Focus on Lifestyle for Indigenous Peoples’ Eye Health
Indigenous Peoples’ Eye Health is a vital issue for Aboriginal Australians. While winter can be cold, windy, and dusty, it is not the time to neglect eye care. Winter can worsen the effects of ocular allergies, photophobia, and evaporative dry eye. The cold weather can also exacerbate existing eye conditions, such as pterygium and ocular allergies.
In Australia, Indigenous eye care
is often underfunded and poorly understood. This gap in vision health affects nearly half the population. It has profound implications on many aspects of human life, from how we read to the way we drive. Sadly, this gap in eye care can lead to blindness. Fortunately, there are many programs and initiatives to improve Indigenous eye health. These include the establishment of the Australian Indigenous Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and the Fred Hollows Foundation.
In Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College
of Ophthalmologists acknowledge the continuous connection between Indigenous peoples throughout the world. By investing in the vision care of Indigenous people, the College recognizes the value of Indigenous-led solutions. Consequently, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Optometrists worked with Aboriginal leadership teams to formulate a response to COVID-19, a national plan for eye care.
The Australian Trachoma Alliance
and the University of Melbourne is working together to develop a plan to help Indigenous communities improve their eye health. The Commission on Indigenous Eye Health is a joint initiative between the two organizations and is a landmark report in the field of indigenous eye care. The report’s theme is Strengthen and Sustain, and it examines the challenges and opportunities facing Indigenous peoples. While the road ahead is long and difficult, it is the only way to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a better vision in the future.
The RAC acknowledges the continuous connection
between Indigenous peoples around the world and continues to work towards improved eye health outcomes for these peoples. The Commission on Indigenous Eye Health recognizes the benefits of working with indigenous leadership teams and acknowledges the importance of Indigenous-led solutions for eye care. In particular, the Commission on Aboriginal Eye Health guides eye care providers in remote regions of Australia. The RAC is committed to promoting good vision care and preventing blindness.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
is working to improve the quality of eye care for Indigenous peoples. The RAC has been working to improve eye care outcomes for Indigenous peoples for over two decades. Its members have worked with Aboriginal leadership teams to develop the RAC’s plan to close the gap. The RCOC’s report is a landmark report that addresses important issues in the world of Indigenous eye care.