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Giving back to communities – in Australia and beyond

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we work and care for our patients, and their Elders past, present and future.

As one of the country’s largest providers of ophthalmic services, Vision Eye Institute is honoured to deliver world-class eye care to metropolitan and regional communities. At the same time, we are committed to delivering healthcare on a broader scale. Many of our doctors and staff generously contribute their time to charity and volunteer work, while our OneVision ESG Program encompasses the various social, research and environmental initiatives listed below.

Not-for-profit research foundation

FutureVision Foundation A OveVision Initiative logoIn 2021, Vision Eye Institute launched the Future Vision Foundation to mark our 20-year anniversary.

Our organisation has a deep heritage in ophthalmic research to acquire new knowledge and improve patient care. The not-for-profit Future Vision Foundation extends this commitment further by encouraging and supporting the research efforts of staff and associated clinicians.

The Foundation’s support complements the external research funding many of our doctors receive. This includes funding as well as clinical resources to assist with conducting the study, collecting samples and analysing data. In particular, the Future Vision Foundation seeks to encourage staff who have a demonstrated interest in ophthalmic research but may lack formal experience.

All research proposals will be assessed by an expert advisory committee to ensure they address a significant eye health issue, represent scientific excellence and are backed by appropriate study design, feasibility, and analysis and presentation strategy.

‘The Foundation has been a dream since Vision Eye Institute first began – born from a shared desire by many of us to improve diagnosis, to improve treatments and to improve healthcare experiences for patients with eye conditions. We are now thrilled to see it come to life.’

– A/Prof Tim Roberts
Chairman, Future Vision Foundation
National Medical Director, Vision Eye Institute

Learn more about the Future Vision Foundation

Our doctors' research

Vision Eye Institute proudly supports our doctors’ research endeavours, as they strive for clinical and scientific excellence and the best possible outcomes for patients.

We are privileged to be able to meaningfully contribute to Australian and international ophthalmic research. Due to the size of our organisation, we have a dedicated research unit to help collate and analyse internal data sets and support our doctors in conducting research.

Given our strong presence within the scientific community, Vision Eye Institute ophthalmologists are often approached to conduct clinical trials on behalf of companies, helping us to remain at the forefront of ophthalmic care.

In turn, our patients have access to the latest technology – sometimes before it’s available anywhere else in Australia.

Our doctors are equally proactive in running their own clinical studies, as our wealth of internal data provides a significant platform for individual and collaborative research projects.

In the past 5 years, Vision Eye Institute doctors have published more than 150 articles in local and international peer-reviewed journals. They are frequently invited to share their results and experiences at major scientific conferences – a testament to the quality of their research and patient care.

Through their university affiliations and peer-reviewed publications, Vision Eye Institute doctors also contribute directly to government funding.

For more information about our research program:

Guide dog sponsorship

Photo of Guide Dog puppy Sundae sitting down against a white background

Meet Sundae – Guide Dog-in-training and all-around Good Girl!

Guide Dogs begin their training as puppies until they reach graduation day, which can take up to two years. Once fully qualified, they can help a vision-impaired person navigate the world around them safely and confidently. Although the independence they provide is priceless, each Guide Dog costs more than $50,000 in breeding, raising and training expenses.

Our Vision Eye Institute team is proud to sponsor Sundae and looks forward to watching her transition to a life-changing service dog.

Stay tuned for more ‘pupdates’!

‘Sundae loves life and always makes me smile – her enthusiasm is contagious. She loves to show off her manners and always aims to please me. Things that make Sundae happy are splashing in the sea, getting cuddles and belly rubs, meeting new people and playing with her toys.’

– Kerry, Sundae’s trainer


Glasses donation program

We are proud to partner with Lions Recycle for Sight Australia to save unwanted glasses from landfill for refurbishment and reuse overseas in underprivileged communities.

All Vision Eye Institute clinics have collection boxes, which have been put to good use by our patients (particularly those who have had laser eye surgery!). Our collections are part of the hundreds of thousands of used glasses and sunglasses donated each year across the country. They are then cleaned, graded and labelled at three recycling centres in Queensland under strict quality control rules.

Design concept images of box to collect unwanted glasses

‘Over the 26 years that the Australian program has operated, [it] has delivered over 7 million pairs of refurbished quality spectacles to men, women and children in need and without the financial capacity to purchase even the cheapest pair – to many countries in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, East Asia, and the Far East, China, the countries of the Pacific Rim and Southern Asia and Oceania.’

– Ken Leonard OAM JP(Q)
Chairman, Lions Recycle for Sight Australia

Other environmental initiatives

In addition to recycling unwanted glasses, Vision Eye Institute has several sustainability projects underway.

These include:

  • Removing all single-use plastics from our clinics and day surgeries
  • Significantly reducing paper usage (and only using recycled paper) across all clinics and day surgeries
  • Switching all clinics and day surgeries to GreenPower (renewable electricity).

Stance against modern slavery

We welcome the introduction of the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), which commenced on 1 January 2019.

Vision Eye Institute is committed to conducting business responsibly and ethically and to ensuring all aspects of our business practices, including our supply chains, are free from any form of slavery. We reject all forms of modern slavery which can take the form of unpaid or underpaid servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. We are committed to implementing effective systems and controls to ensure that it does not take place within our own business or through any of our supply chains.

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Additional staff community and charity work

Alina Vision

Amanda Cranage (General Manager – Victorian Operations and National Projects) has joined the board of Alina Vision.

Co-founded by The Fred Hollows Foundation, Alina Vision’s aim is to bring world-class eye care to the world’s most underserved communities. Starting in Vietnam, the organisation plans to build a network of affordable and sustainable eye surgery centres, thus meeting the rising demand for accessible eye health services.

Ms Cranage is thrilled to join the Board of Alina Vision as a Fred Hollows Foundation-nominated Director. ‘Alina Vision brings together excellence in eye care along with affordability and sustainability. This is a great opportunity to share my skills and experience to reach those who are often excluded from mainstream healthcare systems.’

Alina Vision’s work is made possible through the support of The Fred Hollows Foundation, as well as Japanese pharmaceutical company Rohto.

Myanmar Corneal Eye Bank and Transplant Program

In 2012, Prof Gerard Sutton established the Corneal Eye Bank and Transplant Program in Myanmar. He is proud of the program’s success, citing a 400% increase in corneal transplants and eight fully trained corneal transplant surgeons in the country.

‘Unfortunately, the recent military takeover has stopped all surgery,’ says Prof Sutton. ‘It is a tragedy and injustice that innocent people are being killed. In Australia, we are fortunate to be well served by our health system, whether public or private. Sometimes, it is worth taking a minute to count our blessings and perhaps consider how we might help those less fortunate than ourselves.’

Prof Sutton discusses setting up the Myanmar Corneal Eye Bank and Transplant Program as part of his presentation below, ‘The key to capacity building in eye bank programs in developing nations.’ He also describes the current attempts to establish a similar Eye Bank and Transplant Program in Cambodia.

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