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The Eye Foundation Launch JulEYE

“Get your eyes tested this July” – that’s the focus of the Eye Foundation’s new “JulEYE” campaign – launched on Tuesday 25 May from Admiralty House, by the Foundation’s Patron, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Australia’s Governor-General.

JulEYE is the annual campaign run by the Eye Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, to raise the profile of eye health in Australia.

Every 65 minutes an Australian loses part or all of their vision and yet 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable. The Eye Foundation works to alleviate many of the major causes of eye disease.

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“I was incredibly lucky I didn’t go blind,” said Kirk Pengilly.

Jacinta Spurrett, Chief Executive Officer of the Eye Foundation, says people of all ages should make an appointment for an eye test, in the way they diarise their other regular medical health checks.

“Vision loss can affect people at any time in their lives and it often happens gradually, so by the time it becomes noticeable, the damage is done. We want all Australians – no matter their age – to get their eyes tested this July,” Ms Spurrett said.

Kirk Pengilly, INXS band member and Eye Foundation ambassador, was in his 20s and touring with INXS when he almost lost his sight to severe glaucoma.

“One morning after a show, I woke up with excruciating pain in my eyes and found that I couldn’t open them. I was fast tracked to a pioneering Australian ophthalmologist who quickly treated my deteriorating sight with laser surgery in both eyes to prevent further damage.

“I was incredibly lucky I didn’t go blind,” said Kirk Pengilly.

The Eye Foundation unveiled it’s advertising campaign which illustrates how 200,000 Australians with degenerative eye conditions see the world. The campaign will air on television, print and outdoor media from mid-June until the end of July.

To find out more about JulEYE go to visit www.eyefoundation.org.au.