World Sight Day: Making Te Taiao More Accessible

Mary Fisher navigates the world differently. She has aniridia, a degenerative genetic condition primarily affecting her sight. With a little help from friends at the Department of Conservation (DOC), she’s been able to experience nature and the environment in a new, more engaging way.

Mary and friend reading braille map of Remutaka Forest Park, near a bridge and a DOC sign, surrounded by trees.  Mary is wearing a black Blind Foundation jacket, both wearing colourful face masks.

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Eye Health Aotearoa Trust is delighted to join the IAPB

The Eye Health Aotearoa Trust (EHA) is adding its voice to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’ (IAPB) call for improved eye health for all. EHA is proud to join IAPB, the overarching alliance for the global eye care sector as they are already supporting EHA’s efforts to improve New Zealanders’ access to quality and equitable eye health services.

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'Love Your Eyes' Glaucoma Public Symposium

60,000 people in NZ are living with glaucoma but don’t know it. This poses a risk to them, and others, as they are more likely to have falls or accidents due to what Ophthalmologists describe as ‘negative sight’.

The aging population, heart disease & diabetes numbers on the rise in NZ makes Glaucoma NZ’s annual symposium extremely timely. It is a unique opportunity to learn from a panel of medical experts on an eye disease impacting more than 115,000 Kiwis, with another 60,000 people unaware they are living with it.

Man and woman smiling. "Love your eyes SYMPOSIUM"

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Finding The Light

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders with diabetes are missing out on free health checks that could save their eyesight, writes Nicholas Jones. Imagine the terror of waking to find yourself completely blind. When it happened to Anne Niulesa, she scrambled to find some light.

Anne Niulesa cuddles her nephew Josiah

[Story by Nicholas Jones. Originally published in the Weekend Herald, 3 April 2021]

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Survey! RANZCO Māori Action Plan

Eye Health Aotearoa needs your help.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Māori and Pasifika Eye Health Committee and Kāpō Māori Aotearoa invite Māori, Pasifika, whānau, friends and allies to complete a short survey.

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World Glaucoma Week 2021

7-13 March 2021 is World Glaucoma Week. This week is a global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) in order to raise awareness of glaucoma. Glaucoma affects 2% of Kiwis over the age of 40, and about 10% of those over 70.

Impression of glaucoma vision: Labrador.

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Pressure Mounts for Eye Health Survey

New Zealand’s eye care organisations’ umbrella group Eye Health Aotearoa* has launched an open letter petition addressed to the health minister Andrew Little, calling on the government to fund New Zealand’s first National Eye Health Survey (NEHS).

[Story originally published at Eye On Optics www.nzoptics.co.nz/articles/archive/pressure-mounts-for-eye-health-survey]

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John Mulka, Eye Health Aotearoa trustee and chief executive of Blind Low Vision NZ.

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White Cane Safety Day Thursday 15 October: Message from the World Blind Union

On Thursday 15 October 2020, the World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day.

White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for persons who are blind and partially sighted.

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Eye check dumbed down, sidelined - eyeonoptics

The government appears to have cut plans for the much-anticipated free eye health exam for seniors, opting instead for a very basic, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) check by GP nurses as part of its broader commitment to a free annual health assessment for SuperGold cardholders. But such a basic eye check for AMD alone could actually be detrimental to older people’s vision, warn industry leaders, disappointed by the development and the government’s complete lack of consultation and understanding about eye health.

[Story by Lesley Springall. Originally published at Eye On Optics www.nzoptics.co.nz/articles/archive/eye-check-dumbed-down-sidelined/]

Eye scan on elderly lady

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World Sight Day Thursday 8 October: Message from the World Blind Union

On Thursday 8 October 2020, the World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is the main advocacy event for raising awareness about blindness and vision impairment - The Right To Sight - and is observed annually on the second Thursday of October.

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