Eye injuries to children resulting in permanent vision loss have a devastating impact not only on their lives but also the people around them. Recognising the need to reduce children’s eye injuries, Perth philanthropist Joyce Henderson made a bequest to support work into prevention of children’s eye injuries. With funding from the Joyce Henderson trust, the LEI is helping work toward this aim by researching the causes for these injuries and how best to prevent them.
A prospective study is being conducted at Perth Children’s Hospital to determine in more detail the epidemiology of eye injuries in children. Working with health care providers and the community, education campaigns are being developed to help deliver this important message. Each year an ophthalmology fellow is employed to conduct this very important work alongside key researchers at the Lions Eye Institute. For more information and to check your eligibility for applying for the fellowship click here.