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Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working towards eliminating avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous Australian health.

Today, there are 32.4 million people in the world who are blind – but many don’t need to be. The Fred Hollows Foundation focus on preventable and treatable diseases such as cataract, trachoma and diabetic retinopathy. In-country work involves local training and providing affordable technology, so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities. They use research to improve understanding of avoidable blindness, then use findings to implement strategies and advocate for change.

When someone's sight is restored, it gives them a chance for a better life. They're able to work, go to school and provide for their families. Fred Hollows believed that everyone, no matter whether they were rich or poor, had the right to affordable eye care.

The Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors, which includes Gabi Hollows. CEO, Ian Wishart, leads day-to-day operations and Fred’s great mate and fellow humanitarian, Dr Sanduk Ruit, still advises.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is independent, not-for-profit, politically unaligned and secular. It now works in more than 25 countries and has restored sight to over two million people worldwide. This couldn’t have been achieved without the overwhelming support of the Australian public.

You can get involved with The Fred Hollows Foundation by donating, buying a gift card, getting involved with community fundraising, or having your own fundraising event.

Or you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Last reviewed: May 2019

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Function & Anatomy Of The Human Eye - Fred Hollows Foundation

Eyes are important organs that help us navigate our way through the world. Learn more about how eyes work and how eye diseases affect our sight.

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Eye Diseases & Disorders In Children & Toddlers | Fred Hollows

Childhood blindness, caused by cataracts, trachomas, and retinopathy of prematurity, affects three out of four children who live in poverty. Fred Hollows provides free treatment for those affected. Find out how to help.

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What Is Trachoma Disease? Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world today. Read our in depth guide about the common causes, symptoms and treatments available.

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Eye Cataracts: Causes & Treatments | Fred Hollows Foundation

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. There are several prominent causes and treatments available. Fred Hollows provides access to treatment for those affected.

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Intraocular Lens Implant - IOL Surgery | Fred Hollows Foundation

IOLs are an integral part of restoring sight to someone with cataract.

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Diabetic Retinopathy | Causes & Treatment | Fred Hollows

The Fred Hollows Foundation's programs treat many diseases like diabetic retinopathy which can lead to blindness. Learn about this terrible eye condition.

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Uncorrected refractive error | Causes & treatments | Fred Hollows

Uncorrected refractive error is the most common cause of vision impairment, and the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Learn about the causes and treatments.

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Indigenous Australia Program by Fred Hollows Foundation

90% of vision loss for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults is preventable or treatable.

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