Cambodia - Battambang Eye Care Program

Battambang Ophthalmic Centre (BOC) is a non-government eye clinic in Battambang, North West Cambodia which performs approximately 25% of all cataract surgeries in Cambodia. BOC has emerged over the last eight years as the most prolific provider of corrective eye surgery in the country with more than 6,562 procedures performed in the 2014 calendar year (mainly cataract and pterygium). The RANZCO Eye Foundation has been supporting the BOC since 2012 by providing regular grants to the program to specifically fund the surgeons, surgical equipment and consumables as well as post-operative treatment for patients.

Pilbara Diabetic Eye Care Program

This project aims to embed diabetic retinopathy screening into primary care core business and increase rates of early detection, treatment and management of eye disease. The project expands the integrated diabetic eye care screening program in the Kimberley region, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program is working with The RANZCO Eye Foundation and the Lions Eye Institute of WA to fund and implement the program.

The project will ‘value-add’ to the existing and well-established optometry and ophthalmology services currently delivered in the Pilbara region. The project will result in additional screening and importantly, directly refer patients to specialist eye care services, as required, through a combined eye care patient pathway. The project aligns with both The RANZCO Eye Foundation’s and the Fred Hollows Foundation’s purpose to end avoidable blindness and to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian’s health.



The RANZCO Eye Foundation is the medical eye specialists’ foundation, dedicated to restoring sight and preventing vision loss throughout Australasia.


The RANZCO Eye Foundation is a not-for-profit eye health organisation. We represent more than 900 Australian and New Zealand medical eye specialists (ophthalmologists) who are passionate about giving future generations the best vision possible. The Foundation was founded in 2002 as the fundraising arm of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA).

Each year, 10,000 Australians go blind. About 200,000 Australians have visual impairment that cannot be corrected by spectacles.

Rather than focusing on a single eye disease or cause of blindness, The RANZCO Eye Foundation has chosen to fund ground-breaking research into many of the major causes of blindness; sustainable eye care programs in disadvantaged communities both in Australia and internationally; and community awareness campaigns to increase public knowledge about eye health.


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