In 1963, Dr Frank Halliday commenced ophthalmic research as part of his routine ophthalmic practice and became increasingly interested in the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa and other genetic eye conditions.
By 1975, Dr Halliday's research and practice had grown and he began patient care and research as part of the Royal North Shore Hospital's Out Patient department. It was at this time that Dr Halliday recognised a need for a national organisation to promote awareness, improve diagnosis and provide support for people suffering from genetic eye conditions.
In 1979, the Retinal Dystrophy Service was founded as Dr Halliday's was moved to the Sydney Eye Hospital and later to it's current home at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.
Through voluntary donations and generous support of patients and eye specialists the service was kept afloat until 1989, when the service was officially incorporated as the Genetic Eye Foundation.
In 2016, the foundation was renamed The Look For Life Foundation in an effort to update and revitalise the foundation and encourage greater engagement from younger members.
Current Chairman, Professor Minas Coroneo AO commenced work with the foundation in 1989 and is continuing this important work in eye health.