Fight for Sight has announced funding for a research project to help end eye injections to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol would receive funding to develop medicines for AMD that can be administered as drops rather than an eye injection, a statement said. The three-year project would be led by Professor Alastair Denniston and Dr Lisa Hill in Birmingham and Professor Andrew Dick in Bristol who want to create an eyedrop that will reach the back of the eye to avoid the invasiveness of an injection.

Dr Neil Ebenezer, director of research, policy and innovation at Fight for Sight, said: ‘It’s early days but this work could pave the way for improved treatments that will make it easier for patients to continue with their treatment. We believe that through research we can find the answers to tackle both types of AMD and other eye conditions that have a significant impact on people’s lives. We will continue to invest in pioneering research as well as raising awareness of the need for more funding in this area.’