Telehealth allows us to communicate with a patient and manage medical problems via the internet and telecommunications. The availability of telehealth increases access to, and reduces waiting lists for, specialist ophthalmology services in regional Western Australia.
If you have a problem with your eyes, you should first see an optometrist (Visiting Optometrist). Optometrists do more than sell eye glasses. If you have eye-health problems, you can visit one of our highly trained optometrists who can make an assessment and organise a consultation appointment.
Outreach services are coordinated visits by ophthalmologists to regional communities through the Vision Van and Visiting Optometry Services to give patient access to clinical assessment, review, follow up and surgery if required.
Each year, thousands of Australians suffer the debilitating effects of vision loss and blindness. There is a substantial gap in eye health between rural and remote Western Australians and their urban counterparts. People living in rural and remote Australia needlessly experience higher rates of blinding eye disease. Yet 94% of vision loss is preventable or treatable.