Global Policy and Programs Coordinator Courtney Saville blogs about how avoidable and treatable blindness impacts human rights issues facing women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific region.
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Eye Health Hero, Dr Tim Henderson has been delivering eye care services where others dare not tread and is the only ophthalmologist for tens of thousands of people, many of whom live in remote communities across the red centre of Australia.
Eye Health Hero Dr Huynh Tan Phuc always dreamed of becoming a doctor. Huynh’s dream came true. Graduating as a general surgeon in 1988, he went to work at the district hospital in Da Nang city before travelling to Ho Chi Minh City to study for the ophthalmology specialisation.
Eye Health Hero Dr Kathy Davidson never thought she would see stem cell therapy come to fruition in her lifetime. But after spending the last eighteen months working on an intensive research project to discover the cause of age-related macular degeneration, she is hopeful that stem cell technology will soon be delivering astounding results.
Eye Health Hero David Woodbridge loves his job as an Adaptive Technology Consultant at Vision Australia where he helps improve the quality of life or independance of people who are blind or vision impaired through the use of adaptive technology.
Eye Health Hero Dr Nguyen Chi Dzung has worked tirelessly for the past 35 years to save the sight of millions of Vietnamese children, successfully tackling pandemic eye diseases, such as xerophthalmia from vitamin A deficiency, trachoma and vision impairment due to refractive error.
Optometrist Susan Kalff understands the value of sight more than most of us. After a lifetime of looking after people’s eyesight, she knows that it’s something none of us should take for granted. “If people can see, they can still engage with the world, and that’s the difference my work makes,” she says.
Eye Health Hero Samuel Koim went from being among the country’s top performing students studying law at university to living in one of Papua New Guinea’s most notorious slums. Now the 25 year old is using his experience as motivation to help prevent avoidable blindness and improve the lives of those who are vision impaired.
Eye Health Hero Aunty Mary Hooker has been travelling around the country visiting Aboriginal communities to express how important it is to prevent diabetes and blindness.
Eye Health Hero Dr Alex Hewitt is discovering treatments to beat blindness and says it will be game-changing for millions of people around the world.
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