The Lions Club has funded an ultra-widefield retinal imaging device, valued at approx. AU$140K for the use of Save Sight Institute. The Optos 200TX enables ophthalmologists to see more of a patient’s eye, and in doing so, helps them discover more evidence of disease and guides treatment decisions.
In a statement, Professor Peter McCluskey director of Save Sight Institute said, “Conventional methods allow us to view approximately 45 degrees of the retina, but with this sophisticated camera we can see 200 degrees of the retina in just one image.”
The Optos 200TX was fully funded through the combined fundraising efforts of NSW Parliamentary Lions Club, the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Australian Lions Foundation and the Lions Clubs NSW/ACT Save Sight Foundation.
The Hon. Stephen Bromhead from the NSW Parliamentary Lions Club attended the official presentation of the Optos 200TX in mid November. “Lions Clubs have a long and proud history of supporting the work of organisations and people who are at the frontline of fighting blindness and vision loss,” he said. “It’s an honour to be able to contribute to the great work by donating this piece of essential equipment.”
Jean-Claude LeGrande from the Lions NSW/ACT Save Sight Foundation handed over the final installment cheque for the equipment, saying, “We are so pleased to be involved at the beginning of a patients’ journey, helping to ensure that they have the most accurate and timely diagnosis possible to enable appropriate treatment to save their vision.”