World Glaucoma Day 2024

March is Glaucoma Awareness Month, this week is World Glaucoma Week and today is World Glaucoma Day!

"World Glaucoma Association. The Global Glaucoma Network. World Glaucoma Week March 10 - 16, 2024. Uniting for a Glaucoma-Free World." Green Ribbon logo.

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Welcome Inhae Park, Eye Health Aotearoa Board Trustee

We extend a warm welcome to our new Eye Health Aotearoa board trustee, Inhae Park.

Inhae Park mug shot

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Just Blobs and Shapes

“Currently 180,000 Kiwis are blind, deafblind, or have low vision, and we expect those numbers to increase to 225,000 by 2028.

“We estimate that 75-80% of blindness and low vision is avoidable, and New Zealanders should not be losing their sight as a result of preventable causes.” John Mulka, Eye Health Aotearoa.

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World Sight Day 2023 Celebrations

This year we celebrated World Sight Day in collaboration with Macular Degeneration New Zealand and Blind Low Vision NZ. The event was hosted at Blind Low Vision NZ’s new premises in Parnell, Auckland, on Tuesday 24 October 2023. The theme was ‘Love Your Eyes in the Workplace’ and the objective was to raise awareness of how to take care of eye health at all stages of life, and to specifically highlight Macular Degeneration profile and education.

World Sight Day 2023 logo with Braille

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World Diabetes Day 2023

Tuesday 14 November is World Diabetes Day 2023.

This year we’re asking you to:

"Know your risk, Know your response."


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Six Ways to Reduce Digital Eye Strain at Work

6 Ways to Reduce Digital Eye Strain:

  1. Wear your glasses
  2. Take frequent breaks
  3. Blink often
  4. Adjust your computer screen
  5. Adjust screen displays
  6. Use proper lighting and minimise glare
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World Sight Day 2023

World Sight Day is on Thursday 12 October 2023. This year the focus is on the importance of eye care in the workplace. We are encouraging employers to make eye health initiatives standard practice and promote eye health habits that will benefit the well-being, safety and productivity of their workers. The first step for everyone is to prioritise their own eye health and get regular eye checks.

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Political Party Survey

Eye Health Aotearoa Political Party Survey

Where do our political parties stand on eye health issues?

National, Labour, Green, Act party logos

We asked political parties a set of questions that are of crucial importance to all New Zealanders.

Parties were asked to give yes/no responses and invited to make an additional 150-word statement. We received responses from the Labour, National, Green and ACT Parties. The Green Party followed the format precisely. For the other parties, we have summarised their responses to the questions.

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Petitions Committee Oral Submission

John Mulka presents to Petitions Committee for EHA 1 June 2023 YouTube Screenshot

Watch and listen to Eye Health Aotearoa's John Mulka and Chrissie Cowan make their oral submission to the New Zealand Government Petitions Committee, 1 June 2023, on "Why Aotearoa New Zealand needs a National Eye Health Survey".

Watch the video on YouTube

[Press 'CC' button for auto-captioning by YouTube. Apologies for any errors.]

Listen to the audio on SoundCloud

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Getting Cataract Surgery Depends on Where You Live

Special investigation: Why getting cataract surgery depends on where you live

By Nicholas Jones, Political Reporter, NZ Herald

Closeup of older woman's eyes - Screenshot NZHerald

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Memorandum of Understanding signed with Roche New Zealand

Today is an historical moment for the Eye Health Aotearoa Trust. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Roche New Zealand.


[John Mulka and Alexander Muelhaupt sign the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Eye Health Aotearoa Trust and Roche New Zealand respectively]

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Christmas Greetings from Eye Health Aotearoa

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Kāpo Māori and RANZCO sign agreement to improve Māori eye health

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand have partnered to address the stark inequities Māori face when it comes to eye health.

Read more at Radio New Zealand.

Chrissie Cowan and

Chrissie Cowan of Kapo Maori and Hon Peeni Henare, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health).

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World Sight Day 2022 Report

The World Sight Day 2022 Report has been released.

World Sight Day 2022 Report cover page, bespectacled girl with toothy grin

Aotearoa New Zealand's contribution via peak body Eye Health Aotearoa includes:


Read the World Sight Day 2022 Report here: (see page 6 for a spotlight on Aotearoa New Zealand with photo of Eye Health Aotearoa secretariat Dianne Rogers speaking to MPs in Wellington).

Thursday 13th October 2022 saw us celebrate our biggest World Sight Day ever, with stunts, screenings and social media activity happening from New Zealand to New York, Nepal to Uganda. We saw an incredible amount of support in the media and a huge increase in engagement from the sector and beyond from World Sight Day 2021. 6,813,614 PLEDGES TO LOVE YOUR EYES 362 PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS 11,344 PIECES OF MEDIA OVER 150 MILLION MEDIA IMPRESSIONS OVER 200 MILLION SOCIAL MEDIA IMPRESSIONS 165K WEBSITE VISITS


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Kāpō Māori Aotearoa awarded National Hauora Māori Partners Innovation and Sustainability Fund grant

This month, Kāpō Māori Aotearoa (KMA) was awarded with a National Hauora Māori Partners Innovation and Sustainability Fund grant (2022/2023). Te Aka Whai Ora are proud to be able to mihi the important mahi KMA do to support tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau in the health and disability service provision. 

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