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Resources for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background may be more at risk of developing an eye condition.

The prevalence of vision impairment and blindness among Indigenous Australians is three times that of non-Indigenous Australians.

High rates of smoking and diabetes among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island people means they are more at risk of developing cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. In addition, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people may also be less likely to regularly see or have access to a GP or eye health professional.

The good news is that approximately 90 per cent of vision impairment and blindness among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people is preventable or treatable, if detected early.

It is important that people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent have regular eye tests with an eye health professional. Patients with diabetes should have an eye test once a year or as recommended by your eye health professional.

The Victorian Aboriginal Subsidised Spectacles Scheme (VASSS) is a low cost spectacle scheme available for people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in Victoria through participating optometrists. For more information, visit the website of the Australian College of Optometry.

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For more information

Download the resources below:

Download

Cloudy vision? Cataract (PDF)  

Patchy vision? Diabetes and your eyes (PDF)  

Blurry vision? Refractive error (PDF)  

Smokes and your eyes (PDF)  

$10 glasses for the community (PDF)  

Poster (PDF)  

 

Visit the following websites:

Indigenous Eye Health Unit (Melbourne University)

InfoNet 

Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision Health 

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)