New VIC clinic to fight glaucoma

The Victorian Government will allocate $200,000 in a new clinic providing specialist preventive care for patients at risk of glaucoma.

 

Speaking at the 30th anniversary celebration for the Victorian Eyecare Service today, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced funding for the Australian College of Optometry to establish the new clinic.

 

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable and irreversible blindness worldwide and in Victoria affects more than 200,000 people.

 

The clinic, a partnership between the Australian College of Optometry, and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, will trial an innovative model of care for low risk glaucoma patients.

 

It will provide earlier, preventive treatment for people with suspected glaucoma or low risk glaucoma, before the disease becomes serious.

 

As a result, the clinic is expected to reduce waiting lists at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. The clinic is expected to be established in early 2016.

 

The clinic will see between 80 to 100 people per month, as well as providing shared clinical training for optometrists and orthoptists.

 

The Victorian Eyecare Service was established in 1985, to provide statewide subsidised eye care and visual aids for Victorians who experience barriers to accessing mainstream services such as Aboriginal Victorians, people in supported residential services and public sector residential aged care, people experiencing homelessness, and youth justice and disability clients.

 

17 December 2015.