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William Buck QLD has provided Cunnamulla Health Centre with their first ever retinal camera and other urgent medical items.

The provision of high quality eye services is a fundamental part of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Sadly, indigenous adults report six times more blindness than the non-indigenous population. 94% of vision loss is unnecessary and is preventable or treatable. Diabetes retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Yet simple screening for diabetes retinopathy prevents blindness.

With the help of this new camera, each patient will have a retinal photo taken. Each image, via tele health, who will identify patients with retinopathy. The next stage, simply involves the visiting ophthalmologist using a laser or injecting the eye to restore sight and this will be done within a few weeks. Prior to Cunnamulla receiving this camera, a patient would have to wait many years for treatment.

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