The Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre

The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre (RDCEC) was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2007 following a successful fundraising campaign to raise over £15.5million.

The RDCEC is the world’s largest specialist centre dedicated to the treatment and research of blinding diseases in children. It combines the clinical experience of Moorfields Eye Hospital with the research base of the adjacent UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to promote the rapid translation of research findings to better treatments for patients – a truly ‘bench to bedside’ approach.

The award winning building has been widely commended for its combination of clinical excellence with an holistic, child friendly and welcoming environment. It houses outpatient consulting rooms, a day care ward and a children’s A&E department, alongside research laboratories and overnight accommodation for parents and children.

In 2017 we celebrated 10 years of the Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre.

Professor Sir Peng Khaw said: “It seems like only yesterday we were delivering children’s surgical services from the old Victorian ward. I remember thinking how much more we could do for the many children and their families who came here from all over the world if we had a state of the art children’s centre with accommodation. The decision to try and achieve this dream was made by a small group of supporters who felt they could help us realise our ambitions.

“To see the dream emerge from the rubble of the old nurses’ home, and become the world’s largest clinical and research centre for children’s eye diseases, with the Ronald McDonald House for families at the top, has been transformational and has enabled some of the world’s leading research to benefit children. We performed the world’s first gene therapy and have undertaken research into better surgical and medical treatment for diseases like glaucoma.”

Read all about the centre in our brochure, Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre: Transforming lives for 10 years.

Meet some of the wonderful staff and patients who've been part of our journey so far: