The Lions Outback Vision Van is a mobile eye health clinic that provides outreach ophthalmology care for people living in remote and rural Western Australia.
Through collaboration, innovation, and technology, Lions Outback Vision looks to close the eye health gap that exists in rural and remote communities.
The van consists of three consulting rooms, filled with specialist equipment to address key conditions, such as cataract, trachoma, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
The Vision Van tours Western Australia, and through partnering with community-controlled health providers is aiming to complete over 5,000 consultations in 2020.
In 2019, Specsavers’ contribution supported the workforce requirements of The Lions Outback Vision Van. Outreach clinics can involve up to six staff, including an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, Resident, two Ophthalmology Fellows, the vision van driver and a specialist health service provider such as the DR Screener or Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinator.
Specsavers’ support in 2019 helped the Lions Outback Vision Van to achieve the following:
- 7,844 people screened
- 137 cataract operations
- 825 diabetic retinopathy and other eye health treatments
- 2 ophthalmologist fellows supported
Did you know?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults are three times more likely to go blind than other Australians.
The Fred Hollows Foundation’s vision is to end avoidable blindness and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Australia is the only developed country to have trachoma, a painful and infectious eye disease that affects the world’s poorest populations.