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CFEH celebrates 20,000 referrals

Oct 27, 2013

Centre Director Professor Michael Kalloniatis with top referring optometrists.

On Sunday 27th October Centre for Eye Health celebrated reaching 20,000 referrals with over 80 optometrists from NSW/ACT.

“We celebrate to acknowledge that 20,000 at-risk people from NSW and the ACT have been given the chance of a better future. This has been made possible by the incredible uptake of the Centre and our services by our valued referrers” says centre director Professor Michael Kalloniatis. “Every referral we receive is important; it’s a step towards reducing the incidence of preventable vision loss for our community and gives another patient a better opportunity to maintain good vision”

The celebration took place during the lunch break of the Centre’s annual full-day SCOPE (Series of Continuing Ophthalmic Professional Education) session; a service that supports optometrists to develop their knowledge in advanced imaging interpretation and earn mandatory CPD points.

Seven optometrists who attended the celebration were presented with awards for their outstanding support of the Centre and its services over the past few years.

“I would like to thank all of the 1000+ optometrists in NSW/ACT who refer their patients to the Centre for advanced imaging assessment; not only are you supporting the Centre and our services, but also taking action to avoid unnecessary vision loss. I would also like to encourage all NSW/ACT ophthalmic professionals to register and refer appropriate patients for advanced imaging and assessment – early detection saves sight”.

The Centre specialises in the early detection of eye disease through advanced imaging and is an innovative solution to assist the public in accessing critical eye tests. The Centre is free of charge to all patients.  Patient referral is required for an assessment at the Centre from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Since opening in 2009 the Centre has seen over 17,000 patients at-risk of losing vision and conducted over 30,000 advanced imaging eye tests.