Lions Clubs donate $140K ophthalmic equipment to SSI
in Fundraising, News
12 Nov 2014
Last week, Save Sight Institute was honoured to welcome two senior members of Lions Clubs to officially present the Institute and its patients with an ultra-widefield retinal imaging device, amounting to a total donation of almost $140K. The Optos 200TX enables ophthalmologists to see more of a patients eye, leading to earlier diagnosis of eye disease and better outcomes.
“Conventional methods allow us to view approximately 45 degrees of the retina” said director of Save Sight Institute Professor Peter McCluskey, “but with this sophisticated camera we can see 200 degrees of the retina in just one image.”
The Optos 200TX was fully funded through the combined fundraising efforts of NSW Parliamentary Lions Club, the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Australian Lions Foundation and the Lions Clubs NSW/ACT Save Sight Foundation.
The Hon. Stephen Bromhead from the NSW Parliamentary Lions Club attended the presentation and said that from a government perspective, the partnership of like-minded community groups working together to improve capacity in the eye health sector is invaluable. “Lions Clubs have a long and proud history of supporting the work of organisations and people who are at the frontline of fighting blindness and vision loss. It’s an honour to be able to contribute to the great work by donating this piece of essential equipment.”
Also present was Mr Jean-Claude LeGrande from the Lions NSW/ACT Save Sight Foundation who handed over the final installment cheque for the equipment, saying “We are so pleased to be involved at the beginning of a patients journey, helping to ensure that they have the most accurate and timely diagnosis possible to enable appropriate treatment to save their vision.”
The 200TX device was designed specifically for ophthalmologists and vitreo retina specialists. It helps practitioners discover more evidence of disease, guiding their treatment decisions. The ultra-widefield digital scanning laser technology acquires images to support the detection, diagnosis, analysis, documentation and management of ocular pathology and systemic disease that may first present in the periphery. These conditions may otherwise go undetected.