Australian Bureau of Statistics data estimates that 17,000 people across Australia suffer from a total loss of sight and a further 260,000 have reported a partial loss of sight. In the context of Australia’s relatively small population, this represents a sizable proportion.

Further to this, a strong correlation between visual impairment and age is evident with more than 13 per cent of the total population aged 75 years or older affected by some form of visual impairment which cannot be corrected by glasses alone. Coupled with the now established understanding that we…