Yu Xiang George Kong

Fitzroy North, Victoria

Humanitarian, techie

Glaucoma affects more than 300,000 Australians, with the prevalence expected to grow as the population ages. Screening is currently only offered by ophthalmologists and some optometrists, which means people in rural areas often don’t get detected until it is too late to save their sight. George, an ophthalmologist with an interest in software development, wants to change this. He has developed VisualFields Easy, a tablet app that can help doctors and patients identify glaucoma. It will also provide the user with information about glaucoma, support services and the location of their nearest optometrist or ophthalmologist: “Tests in Australia, the US and Nepal have indicated the app can detect glaucoma with a high degree of accuracy, so I am hoping it will make a difference, especially in rural areas.”