Fred Hollows was a famous ophthalmologist from Australia, he was known all over the world due to his work of re-establishing people’s eyesight. Fred was born in the year 1929 on the 9th day of April in Dunedin New Zealand. At first he wished to be a missionary due to his religious family but after working in a mental hospital he decided to venture into medicine. He enrolled for medicine in the University of Otago where he trained for five years that is from 1951 to 1955. Hollows later moved to Wellington hospital for one year and then joined the Auckland hospital where he worked as a house surgeon.

In 1961 Fred went to Moorfields eye hospital in England to specialize in ophthalmology. He later returned to Australia where he became the head of the eye department at hospital in Sydney. In Sydney, Fred Hollows visited various states such as the New South Wales and communities like Aboriginal. He was concerned on the large population of Aborigines who had various eye defects like trachoma which caused total blindness. He decided to set up the known Aboriginal Medical service in Redfern, a suburb in Sydney. He provided eye care, conducted eye defect surveys, diagnosed patients and offered treatment including operations to patients with eye defects for three years.

Fred Hollows was also responsible for the founding of the Royal Australian College of ophthalmologist in order to establish the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. Fred visited various countries such as Eritrea and Vietnam where he trained local technicians to perform eye surgery. Fred organised various intraocular lens laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal for the manufacture and selling of lenses at a cost effective price. On the 3rd of September 1992 the Fred Hollows Foundation was launched in Sydney as a charitable organization which continues to provide eye care to the less privileged up to date.

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