Associate Professor Chris Layton established the Layton Vision Foundation in 2016 with one mission in mind: One cure, one vision, once. For everyone.
Chris is a leading ophthalmologist and eye specialist based in Queensland. He has over 20-years’ experience in the eye care industry, with specialisations in cataract surgery, macular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, medical retinal disease and glaucoma.
Working internationally and being immersed in the eye health industry from both a clinical and research position, Chris Layton understands the global vision crisis and how it affects every day lives. As it stands, 253 million people are living with vision impairment, yet 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. While there has been significant public health action, increased awareness and availability of eye care services, the rise in population growth and aging is contributing to the number of people suffering from vision impairment, which is said to triple by 2050.
Armed with this knowledge and experience, Chris felt it imperative to invest in high-level eye research in Queensland. He recognised how critical this kind of research was for improving clinical standards and specialised eye technologies, not just in Australia, but in developing countries and international aid.
Chris Layton’s work is now focused on developing new therapies through research and clinical trials at the LVH Ophthalmology Research Centre, which is part-funded by the Layton Vision Foundation. The team of specialists at the LVH Ophthalmology Research Centre aim to create a single, curative interventions with long-term effects.
Through the Layton Vision Foundation, Chris Layton provides educational training and research fellowship opportunities for the next generation of doctors in academic Ophthalmology. The goal is to ensure young doctors are empowered to push the boundaries of modern medicine to develop high quality treatments that are accessible for all.
The Layton Vision Foundation also works within the South Pacific Region, providing services and treatment options to the ocular community which are suitable for young people in low-resource settings.
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