Our Vision Is

A future where no one is suffering from a preventable eye disease

Eye surgery from a patient perspective
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Our Focus Is

The promotion of skills and knowledge for the prevention of eye disease, both locally and internationally

Our Strategic Approach Is

Working collaboratively to support research and provide training opportunities for the  eye health professionals of the future

We Support

Ophthalmic research, education and training, and developing capacity in areas of unmet need

Current projects

Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)

We are partnering with ORIA to support Professor Jamie Craig’s team at the Flinders Health Medical Research Institute who are  investigating the use of retinal OCT images as a means of predicting glaucoma progression. This work may help to indicate which patients are at the most risk of progression of glaucoma.

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Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Western Australian Branch

We are providing educational resources for visiting lecturers, teaching materials and lecture opportunities for trainees 


Lions Outback Vision Van

The Lions Outback Vision Aboriginal Eye Health Program assists aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to access ophthalmic care in a culturally secure environment. This has been shown to improve treatment rates for visually threatening conditions. Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinators ensure that aboriginal patients are not alienated from necessary care through unfamiliarity with the physical, social, and cultural demands of attending regional or metropolitan clinics and hospitals. They liaise with local communities when the van is in their area, and provide health care information, emphasising the importance of eye care in diabetes, cataract,  and corneal injury. 

East Timor Eye Program

Since 2008 members of our board have visited Timor Leste annually as part of a volunteer team providing training and mentoring to East Timorese doctors selected for ophthalmic training. The Perth Eye Foundation has  sponsored the salary of Dr Manoj Sharma, a Nepalese trained ophthalmologist, who has provided the only full time specialist eye service in the country for the last 6 years. At the same time he has provided essential  surgical skills training. The progress made by the 9 Timorese ophthalmic trainees towards an internationally recognised degree has ensured that Timor Leste will soon have an independent cohort of local professionals, able to service the future ophthalmic needs of their community.


Women and Infants Research Foundation, King Edward Memorial Hospital

Diabetic women are at increased risk of pre-eclampsia and retinopathy during pregnancy. This study will help to determine which diabetic patients are at most risk and whether Aspirin is beneficial as prophylaxis.  It will be led by Dr. Dorothy Graham at King Edward Memorial Hospital in collaboration with  the ophthalmology department of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the CSIRO e-Health research centre. An artificial intelligence system will be developed to analyse the retinal vasculature of pregnant diabetic women as recorded in serial photographs. A battery of 9 biochemical markers will be analysed from blood samples of diabetic women to determine which serological changes are involved. The project should be completed in 3 years.

St. Johns Eye Hospital Group

The Perth Eye Foundation are collaborating with St Johns Ambulance W.A. to provide three trained ophthalmic nurses to work in the outreach program of the St Johns Eye Hospital, Jerusalem. This program will run till July 2021.

fostering knowledge giving sight

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