invested over €20 million in more than 115 research and clinical projects.

We provide professional counselling and therapeutic services for individuals and families living with vision impairment and blindness. We advocate for equity of access to timely and appropriate diagnosis, healthcare, therapies and support services and, through education and information provision, we work to empower more than 272,000* children and adults in Ireland who are blind or visually impaired.

Over the past 40 years, we have grown from a small support group for families affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to a nationally recognised brand.


Fighting Blindness does not endorse any of the products, medications, treatments or information reported here, or on any of our communication platforms. Articles on Fighting Blindness websites and social media are intended for informational purposes only. We strongly advise that you discuss all medications, treatments, and/or products with your doctor.


*Source: ‘The cost of sight loss: the economic impact of vision impairment and blindness in the Republic of Ireland: summary report‘ by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI)