By 2020, over 800,000 people will be affected by blindness or vision loss unless they become proactive about saving their sight.
Eighty per cent of blindness and vision impairment is caused by five common eye conditions (listed alphabetically):
- age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- diabetic retinopathy
- uncorrected or under corrected refractive error.
In Australia 90 per cent of blindness and vision loss is preventable or treatable, however this rises to 94 per cent for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As a health professional, you play a vital role in reminding people about the importance of regular eye tests to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.
We have gathered in this section information on available training modules designed for health professionals as well as a wide range of resources such as information sheets, presentations and links to research and reports.
The Vision Initiative is working with health professionals on a number of awareness and education projects implemented across Victoria. Find out how to you can get involved.
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Download the following information sheets: