Support for Vision Research

The Company’s support for research is one example of its continuing commitment to the Company’s original and fundamental purpose – the prevention and treatment of vision impairment. We support better vision for all and aim to inspire future generations committed to visionary eye care.

We support those at the beginning of their journey undertaking clinical research and academic study.

The Spectacle Makers’ Charity offers awards to ophthalmologists in training whose papers and posters have been accepted for presentation or who are offered prestigious overseas internships.

Our Bronze Medals reward prize-winning articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals which extend knowledge across the optical community. The Master’s Medal encourages publication by first-time authors who have not yet been awarded a PhD.

Through our Silver Medals, we acknowledge those who, mid-way through their career, have made significant advances to the cause of preventing and treating vision impairment. We award Gold Medals only rarely, to those whose whole life has been dedicated to improving vision.

WCSM’s medal programme is overseen by its Professorial Committee – a group of eminent scientists and academics drawn from various UK universities and colleges. There are good links with all academic departments and institutions and entry to the medal competitions is open to anyone who fulfils the criteria.