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Our projects

-The Community Eye Health team at SOVS aims to identify ways to deliver more accessible and equitable eye health services to improve eye health in Aotearoa, particularly for under-served communities.

To do this, we are conducting research – firstly, to understand eye health needs in Aotearoa and, secondly, to develop and test solutions that will address unmet need and improve access to eye health services for everyone living in Aotearoa.

Understanding eye health in Aotearoa

A population-based eye health survey

In July 2021, we began a pilot population-based surveyTwo female recruiters walk down a street of adults in three Auckland suburbs (Glen Innes, Panmure and Ōrākei) to inform planning for a larger population-based survey in 2023. Read more…

Exploring differential access to eye health services

A female optometrist at a slit lamp with a patientJaymie Rogers is an optometrist, Professional Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at SOVS. Her PhD uses different methods to draw a picture of access to eye health services in Aotearoa.  Read more…

Auckland School Screening Programme

Each year, BOptom students screen school children in the Auckland region for vision issues. A valuable training opportunity for students, the screening service ensures students who need eye care are identified for follow-up. We’ll be providing more about our work to understand the eye health needs of school-age children soon.  

Diabetes eye health services

Several projects are underway to increase our understanding of diabetes eye health services – we are analysing national screening and treatment data, assessing screening attendance in Counties Manukau and examining diabetes eye care pathways to understand disconnection from treatment. Read more…

Improving access to eye health services in Aotearoa

Aotearoa Vision Bus:

Scheduled for launch in late 2021, a mobile full-service eye clinic aims to make eye health services more accessible to a range of hard-to-reach or historically under-served communities.
Watch this space!

Community Spectacle Scheme

A woman does the thumbs up while wearing a new pair of spectaclesEstablished in 2021 to support SOVS Community Eye Health teaching and research activities, the Scheme is part of a wider programme to make eye care more accessible to all New Zealanders.  Read more…

Improving equitable access to diabetes eye services

Te Whare Piringa - eye testing at a community centreWe have received HRC funding (2020-23) to explore how diabetes eye health services can be more accessible and responsive in Auckland and Counties Manukau.  Read more…

Establishing an evidence base

While we have unique challenges in Aotearoa, we recognise we can learn from evaluating eye health services in other countries. Read more…