Anyinginyi runs the only eye health program in the Barkly Region. We run optometrist and ophthalmologist (eye specialist) clinics in Tennant Creek and some remote communities.
The priorities of the Eye Health team are:
- screening diabetics
- getting people glasses to increase their vision
- coordinating and supporting patients through surgery
- health promotion.
Through better vision we have improved many people’s lives and restored their independence.
Since starting this program we have seen an attitude change in the community. Rather than accepting vision loss as a part of ageing people are now actively seeking help.
The Eye Health team use a subsidised glasses scheme that enables Aboriginal people to access affordable prescription glasses. The Lions Club also donate free ready-made spectacles.