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Many Australians are at risk of developing eye disease. Without early detection, and appropriate management and treatment, irreversible vision loss may occur for a large portion of our community.
This is a significant public health challenge requiring collaborative action by all service providers in the eye health arena, and one that can now be addressed with recent advances in technology and our understanding of eye disease.
Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) aims to complement established eye health referral pathways and add resource capacity at a time when demand for eye health services is mounting.
Providing advanced testing at no charge to patients, CFEH also adds value to existing eye health services in NSW and the ACT by ensuring that greater numbers of people can access advanced eye imaging and visual assessment services.
The Centre is keen to work in partnership with people and organisations with a stake in improving eye health in Australia.
"CFEH is a new approach to reducing preventable vision loss from eye disease in Australia and the world. While our model is similar in some ways to say the Moran Eye Centre in the United States, this is the first time such an extensive range of state-of-the-art eye imaging instruments is available in one location to all eye-care practitioners to refer their patients at no charge to them or the patient," says Centre Director Professor Kalloniatis.
"In addition, we have a team of specially trained staff, a funding commitment from Guide Dogs NSW/ ACT for 10 years and a partnership with a major Australian university, the University of New South Wales.
"When you combine this all together with our emphasis on continuous improvement and our openness to engage with interested parties, we should be able to make a significant impact in improving eye health in NSW/ACT," Prof. Kalloniatis notes.