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New Eye Clinic to Treat for Free

Sydney has a new state-of-the-art eye health centre with all its services free of charge thanks to a joint initiative between the University of NSW (UNSW) and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

Thousands of people at risk of developing eye diseases are expected to attend the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) every year at the Kensington campus of the University which was opened in November last year by the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir. It aims to reduce preventable blindness and vision impairment by early detection of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Guide Dogs plans to spend AUD$40 million over 10 years to provide a comprehensive range of world-class eye imaging and vision diagnosis services at no charge to anyone referred there by a general practitioner, ophthalmologist or optometrist.

“For the first time in Australia, the best diagnostic equipment will be readily available under one roof and at no cost to anyone at risk of developing eye disease,” says CFEH director, Professor Michael Kalloniatis.

The centre will also serve as a teaching facility for UNSW’s School of Optometry and Vision Science and will help support a wide range of vision research and education at the university.