Indigenous Australians at Higher Risk of Turning Blind

Indigenous Australians at Higher Risk of Turning BlindA report compiled by the combined efforts of various academicians from University of Melbourne and Indigenous Eye Health have highlighted that the Indigenous Australians are at six times greater risk of being affected with blindness as compared to mainstream Australians.

The report has emphasized over the need of bringing change in the eye care of the Indigenous Australians. The co-author of the report, Professor Taylor, said, “We now have the plan and if we have the will and government support we can solve this critical health issue. Unlike many other conditions, we have the solutions for the key eye care conditions and vision loss can effectively be eliminated overnight”.

Professor Taylor said that to curb the flaws in the eye care facility, more resources would be needed. Support of the government has been called for. The first aim should be to raise funds so that surgeries like cataract surgery could be performed.

A person losses its vision because of numerous reasons, the foremost being diabetes. Diabetes is not easily diagnosed and delayed treatment puts the health of the patient at risk. A road map to eradicate the growing cases of blindness has been set but resources are yet to be raised so that Indigenous Australians could be saved from the vision loss.

Professor Taylor said that the road map would improve the eye care facilities provided to Indigenous Australians. It is hoped that the Federal Government would help the experts in their project of providing effective eye care services to the Indigenous Australians.

It is completely unacceptable to allow the Indigenous Australians to face vision problems when adequate facility could be provided to them. It has been found that as the clinics are situated at far places, many Indigenous Australians find it difficult to reach there and seek medical aid.


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