About Us

History

It is estimated that over 13 million Australians have one or more chronic (long-term) eye conditions, according to self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2017–18. Chronic eye conditions vary in their presentation, treatment and consequences, but almost all are more common in older people. In 2017–18, chronic eye conditions affected 93% of people aged 65 and over, compared with only 12% among people aged 0–14 (ABS 2018). It is one of the top 10 disabilities among adults over the age of 18 with more than 70% of people aged over 65 experiencing eyesight problems. In Canberra and the ACT, there are over 10,000 people who have some degree of vision impairment.

Eyes for Life Canberra (EFLC) was launched in 2021 as an initiative from Canberra Blind Society. Extensive research has shown that when a person visits a health professional i.e. an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist, and are diagnosed with an eye condition, they often have limited time to process what’s been said or to ask any questions.

Eyes for Life Canberra offers people who have been recently diagnosed with a vision impairment, the opportunity to discuss their condition, ask questions and receive guidance on what to do next.

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Our mission

Our mission is to work with individuals with a vision impairment, identify what issues and barriers they are experiencing and develop strategies to enable and help them maintain their independence in order to fully participate in the activities of everyday life.

Our Purpose

The purpose of Eyes for Life Canberra is to provide support and rehabilitation services to people who have low vision by offering a range of services for people of all ages who are coming to terms with, or living with, a visual impairment or eyesight problem.

Who do we help?

Eyes for Life Canberra exists to help service people of all ages who have eyesight problems. We know that most people who succumb to some type of condition later in life are usually over the age of 65 and therefore not eligible for majority of government funding. EFLC helps fill the gap for those who are diagnosed with an eye problem and are over the age of 65, by paying for some services that people of this age may not be able to afford.