Vietnam

In 2014, Sight For All trained a Vietnamese Optometrist, Minh Anh, in the fitting of contact lenses to infants who have had cataracts removed but would remain blind without the specialised attention. To conduct this intensive fellowship, a team of Sight For All optometrists travelled to Hanoi from Australia on a bi-monthly basis over the course of a year.

“I spent a week at the VNIO in Hanoi training a small team to fit specialty contact lenses. There are some conditions in which contact lenses are the best and sometimes the only option, so during the week I was there, I was lucky enough to witness some with reduced sight see clearly again and even lucky enough to see some babies see for the first time. Each experience was touching, however not as much so as knowing that this team of dedicated individuals will continue to provide sight for many more to come. Words can't describe how lucky and proud I feel to have contributed. ”– Ms Jessica Chi, Victoria

Research

Sight For All are currently exploring the mysterious outbreak of endogenous endophthalmitis that is blinding patients at an endemic level in Vietnam.

Education

In-Country Workshops

Sight For All held a phaco-emulsification cataract surgery teaching workshop for a selected group of ophthalmologists at Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital in January 2010. Another workshop was held at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology (VNIO) in Hanoi in October 2011.

A neuro-ophthalmology workshop was held at VNIO in Hanoi in March 2012.

Fellowship Program

Dr Qwan Nguyen completed a 12-month hands-on fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in 2010. He returned to Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital as a leader in his field and to pass his new skills and knowledge to his colleagues in Vietnam.

A team of 14 Sight For All Australian and NZ ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists undertook an in-country fellowship program in paediatric ophthalmology at VNIO in Hanoi throughout 2012. Three Vietnamese ophthalmologists (including one from Central Vietnam) were trained over a 12-month period and will become leaders in the fight aganist childhood blindness in Vietnam. Thank you to Santos for their generous funding of this initiative.

An in-country fellowship program in oculoplastic surgery for three fellows (including one from Central Vietnam) was held throughout 2013 at VNIO. Santos generously supported the training and the equipment needed to enhance the transfer of skills from our team.

Sight For All arranged for paediatric ophthalmologist, Dr Trang, to travel to Hyderabad, India in 2013 for three months of intensive training with Dr Santosh Honavar in the management of retinoblastoma, a rare but potentially deadly childhood eye cancer. Thank you to the Eye Cancer Foundation (USA) who generously funded this initiative.

In-country fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology (2014) and corneal diseases (2015) were undertaken at VNIO - a total of six fellows, including two from Central Vietnam were trained. Thank you again to Santos for their generous funding of these initiatives.

Contact Lens Training

A team of Sight For All optometrists have trained a Vietnamese optometrist, Minh Anh, in the fitting of contact lenses at VNIO throughout 2014. This training allowed contact lenses to be fitted to infants who have had cataracts removed and yet would remain blind without this specialised attention. Thank you to Santos for their generous funding of this initiative.

Infrastructure support

Paediatric Ophthalmology Unit

Sight For All equipped the Paediatric Ophthalmology Unit at VNIO in Hanoi in 2012. The diagnostic equipment and surgical instruments provided enhanced the in-country training of the fellows and is now allowing them to continue treating children who visit VNIO with the best possible ‘tools’ and visual outcomes. Thanks to Santos for their generous funding of this initiative.

Oculoplastics Unit

Sight For All equipped the Oculoplastics Unit at VNIO in 2013. The new surgical instruments is now enhancing the management of patients with diseases of the eyelids, orbit and lacrimal system in Northern Vietnam. Thanks to Santos for their generous funding of this initiative. 

Neuro-ophthalmology Unit

Sight For All equipped the Neuro-ophthalmology Unit at VNIO in 2014. Thanks to Santos for their generous funding of this initiative.

Corneal Unit

Sight For All provided equipment for the Corneal Unit  at VNIO in 2015.