Inaugural ‘Kids with Different Eyes’ day a success

Save Sight Institute was pleased to present its first annual information day for families on Saturday 10th August.

Save Sight Institute was pleased to present its first annual information day for families on Saturday 10th August.

With a specific focus on paediatric eye disease, the full day seminar was attended by almost 90 people, and featured an expert line up of ophthalmic speakers, including Professor Peter McCluskey, Professor John Grigg, Associate Professor Robyn Jamieson and Dr Caroline Catt .

Also on-hand to present, answer questions and showcase their excellent support services, were representatives from Vision Australia, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

“Parenting a vision-impaired child can be a complex and daunting experience” said Professor McCluskey. “Save Sight Institute has decided to deliver this annual information day to connect, inform and empower families. We will do this by sharing information, explaining the latest research developments, answering questions, providing access to key service providers and providing an opportunity to meet and talk to people who understand the issues and worries that you face.”

A broad range of presentations were made including:

– Understanding eyes
– Major childhood eye diseases
– Education and learning
– Emotional and social impact
– Orientation and mobility
– Technology and low vision aids
– Genetics of eye disease
– The future of treating kids

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and suggestions were sought to help us make the day even more useful and relevant to families next year.

Anyone keen to attend the 2014 seminar is encouraged to register their interest as soon as possible by emailing ssi.clinic@sydney.edu.au.

SSI SightFighter’s raise $3000 for eye research

Congratulations to all SightFighters who completed the Sydney City2Surf in August!

Congratulations to all SightFighters who completed the Sydney City2Surf in August!

Not only was the day a lot of fun, but we raised over $3000 to support eye research at SSI.

Patients, doctors, researchers, family members and friends all ran or walked the 14 kilometres from Sydney to Bondi Beach. The camaraderie and team spirit was great to be part of.

This was Save Sight Institute’s first team in the City2Surf. We had 25 people join, and hope that even more become a part of this great experience in 2014!