For over 16 years, Professor Nicky Ragge has been researching the codes buried in our genes that control the development of one of our most extraordinary, complex and important organs: the eye. First as a Consultant eye surgeon, and now as a Consultant clinical geneticist, Nicky has worked with many families who had babies born with missing or very small eyes and developed a national research program. She continues to treat families and patients as part of a national eye genetics service, and to collaborate with scientists around the globe, to develop world-leading research in her lab at Oxford Brookes. Over the next few years, it is likely that the dream of developing treatments that can replace the function of missing or malfunctioning genes will be realised. This may enable therapies to grow the eye or preserve sight - bringing relief to many patients around the world.