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Abstract: Since joining the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE ) NSW Aboriginal Eyecare Programme in July 2008, I have travelled to several rural and remote Aboriginal communities in NSW and have seen many patients requiring spectacles. In the Australian Aboriginal population the main causes of vision impairment are uncorrected and under-corrected refractive error, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and trauma. In fact, uncorrected and under-corrected refractive error has been stated as the leading cause of blindness and impaired vision among Aboriginal communities. Many of the patients I have seen while travelling through NSW are unable to afford a pair of glasses or cataract surgery. It was reported in a Review of Indigenous Eye Health in 1997 that blindness and impaired vision, due to preventable or treatable conditions such as uncorrected refractive error or cataract, occurred up to 10 times more frequently in the Aboriginal population than in the non-Aboriginal population.

To cite this article: Ismail, Salma. Six Months with ICEE NSW Aboriginal Eye Care Programme [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, Jan/ Feb 2010: 4-6. Availability: <;dn=650781821968048;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 26 Nov 15].

Personal Author: Ismail, Salma; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, Jan/ Feb 2010: 4-6 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Eyeglasses; Community health services; Health promotion; Eye--Care and hygiene; Eye--Diseases; Aboriginal Australians--Health and hygiene;

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