The Perth Eye Foundation, an independent, fully self-funded charity dedicated to the promotion of skills and knowledge for the prevention of eye disease, is currently working on a range of projects to ensure a future where no one is suffering from a preventable eye disease.
Among these projects is a partnership with The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) to support Professor Jamie Craig’s team, at the Flinders Health Medical Research Institute, who are investigating the use of retinal optical coherence tomography images as a means of predicting glaucoma progression. This work hopes to help indicate patients who are at greatest risk of progression of glaucoma.
As well as this, with diabetic women at increased risk of preeclampsia and retinopathy during pregnancy, a new three-year study, in partnership with the Women and Infants Research Foundation, is set to help determine which diabetic patients are at most risk and whether Aspirin is beneficial as prophylaxis.
Led by Dr Dorothy Graham at King Edward Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with the ophthalmology department of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the CSIRO e-Health research centre, an artificial intelligence system will be developed to analyse the retinal vasculature of pregnant diabetic women, as recorded in serial photographs.
The Perth Eye Foundation is Australia’s second largest eye charity after the Fred Hollows Foundation. All funding helps to support projects, research and education in the eye health sector.
To find out more and get involved the Perth Eye Foundation visit: pertheyefoundation.org.au.