The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting research into the causes 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. Since then, ORIA has distributed millions of dollars to advance eye research.
The ORIA has a wide focus on supporting research into all major eye diseases, as opposed to focusing on a single eye disease.
Research grants are made available annually through ORIA’s available funds, which are sourced through bequests and donations from individuals and organisations. A large proportion of these funds have come from people whose sight has been saved as a result of advances in eye care, and who wish to express their appreciation in a tangible way.
Research grants awarded each year have enabled many ophthalmologists and vision scientists working in university departments to improve the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases through clinical research.
The ORIA conforms to the highest corporate governance standards with its fully audited annual financial statements and reports publicly available.
The ORIA is the research arm of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) whilst maintaining its own independent corporate structure.