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National Eye Health Survey Concludes

A year-long pioneering National Eye Health Survey, conducted by Vison 2020 Australia and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), has drawn to an end. The study is the first of its kind to map the prevalence of vision impairment and blindness in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The survey began rolling out across the country in March 2015, concluding in April in Kalamunda, Western Australia. The Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care and Member for Hasluck, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM met with eye health professionals and researchers to mark the survey’s conclusion.

Vision 2020 Australia CEO, Jennifer Gersbeck, said the results from the testing in Western Australia would form an important part of the research and help to deliver a clearer picture of the state of Australian eye health.

“The survey will give us strong evidence of what the eye health issues are and importantly where we most need to direct frontline eye health services,” Ms. Gersbeck said.

“As Australia’s population ages, we expect to see an increase in the number of people with conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and refractive error. Being armed with accurate data will help us to manage these conditions efficiently and effectively,” she said.

Principal Investigator, Dr. Mohamed Dirani said, “At present, interventions and future programs are being planned and implemented based on 20 year old data. The National Eye Health Survey will give us an up-to-date, evidenced-based picture of the prevalence and causes of vision impairment in Australia.

“The results of the research will also provide invaluable follow up data for the National Indigenous Eye Health Survey conducted in 2008, where the effects of interventions since then can be assessed and specific eye health strategies for the Indigenous community can be better guided.”

The National Eye Health Survey is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund, with other contributions coming from CERA, OPSM, Novartis, Zeiss, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Australia, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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