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New research suggests regular eye checks vital in your 20s

A new research article published last week in JAMA Ophthalmology, “Incidence and progression of myopia during early adulthood”, suggests regular eye checks are essential in young adulthood – in your 20s – to detect the onset and progression of shortsightedness, known as myopia, which could increase a person’s risk of vision-related complications later in life…. Read more

Australia’s first Aboriginal ophthalmologist delivers 2021 Barry Jones Vision Oration

Congratulations to Associate Professor Kris Rallah-Baker for being selected to deliver the second annual Barry Jones Vision Oration. The oration was released on 8 December on the Vision 2020 Australia website. A proud Yuggera and Biri-Gubba man, A/Prof Rallah-Baker is a highly respected ophthalmologist and is one of the founding members of the Australian Indigenous… Read more

New study – Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

Families living with genetic mutations that cause a rare genetic eye disease, Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), will benefit from new research published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The research was led by Professor David Mackey AO (pictured right) from the Lions Eye Institute, and Dr Isabel Lopez-Sanchez from the Centre for Eye… Read more

Congratulations to Dr Fred Chen and Vision Pharma

We are delighted to share the fantastic news that Vision Pharma (a joint venture between the Lions Eye Institute and PYC Therapeutics) is the overall winner of the 2021 Western Australia Innovator of the Year Awards for its innovation ‘VP-001 to treat retinitis pigmentosa 11’. Our very own Dr Fred Chen (pictured far right) has… Read more

Answering questions about eye colour

Have you ever wondered how your eye colour is determined? It’s not as straightforward as you think! Professor David Mackey is a genetics expert and researcher at the Lions Eye Institute, and he recently answered this question on The Naked Scientists – a science podcast and radio show. The answer is fascinating and more complex… Read more

Our race to cure childhood blindness – thanks to Telethon

The Lions Eye Institute’s race to cure inherited retinal diseases, the leading cause of childhood blindness in Australia, is being supported by the incredible work of Telethon. Finding new treatments for Usher syndrome in a world first Dr Livia Carvalho has made it her life’s mission to discover treatments that will help the many children… Read more

Give the gift of sight

Bill remembers feeling fear. Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019 for his service to wildlife conservation, he was losing his sight due to a condition that caused corneal swelling, and everything he lived for was slipping away. He struggled giving talks in schools as the Western Australian coordinator of the famous… Read more

DonateLife Week

This week is the 10th annual DonateLife Week. Australia leads the world for successful organ and tissue transplants and this DonateLife Week, you can give the gift of sight by signing up to become an organ and tissue donor. Why become an eye donor? Eye tissue transplants, specifically corneal and scleral tissue, save the sight… Read more

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