Lions ophthalmology service at Midland hospital a real eye-opener

Hessom Razavi and Loretta Collard.
Hessom Razavi and Loretta Collard.

THE Lions Eye Institute Midland Eye Service has been set up at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital to help local Aboriginal people with eye care issues.

Ophthalmologist Hessom Razavi said the service provided medical treatment and surgery at no cost to patients with a range of eye disorders and diseases.

“Impaired vision caused by conditions such as diabetic eye disease and cataract is a common problem among people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds,” Dr Razavi said.

“We are collaborating with other service organisations in the area to ensure the local community has access to the best eye care services available.”

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St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals chief executive Glen Power said eye conditions could be life limiting.

“It is great that we are able to provide this service close to home for people living in the east metropolitan region and Wheatbelt areas,” he said.

“The partnership with the Lions Eye Institute with its focus on Aboriginal eye health and surgery underscores our commitment to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people.”

Funding from St John of God Social Outreach has provided the service with a specialised Optical Coherence Tomography unit.

Call Outpatient Services on 9462 4293 for enquiries.

For more, visit midlandhospitals.org.au.