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Emerging Leaders in Cambodian Eye Care

Sight For All plays host to fourteen emerging medical eye health leaders from Cambodia, in a ground-breaking step for sustainable eye healthcare Sight For All has been awarded with a prestigious Australian Awards Fellowship, funded by the Australian Government.  The program included a 4-week Enhanced Observership opportunity in Australia for fourteen selected Ophthalmologists from Cambodia….

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World Sight Day 2023

Providing sustainable eye health care to low-middle income nations is critical in supporting their economy. This World Sight Day’s theme is Love Your Eyes at Work and Sight For All is encouraging everyone to take care of their eyes at work, while raising money to continue their work fighting the inequity of avoidable vision impairment…

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Itay Sin’s Fight For Sight

Endogenous endophthalmitis is an infection of the eye, caused by a bacteria or fungus. In many instances, by the time it is diagnosed and treated the condition has escalated to emergency status with severe sight-threatening complications. Endogenous endophthalmitis can affect people of all ages and is associated with a number of underlying factors. The infection…

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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…

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Free eye care for people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide

Free eye health care is now more accessible for people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide, thanks to a new clinic that has been established at the WestCare Centre. The WestCare Centre is one of Baptist Care SA’s Homelessness Services which provides meals, beds, and support services to provide access to the basic needs for at-risk and…

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Recognising Sight For All’s Impact In Cambodia

In September, Sight For All Patron, Dr James Muecke and Executive Officer, Judy Hatswell were awarded a Royal Order of Monisaraphon from the Royal Government of Cambodia. Dr Muecke was awarded a Knight Commander medal, while Judy a Knight Officer. The medals were presented in recognition of the excellent contribution that Sight For All has…

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Furthering education of our Cambodian Colleagues

Sight For All’s In-Country Ophthalmology Fellowship Projects incorporate an opportunity to undertake an observership in Australia. Observerships provide an opportunity for Fellows to experience working in Australian ophthalmic clinics and operating theatres, spending time with Visionaries who have mentored them throughout the Fellowship. In November 2022, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr Soleaphy had this opportunity, undertaking a…

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A trip to remember for Dr. Baysa

Sight For All recently hosted our Mongolian Ophthalmic Country Officer, Dr Baysa Purevdorj in Australia. Dr Baysa, whose role with Sight For All is voluntary, attended the RANZCO Congress in Brisbane and spent valuable time with our Visionaries in both Brisbane and Adelaide. Dr Baysa had this to say about his time in Australia: It…

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Q&A with Chair Prof. Casson

In November 2022, Prof Casson (Bob) was appointed Chair of Sight For All. He has been involved with Sight For All from the beginning, founding the organisation alongside Dr Muecke and A/Prof Henry Newland in 2009. Over the years, Prof Casson has held a number of roles with Sight For All including Chief Scientific Officer,…

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Impact Story: CHILDHOOD BLINDNESS INITIATIVE

On Wednesday 25th May 2022, Ms Nop Socheata took her twins to Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KFSH), Phnom Penh. Ms Socheata’s daughter, Phy Sovansreypich, and son, Phy Sovanratanak were born at 32 weeks and weighed 1.7kg and 1.6kg respectively at their time of birth. the support she received is the culmination of 15 years of…

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Dr Dalin’s continued growth

In 2019, Dr Dalin completed her Corneal Fellowship with Sight For All. This gifted powerhouse has been furthering her experience by undertaking a Cornea-External Disease and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at The Stein Eye Institute, UCLA. Over the past few months she has been evaluating and managing patients with the attending physicians, fellows, and residents, observing…

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Collaborative eye health awareness in South Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia have collaborated with Sight For All to develop a new education program, raising awareness to diabetic eye disease. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of avoidable vision loss and blindness in working age Australians. It is estimated that up to 1 in 3 Australians with diabetes have some stage of…

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A gift 12 years in the making

