Save Sight Symposium

A free Save Sight Symposium at Otago Polytechnic Hub on Saturday 8 September (10am to 4pm) offers professionals and lay people alike a great opportunity to learn more about eye health.

The one-day symposium is the outcome of a collaboration between Otago Polytechnic, Retina NZ and VICTA. 

In the morning, ophthalmologist Harry Bradshaw will speak on the three main causes of preventable vision loss, and Emma Sandford, a physician qualified in the medical treatment of eye disorders, will discuss eye health and nutrition.

The messages in Emma’s keynote address will be reflected in the delicious lunch - and in the accompanying recipe and information booklet. 

After lunch and a browse around the stalls, participants can attend a workshop, or a series of short talks. The 90 minute workshop, presented by Matt Rudland of the Blind Foundation, will tackle the challenges of making technology accessible for people with low vision. Topics for the short talks include computer vision syndrome, lighting for low vision, vision screening for teenagers, ebikes and mobility scooters, moving well with low vision, how brain injury can affect vision, and introducing people with vision loss to online shopping.


To round off the day, a ‘town and gown’ debate will feature a lively collection of Dunedin’s most articulate and opinionated citizens (some venerable, some youthful) tackling the topic: “Not waving but drowning: keeping our heads above the digital flood” with Mark Henaghan, Dean of  Law at the University of Otago in the Chair.




“The HUB” H Block,
Otago Polytechnic
Cnr Forth & Union Streets
North Dunedin