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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

First of a kind website dedicated to the issue of vision loss

Date posted: 3 April 2014

With the incidence of vision loss increasing, a new website, www.visionloss.com.au, was launched on 1 April 2014 to enable people affected to know how and where to access services as quickly as possible.

Designed by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, the website is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia dedicated to the issue of vision loss.

Featuring sections on different vision conditions, information on local services, links to support groups and industry bodies, and an interactive discussion forum, it aims to provide eye-care professionals, people experiencing vision loss and the public with a single portal of information about eye health and the range of expert services available from optometrists through to the free specialist services provided by organisations like Guide Dogs.

'After many years working with the eye-health industry and people who are blind or vision impaired, we realised there was an opportunity to create a central online site about vision loss,' said Charles Ulm, Marketing and Communications Manager of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

'We strongly encourage people experiencing trouble getting around because of vision loss to seek help early but were concerned they, their families and their eye-health professionals may not know how to quickly and easily find that help. www.visionloss.com.au is designed to be that solution.'

The website is accessible for people who are blind or vision impaired with features including options for text to be read by a screen reader, enlarged or even the contrast changed to make it easier to read.

For more information a handy explainer video had been created about the website, which can be viewed here on YouTube or visit www.visonloss.com.au

Source: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

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Last updated: 2 April 2014
 
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