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Ben is 34 and blind. This is his story.

Across Western Australia a crisis is unfolding – diabetes is affecting more people’s sight. In children and teenagers, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are a major cause of severe and irreversible vision loss. Please donate today to ensure children with diabetes can have the best chance to receive interventions, before it’s too late. Your support this festive season can give the gift of sight to people like Ben.

Developing innovative treatments to save the sight of people with inherited retinal diseases

The Lions Eye Institute is working with PYC Therapeutics to develop a treatment to save the sight of people like Matthew who has an inherited retinal disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Inherited retinal diseases are the leading cause of youth blindness, with very few treatments available.

Reconciliation Action Plan launch – highlights reel

Watch this video for a 1 minute overview of our recent Reconciliation Action Plan launch!

For the full video and a link to download our Reconciliation Action Plan, scroll down to the next video.

Reconciliation Action Plan launch – full video

In August 2021 we were very proud to launch our first Reconciliation Action Plan with a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country performed by respected Aboriginal leader Nigel Wilkes, and dancing by the Mungart Yongah Dance Group.

Download our Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023.

New hope to save sight

Channel 7 journalist Anna Hay visited our research lab to find out how we are saving the sight of kids like last year’s Little Telethon Star (and Lions Eye Institute patient) Eamon Doak. Eamon has Usher syndrome, and faces losing his eyesight in his 20s. Now, thanks to ground breaking research at the Lions Eye Institute, and the support of Telethon, we are one step closer to finding a cure.

There are only a few days left to help people like Melissa.

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Melissa was told she was going blind at just 16 years old. Please help us give her hope.

Melissa lives with Stargardt disease, the primary cause of childhood blindness in Australia and around the world. Your donation will help our researchers to make the medical breakthroughs patients like Melissa are waiting for.

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Your urgent gift can help people like Sarah.

This year has shown us just how important medical research is. There is still time for you to support sight-saving research into eye disease, to help prevent conditions like Sarah’s.

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Happy holidays from the Lions Eye Institute.

What’s your holiday wish this festive season?

“My holiday wish is a cure to save my sight” Sarah, a patient of the Lions Eye Institute.
Sarah is an adventurous 35-year-old married mum of two. She has recently been diagnosed with myopic macular degeneration, a complication of severe myopia (short-sightedness). As a result, she could become legally blind within 10 years.

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Living with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
Kate talks about her struggle with (RP) and how the Lions Eye Institute is working towards a better life for people just like her.

Kate’s Story
Kate suffers from a rare genetic eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and it has changed her life. This is her story.

How we work
The Lions Eye Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and this is how we work.

Virtual reality colour-blindness glasses
See what it’s like to be colour blind through our visual reality glasses.

Lions Outback Vision Van
Our amazing Lions Outback Vision Van and team.

Lions Eye Institute Open Day
Take a peek at our Open Day.

Eye dissection at the Lions Eye Institute on Open Day.

Using genetics to understand eye disease
The Genetics and Epidemiology groups at the Lions Eye Institute research and look into genetics to understand eye disease.

Researching eye diseases to create treatments
Researching to lead to treatment is all part of the work in the Physiology and Pharmacology group at the Lions Eye Institute.

Research in inherited retinal disease
Research and treatment of inherited retinal diseases at the Lions Eye Institute.

Researching eye diseases to create treatments
Researching to lead to treatment is all part of the work in the Physiology and Pharmacology group at the Lions Eye Institute.

Research in inherited retinal disease
Research and treatment of inherited retinal diseases at the Lions Eye Institute.

Kate’s journey with eye disease from infancy

Research is vital to treatments
Research aims to create ideal treatment outcomes.

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