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 good news is that in most cases, vision loss is preventable or treatable if eye conditions are detected early.

If you are of Aboriginal and/ Torres Strait Islander descent, it is important that you have regular eye tests with an eye health professional. If you have diabetes, make sure to have an eye test once a year or as recommended by your eye health professional.

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

To find out more about eye health and vision care, talk to your local Aboriginal Health WorkerGPoptometrist or your ophthalmologist.

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For more information

Download the resources below:

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 website:

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)