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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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Cataract condition - causes & treatment - Fred Hollows

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Many patients are unable to access treatment. Learn more.

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Childhood eye diseases and conditions - Fred Hollows

Childhood blindness, caused by cataract, trachoma, and retinopathy of prematurity, affects three out of four children who live in poverty. Find out more.

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Indigenous Australia Program | Fred Hollows

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander adults are six times more likely to go blind, but 94% of this is preventable or treatable. Here's what we're doing about it.

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Eye Health | Common Eye Conditions | Glossary of Eye Conditions

A glossary of eye conditions including information on cataract, diabetic retinopathy, as well as definitions of myopia, hyperopia, and glaucoma. Read more.

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Diabetes Eye Health Guide | Fred Hollows

The Diabetes Eye Health Guide is a practical & informative document developed for primary health professionals on managing diabetic retinopathy.

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What is an IOL? | Intraocular Lens | Cataract | Fred Hollows

The IOL (Intraocular Lens) restores sight and could be called the most valuable piece of plastic in the world. Read more.

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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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Trachoma disease - causes & treatment - Fred Hollows

Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world today. Learn more.

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The National Trachoma Program | Fred Hollows

Fred wanted trachoma eradicated from Australia. In the 1970's, he led a medical program to visit over 100,000 people in remote Australia. Learn more.

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The human eye anatomy & functions - Fred Hollows

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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