Macular Society announced as Charity of the Year

We're delighted to announce we have been named as the Association of Optometrists' (AOP) Charity of the Year.

The Society was nominated for the award after launching a new five-year strategy last year, committing to becoming the largest funder of eye research in the sight loss sector – funding £6 million of internationally important research per year, by 2023.

The AOP Awards, now in its ninth year, recognises the highest levels of achievement in UK optics. The Charity of the Year accolade, sponsored by Visufarma, recognises charities from all corners of the eye health sector, including those who are dedicated to research, raising awareness of optical issues, or supporting people with vision impairments.

Tessa Barrett, director of services for the Macular Society, said: "We’re delighted to be named as the Association of Optometrists’ Charity of the Year. Macular disease is a devastating condition and has a profound effect on people’s lives. It’s thanks to all of our supporters and donors that we’re able to continue to help those affected by the condition, as well as fund medical research to find a cure. This award recognises their dedication to helping to beat macular disease.”

AOP Chief Executive, Henrietta Alderman added: “The AOP Awards shines a spotlight on the extraordinary individuals and teams who are propelling the profession forward with their knowledge, expertise, dedication and passion. This year is no different – with all the winners, and indeed finalists, giving an impressive account for optometry, I wish them every success in the future.”

The awards were announced at a ceremony at London’s ExCeL during 100% Optical last night. The evening was hosted by broadcaster, campaigner and comedian Dr Phil Hammond. 

A full list of the winners is available here