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By Saloni Nagpaul | On Wednesday 22nd March 2017 | 0 Comments

Photo by Graham Coates; Stronger Together Photo competition

March is full of health days that are important for eye care, and today (23 March) is no different: World Optometry Day. It is an opportunity to draw the spotlight on a key eye care profession and their critical role in tackling uncorrected refractive errors

Uncorrected refractive errors (URE) affect people of all ages and ethnic groups and are the main cause of vision impairment. They often result in lost education and employment opportunities, lower productivity and impaired quality of life. 
Today, we have a selection of blog posts on optometry from some of our members. Before we dive in, IAPB’s very own Peter Ackland highlights our Position Papers on readymade, adjustable and recycled spectacles—‘good practice’ recommendations from the...
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By Hasan Minto | On Tuesday 21st March 2017 | 0 Comments

BHVI Pakistan

As eye care professionals, we all know that current efforts to address child eye health needs are falling far too short. Refractive errors, for example, are simple and cost effective to correct yet they continue to negatively effect the lives of millions of children worldwide.

There are a number of reasons why care is often unavailable or inaccessible - the small number of skilled heath care professionals, an uneven distribution of resources, or a lack in confidence to be a proactive provider of care. One of these factors is enough to disrupt effective care to children; in many places, we are finding all three. 
But on World Optometry Day, I am encouraged that as optometrists and as eye care professionals, we have the knowledge and expertise to create a huge impact - on policies,  economies and on lives.
For example, school health programmes are revolutionizing the approach to child health care worldwide. If we can integrate eye health into already existing systems, then we will be able to reach more children than ever before. Simply adding a service to an already strong health programme can pay huge dividends. 
In Pakistan, the school based approach to providing eye care has been a great success. The Brien Holden...
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By Peter Ackland | On Tuesday 21st March 2017 | 0 Comments

Social card: IAPB Position paper

It is shocking that even today, an estimated 120 million people live a severely disadvantaged life, unable to see things at a distance because they do not have a pair of spectacles. Estimates suggest another half billion or more—yes, Billion—are also suffering from near vision problems. They cannot read or perform near tasks, again simply for want of spectacles. The recently published IAPB report on spectacle coverage found that in some countries less than 10% of the people needing spectacles to correct serious levels of vision loss were receiving them.

The only response to these shocking statistics is outrage – particularly as inexpensive and cost-effective solutions are available. The availability of Ready-made spectacles is a positive development that can be used to speed up responses to tackle uncorrected refractive error (URE). This is a good solution but there still needs to be some parameters around their use—some ‘good practice’ recommendations, if you will. Accordingly, the IAPB Refractive Error work group has produced...
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By Uduak Udom | On Tuesday 21st March 2017 | 0 Comments

WCO conference

Optometry is stronger today than it has ever been, and with this expanded recognition and role comes greater responsibility. The World Council of Optometry (WCO) understands this and is continually working toward an expanded presence for optometry in areas that need it most. The work of WCO’s Regional Partners in areas such as Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific has resulted in better access and quality of vision and eye health all over the globe.

It is for this reason and many more that the WCO is pleased to endorse World Optometry Day on 23 March 2017 and encourage you to join us as we come together and celebrate optometry worldwide. 
Uncorrected refractive error is the main cause of avoidable vision impairment and a major cause of blindness in many areas of the developing world. To find solutions and celebrate our successes, the WCO is pleased to host the 2nd World Congress of Optometry in partnership with the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) and the India Vision Institute (IVI), with the theme “Accessible, Quality Vision and Eye Health.”
This year’s theme ties into the WHO ‘Universal Eye Health: A global action...
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