The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting research into the nature and cause of eye disease and the prevention of blindness. The ORIA was founded in 1953 by a group of eye doctors concerned with the need to advance eye research in Australia and since that time has distributed millions of dollars from its own funds for eye research without any government assistance.

The ORIA’s focus is not only funding one type of eye disease but has supported research into all major eye diseases.

Research grants are made available annually through its invested funds which have accumulated by way of bequests and donations as well as from its fundraising arm, the RANZCO Eye Foundation and other vision related organisations such as Glaucoma Australia. A large proportion of these funds have come from people whose sight has been saved as a result of modern eye treatment, and who wish to express their appreciation in a tangible way.

Research grants awarded each year have enabled many ophthalmologists and vision scientists in related fields working within university departments, to enrich Australian medicine and surgery through their contribution to clinical practice, medical education and to medical research and to ultimately benefit all Australians.

The ORIA conforms to the highest corporate governance standards with its fully audited annual financial statements and reports publicly available. You can access a copy of our annual report from the website.

The ORIA is now the research arm of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists whilst maintaining its own independent corporate structure. The RANZCO Eye Foundation was established in 2002 with a mission to raise funds for ORIA research projects and larger programs.