Launching a new neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship in Mongolia

Neuro-ophthalmology is the sub-specialty of ophthalmology and neurology that studies disturbances of vision and eye movements that have a neurological basis. Road trauma from motorbikes is the most common cause of optic neuropathy issues, particularly in countries where wearing of helmets is not enforced.

The objective of Sight For All’s neuro-ophthalmology initiative is to train and build neuro-ophthalmology skills into general ophthalmologists to assess and appropriately treat patients with neuro-ophthalmic conditions. To date, Sight For All has trained six neuro-ophthalmologists from Myanmar and Vietnam, with the first neuro-ophthalmology in-country Fellowship being conducted in 2014.

March 2023 will mark the launch of the Mongolia In-Country Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship. The two-year project represents the largest cohort of Fellows to date, with a class of seven ophthalmologists (four female and three male) representing five hospitals across the country.

Overseen by Neuro-Ophthalmology Lead Visionary Prof John Crompton (pictured), team of Visionaries represent specialists from across Australia and abroad, many of whom have been involved with Sight For All since the training first commenced in 2014.

Over the next 18-months, Sight For All is undertaking two Neuro-ophthalmology In-country Fellowships across Cambodia and Mongolia. Both projects were delayed as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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