In 2021, Research Officer Dr Thomas Rogerson led a follow up survey into the prevalence of different causes of blindness and severe visual impairment in Cambodian children. This survey was supervised by Sight For All’s Co-Founder, Vice-Chair and Research Committee Chair Dr Robert Casson and supported by Sight For All’s Cambodian Country Officer, Mr Sith…

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Regional eye health care in Sri Lanka

Sight For All is excited to commence a new project, entitled ‘Improving Eye Health in Sri Lanka’. This project is supported by the Australian High Commission to Sri Lanka and Maldives through a Knowledge and Linkages for an Inclusive Economy Grant. Eye health has been a focus area in Sri Lanka’s health care system for…

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A sustainable solution to eliminate avoidable childhood blindness in Cambodia

Worldwide, 1.4million children are blind with Asia home to two thirds of these children. UNICEF estimates there are 5.9million children in Cambodia, requiring access to quality eye health care. Staggeringly, a Childhood Blindness Study identified that half of all childhood blindness in Cambodia is avoidable through early intervention and access to eye health care. To…

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The UN Resolution on Vision

The Member States of the United Nations came together to agree the first General Assembly resolution on vision. This is a milestone resolution that commits the UN to reach the 1.1 billion people who have a vision impairment and currently do not have access to eye care services. The UN has committed to resolve this…

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Adelaide’s Poem

When Adelaide was only two years of age, her mum noticed that her pupil was complete transparent. It was Christmas eve, and the little girl from South Australia was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma. This rare form of eye cancer, affects children and in countries like Australia, the…

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Vinuth’s Story

When Vinuth was 1 month old he was diagnosed with a white ‘reflex’ in his left eye. His condition remained monitored by local health care providers. At almost 2 years old, he was examined by Dr Lom Orng at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dr Lom Orng was trained as the…

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Mongolia Glaucoma Fellowship

The Mongolian National University of Health Sciences (MNUHS) in Ulaanbaatar is one of Mongolia’s premier training institutions for doctors. There are currently no trained glaucoma specialists in the country and so MNUHS has made a request to Sight For All for an In-Country Fellowship in glaucoma at MNUHS. The ‘in country’ training means that the…

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Glaucoma Online Ophthalmology Congress

Sight For All held our second Online Ophthalmology Congress in early February, with a focus on Glaucoma. More than 50 participants attended each of the two days, which involved nine presentations and keynotes from Sight For All Vice Chair Prof Bob Casson and Dr Tharath Ny, Glaucoma specialist at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom…

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Eye Health Educator

The Sight For All Eye Health Educator, Jo Croft, has been busy visiting various community groups throughout Adelaide over the past few months.Thankfully, with the majority of COVID-19 restrictions now behind us, Jo has been able to meet in person with these groups and deliver interactive presentations that cover information on conditions that effect our…

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Myanmar Statement

From Executive Officer, Judy Hatswell Sight For All has had a long association with Myanmar, with our founding members providing eye care support well before our establishment in 2009. Sight For All’s Board, staff team and Visionaries are horrified and deeply saddened by the events in Myanmar over the past month. Myanmar has fought for…

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Truly inspiring

A Visit to Vietnam to see the on-the-ground work of Sight For All left a lasting impression on optometrist Matt Bennett Optometrist Matthew Bennett with Dr James Muecke “As a practicing optometrist and business owner I was enthralled by the timely opportunity to witness first-hand the incredible work being done on the ground by Sight…

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Nar Daw’s new horizons

Nar Daw enjoys her new glasses at the Khan Wai Chan Blind School, Yangon, Myanmar One of eight children from a large family in Shan Province, many hour’s drive from the Myanmar capital of Yangon, Nar Daw was sent to Khan Wai Chan Blind School when she was a small child because her parents could…

