They saw a gap in the provision of eye health services in our neighbouring developing countries. This gap spawned the seed of an idea that the doctors could offer something unique to improve the sight of tens of thousands.
By working with their foreign colleagues, areas of need were identified, and by providing sub-specialty education and equipping eye clinics, a sustainable sight-saving model was born. This model became the basis of Sight For All.
WHAT WE DO
Sight For All raises funds to deliver eye health care projects free of charge to our partner countries and communities. Our projects are underpinned by our 4 pillars of collaborative research, infrastructure support, sustainable education and eye health awareness.
WHY WE DO IT
There are 285 million people in the world who are vision impaired or blind. Yet approximately 90 per cent of blindness or vision impairment is preventable or treatable. This is a health issue that can be resolved with a sustainable and innovative approach.
HOW WE DO IT
We are focused on developing sustainable solutions for refractive error, glaucoma, retinal and corneal conditions, childhood blindness and many other diseases. Our sustainable projects are aimed at ensuring our colleagues will in future carry on providing services without our ongoing support. With a focus on development and not on the provision of welfare or crisis support, our educational projects are designed to increase the capacity of partner institutions to provide specialised ophthalmic support in the community.
Sight For All is supported by a team of over 120 eye care professionals who, on average, donate over 10,000 hours annually. This voluntary team, known as Visionaries, travel to our partner countries to teach, mentor and guide colleagues in their own environment, with the overall aim of eliminating blindness in Australia and partner countries.