In this week’s program, we talk about eye health and ways to keep our eyes healthy and strong.
We find out about Trachoma, which is an eye infection that can cause blindness; and we learn about what causes Trachoma and what we can do to prevent it.
Trachoma is a leading cause of infectious blindness in 59 of the world’s poorest countries and Australia is the only developed country in the world which still has active cases of Trachoma. We talk about why it is that Australia hasn’t eradicated Trachoma and why we still have such high rates of this preventable disease.
To tell us more about eye health and about preventing Trachoma, we talk with Professor Hugh Taylor from Indigenous Eye Health at Melbourne University.
Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) was established in 2008 and focuses on doing research and building up evidence that can be used to develop policy about how to improve eye health in Australia.