Centre for Eye Health Wins at Regional Business Awards
The Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) has won the ‘Excellence in Social Enterprise’ category at the South Eastern Sydney Regional Business Awards during a ceremony Wednesday night. The Centre now moves on as a state finalist at the 2017 NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards Gala held on Friday 17 November 2017 at the International Convention Centre Sydney.
An initiative of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the University of New South Wales, CFEH provides state-of-the-art eye imaging and visual-system diagnostic services to the general community at no charge to the patient, with the aim of reducing preventable vision loss within the community.
Prof. Michael Kalloniatis, Centre Director, said that winning the award underpinned the very purpose of the Centre: to offer free access to cutting edge technology, optometric and ophthalmological expertise in one clinic.
“It is a great honour to be acknowledged at the Regional Business Awards, Excellence in Social Enterprise as it is our mission to provide the community with better access to advanced diagnostic services in order to reduce the incidence of preventable vision loss,” said Prof. Kalloniatis.
“Over three-quarters of cases of vision loss are preventable or treatable if diagnosed early. Since opening our doors eight years ago we have been able to diagnose thousands of patients with eye disease who otherwise might not have received this service. We have also initiated a glaucoma management clinic, in a collaborative care model with local health district ophthalmologists.”
CFEH opened on the University of New South Wales’ Kensington campus in 2009 after an independent survey of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT clients found many felt that a lack of preventative treatment had led to their vision impairment. The Centre also recently opened a new clinic at the Sutherland Hospital.
Patients can access the Centre’s services, including optometrists, ophthalmologists (from the local health district) and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology via referral by their eye-health practitioner. Over 85% of optometrists and around 30% of ophthalmologists in NSW and ACT have registered to refer patients for services at CFEH.
Prof. Kalloniatis also urged members of the public to get their eyes checked regularly in order to reduce preventable vision loss.
“Don’t wait until you see changes in your vision to get your eyes examined by an optometrist, because it may be too late to reverse any damage. Your optometrist can advise you on how frequently you need to get your eyes checked, and what to do if you need further help,” Prof Kalloniatis said.
Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with vision loss, including nine who become blind.
For more information about the Centre for Eye Health visit www.centreforeyehealth.com.au.