3 million+ received eye care
3 million+ people in need received eye care through CRC initiative
In response to evidence that uncorrected refractive error was the leading cause of avoidable vision impairment worldwide, partners in the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology (CRCERT) established a non-government organisation in 1998 to help deliver eye care to people in need.
Since then, the Brien Holden Vision Institute (previously International Centre for Eyecare Education), in collaboration with CRCERT and Vision CRC, has delivered optometric services and spectacles to over 3 million people in over 50 countries. Importantly, they have also helped train over 130,000 eye care personnel and supported the development of 12 optometry schools as part of its strategy to build sustainable eye care systems.
Find out more about these programs here.
Eye care for Aboriginal Australians and strengthening the eye health workforce
In Australia, over 200 eye care clinics have been established in NSW and the Northern Territory to deliver eye care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Thousands of eye examinations and spectacles have been delivered to Indigenous people during this time.
To ensure eye care services are sustainable the Vision CRC Models of Vision Care program trained over 300 Aboriginal health workers in eye care, developed a range of training materials and conducted extensive research to improve eye care delivery pathways.