trachoma | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

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  • Meet Durkita

    Imagine your whole world fading to black. You know something is terribly wrong. Your eyesight is slipping away and with it your independence. You desperately need an eye doctor, but there is no one to turn to for help. You feel isolated and vulnerable, fearful of never seeing or being independent again.

  • The eye doctor

    Fred once said, “I studied medicine so I could help others – set a leg or whatever – and it’s given me a great deal of satisfaction.” But setting legs was not what Professor Fred Hollows ended up doing. After graduating from medical school, Fred became a Resident at Auckland Public Hospital. The first job he had was in general surgery and the senior surgical tutor said to him, “Hollows, you’re the house surgeon here now….you’ve got an easy job. All you have to do is know everything about these patients every time I show up….”

  • Corneal opacity

    Corneal opacity is a risk in countries such as Papua New Guinea where eye trauma presents at alarmingly high levels.

  • Overseas

    "I believe that my view of what a redeemed 'social condition' is has been consistent - equity between people - and I've tried always to work to that end."  Not long after he moved to Australia in 1965, Fred visited a number of Aboriginal communities and was shocked by the deplorable standards of eye health. He was especially concerned with the high number of Aborigines who had trachoma, an infectious eye disease that is normally only found in developing countries.

  • Trachoma

    Trachoma is most common in the poorer rural areas of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Australia and the Middle East. In Australia, trachoma is almost exclusively found within the Indigenous population.

  • Anatomy of the eye

    The eye The eye is the organ of sight. The eye is an especially important organ as it often reflects general health. Retinal blood vessels can show the first signs of disease affecting the rest of the body.