Project: East Timor Eye Program

Over the next few days Prairie EyeCare Center will take you on a journey to a few of the many projects of Optometry Giving Sight. 

This week feature is East Timor in Asia.

Project: East Timor Eye Program   

When the East Timor Eye Program was founded, no eye care was available anywhere in the country. Optometry Giving Sight funds the optometric input into the East Timor Eye Program through the support of ProVision Optometry Teams who provide primary eye care services and training for local staff. The ProVision Optometry Teams work in conjunction with ophthalmology teams to provide all aspects of vision care.

Project Objectives:

  • To build a comprehensive and sustainable eye care system in East Timor through the provision of eye care, eye care education and local capacity building.

  • The training and mentoring of local eye care professionals and affordable supplies of spectacles are paramount in providing a long term solution for the people of East Timor.

Project Outcomes to December 2008*:

People mentored: 11 eye care nurses

People screened: 5,155
Glasses dispensed: 3,554
Referrals made: 1,097

The Future of the East Timor Eye program:


The program will continue to focus on regional areas of East Timor, where visits to Baucau, Oecussi, Suai, Maubisse and Maliana have already taken place. ProVision Optometry Teams will continue to work alongside the 11 East Timorese eye care nurses, who are gaining skills and confidence and taking leading roles in the future development of eye care in East Timor - which will help to give sight to thousands more people.

Project Partners:

This project is implemented in conjunction with: ProVision Optometrists Network, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, AusAID and the Timor Leste Ministry of Health.

Come in to Prairie EyeCare Center and give to Optometry Giving Sight Program today or call us (308)872-2291!

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