Retina specialists diagnose retinal and vitreous diseases through a detailed eye examination using highly technical equipment and testing. They treat conditions ranging from age-related macular degeneration to retinal detachment and cancers of the eye.
OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
Sight For All is currently training retinal specialists and supporting the treatment of patients with retinal conditions through the provision of equipment.
We have trained Retina Fellows in Lao, Cambodia and Myanmar.
CAMBODIA & LAO’S RETINAL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT 2020
There are currently 45million people worldwide with vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (DR), which is expected to increase by the year 2040. The prevalence of DR is higher in Asian populations and many low-middle income countries are ill-equipped to identify and manage DR. Staggeringly, as few as 10% of patients having been diagnosed and treated in low-middle income countries. This is indeed the case in Lao and Cambodia.
Retina specialists diagnose and treat retinal and vitreous diseases including diabetic retinopathy.
With the support of L’Occitane, Sight For All is excited to commence the training of Lao’s second retina expert and first female retina specialist, Dr Tui . Further, thanks to the flexibility of L’Occitane, we have extended the Fellowship to include two ophthalmologists from Cambodia, Dr Channy and Dr Bunthoe.
In July 2020, we commenced the two-year Fellowship at the National Ophthalmology Centre, Lao and Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Cambodia, with the Fellows attending monthly online tutorials, learning from our dedicated Visionaries. Additionally, the Fellows have access to additional lectures, papers and learning material via Sight For All’s new online platform.
Hands-on teaching will be conducted in-country by local retina specialists and visiting Australian Visionaries will deliver face to face training once travel restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. Following the training, the Fellows will manage their own patients and train their own colleagues, allowing vital sustainability. The potential impact of the Fellowship is astounding. Between 2020 – 2025, Drs Tui, Channy and Bunthoen are expected to treat more than 3,900 children and more than 34,000 adults.
LAO’S RETINAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
In 2015, we commenced a retinal fellowship for Dr Khamkhoune and three medical fellows from provincial eye centres in Lao. The project concluded in 2017.
To support of the retinal fellowship a major event was held in Adelaide in 2015 called The Very Slow Long Lunch. This event enabled the purchase of two argon lasers for the regional eye centres in Savannakhet and Champasak in southern Lao.
The availability of these lasers will continue to enable early treatment for the increasing number of diabetic patients appearing in these local communities.
In 2020, with thanks to grant funding from L’Occitane, we have commenced the training of Lao’s first female Retina Fellowship, Dr Tui.
SUSTAINABLE TRAINING IN MYANMAR
Since Sight For All began in 2009, we have been involved with training 10 retinal specialists in Australia. Professor San Myint and Professor San Hlaing Min are two ophthalmologists from the Yangon Eye Hospital, trained in Adelaide.
These two retinal specialists are now training three of their own vitreo-retinal fellows for other regions of Myanmar.
OUR INCREDIBLE VISIONARIES
Our unique, sustainable projects are only possible thanks to our incredible and dedicated Visionaries. This includes Sight For All Visionary A/Prof Henry Newland who is pictured with Prof San Myint at YEH, 2015.