Vision centres are a key component in establishing sustainable eye care in developing countries. They are a facility that provides a range of eye care services, including:
- Eye screenings
- Refraction (i.e. Determining the spectacle prescription required)
- Full eye examinations
- Prescribing spectacles
- Supply and dispensing of affordable spectacles
- Detection of potentially blinding diseases
- Treatment of minor eye problems and provision of first aid within the skills set of the eye care person(s) staffing the centre
- Appropriate referral of patients with more complex eye conditions to higher levels of a health care system
Information, guidelines and tools are also provided to help facilitate the entire process.
This resource is delivered through a 46-page PDF Vision Centre Manual, that describes the Vision Centre Model, its functions and stages of development, with a Toolkit (54 accompanying files in PDF, Word and Excel format) that includes practical tools, examples and processes to assist with the establishment and management of the operations of a vision centre.