The Clinics

Mobile Eye Clinic

Fiji

Designed, produced, and funded by New Zealanders, the Mobile Eye Clinic is the first of its kind in the Pacific region. It’s a state-of-the-art, 11.5 metre facility, which travels to remote parts of Fiji to provide sight-saving services to people in need.

History

In 2015 we launched the Mobile Eye Clinic to help address the staggering demand for eye care services in Fiji.

With the full range of medical equipment aboard the vehicle, the Mobile Eye Clinic is a one-stop-shop for free eye checks, cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy laser treatment, and services for a range of other eye conditions. This means it can stay in a location for longer than our outreach team, giving patients in remote areas better access to free high-quality eye care.

“We know that for transport and financial reasons, there are patients who simply can’t reach us. So we’re taking our clinic straight to our patients instead.”
– Andrew Bell, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ Executive Director

By 2016, less than a year after its launch, the Mobile Eye Clinic was already providing services right across Fiji’s main islands, Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.

This increase in services created the need for a dedicated village screening team. The team go to smaller neighbouring villages to screen patients for eye problems right on their doorsteps, and refer them to the nearby Mobile Eye Clinic as needed. This was very successful and is now a permanent service.

In 2016 the village screening team screened:

  • 40 villages
  • Six settlements
  • Five squatter areas
  • One school
  • One retirement home

In November 2017 the FIJI Water Foundation made the incredibly generous donation of a prime mover truck — giving the Clinic its own means of transport. This gift will not only give the Clinic greater reach throughout Fiji but will also increase its reliability and cost effectiveness by removing the need to hire a transporter and eliminating the ongoing cost involved in doing so.

Information for patients and family of patients

Enquiries via Pacific Eye Institute/Colonial War Memorial Eye Clinic

Brown St, Suva
(+679) 3100 424
pacificeyeinstitute.org

Opening hours

(Please note Fiji is one hour behind New Zealand)

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Key Achievements

In its first two years of operation, the Mobile Eye Clinic has:

  • Seen 16,887 patients
  • Performed 780 sight-saving surgeries
  • Distributed over 10,000 pairs of spectacles

Importantly, our research shows that the Mobile Eye Clinic is also reaching patients that traditionally have not been able to access eye care services, due to living in remote locations far away from other eye care services.

Mobile Eye Clinic outreaches

Dates are subject to change, please contact Pacific Eye Institute to confirm.
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