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Baby Chi’s Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=RH5PM8bSNs8&feature=emb_logo Baby Chi Donate today to help more children like Chi Chi is a survivor – winning the battle against cancer, after a life-threatening Retinoblastoma tumour formed in her eye.  Retinoblastoma occurs when abnormal cells in the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye grow in an uncontrolled way. It usually occurs in young…

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Coffee with Lara Damiani

We sat down with Lara Damiani, the filmmaker who captured the story of Little Bang and her family in Vietnam to hear about her experiences while in filming. You can watch Lara’s incredible film Little Bang’s New Eye here. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a documentary filmmaker driven by the desire for social…

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Fighting glaucoma in Myanmar

Visionaries Hana Melligi and Gavin O’Callaghan led another productive, week-long Refractionist Training Program at Yangon Eye Hospital, Myanmar, in late April, 2018. Fighting glaucoma in Mayanmar “We had a great morning of learning about family history and risk as many glaucoma patients were bought to the hospital by their adult children. We had three cases…

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Trek For Sight 2018

A number of Vision 1000 Members were part of the Trek For Sight team that trekked in Bhutan in April this year and raised close to $60,000. Vision 1000 Member, Mountaineer and adventurer Katie Sarah led the trek Facts: The funding raised purchased a Fundus Fluroescein Angiography Camera donated to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National…

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A mother’s dedication

Sight For All Visionary Heather Connor and her nine-member training team dealt with a wide range of patient problems at Myanmar’s Yangon Eye Hospital including cataracts, retinal detachment, trauma, infections, nystagmus, strabismus and inflammation during a recent refractionists up-skilling training program. “The biggest strength of the program is the enthusiasm and dedication of the students….

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Sculpture For Sight E-Catalogue

WE ARE READY! Sculpture For Sight is on this Saturday night! Please download your e-catalogue for an exclusive first look at the sculptures that will be available for sale this weekend.   Save the e-catalogue to your smartphone for easy viewing over the weekend. Sight For All E-Catalogue Sculpture For Sight 2018 E CatalogueFilesize: 3.73 MBFiletype: PDF

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Hope in sight

Cambodian orphan Hou Ly Vathana has never seen his parents, but Sight For All has given him the opportunity to see new horizons. Growing up an orphan in Cambodia’s Kandal Province, Hou Ly Vathana, 13, has never seen his parents. As a newborn, Vathana was left at an orphanage and cataracts in both eyes severely…

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Confidence in surgeons

An energetic two-year-old boy from far-flung Pursat Province in Cambodia was in danger of losing sight in one eye following an accident but thanks to Sight For All-trained surgeons at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital Paediatric Clinic in Phnom Penh, little Ra Pagna has made a full recovery Pediatric opthalmologist Dr Ouk Solephy makes a follow-up…

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A doctor’s vision

At the age of 68, Yean Sen from Kampong Thom Province has been given a new view on life following sight-saving surgery to relieve her glaucoma and remove a cataract by Sight For All-trained glaucoma specialist Dr Ny Tharath, performed at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital Eye Clinic in Phnom Penh “I am very proud to…

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New insight for Fellows

Visiting Sight For All Visionaries have had a profound impact on upgrading the skills of Cambodian eye specialists, according to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH) Oculoplastics Fellow, Dr To Vichhay “Without Sight For All and its Visionaries, we could not have done it. We had to refer these patients to medical services in other countries, but…

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Surgical first a gift of life

In a surgical first for Cambodia, Sight For All-trained ophthalmologists have restored the sight of an elderly rural man who had been blind for four years, with the ongoing condition pushing him to contemplate suicide In a surgical first for Cambodia, Sight For All-trained ophthalmologists have restored the sight of an elderly rural man who…

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Retinopathy roll-out

Myeik Hospital in Myanmar has taken delivery of a new laser machine, provided by Sight For All with support from the Australian Government’s Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). “Sight For All and Myeik Hospital will train local ophthalmologists in Myanmar to enable them to better diagnose and treat diabetic retinopathy patients in their own regions.”…

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