VISION 2020 USA

Map showing Mainland USA with a superimposed US flag, by Lokal_Profil sourced from Wikimedia CommonsVISION 2020 USA has been organized to better coordinate the efforts of the many US organizations working in the field of blindness prevention, both nationally and internationally.  VISION 2020 USA is committed to assuring the right to sight for all peoples both within the US and countries outside the US.  Launched on April 30, 2009, nearly 40 organizations have come together under the VISION 2020 USA umbrella.  VISION 2020 USA is the national entity within the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and its VISION 2020: The Right To Sight initiative.

Who are the members of VISION 2020 USA?

VISION 2020 USA members are non-governmental, institutions, universities, public and private organizations sharing a commitment to blindness prevention. We are also currently recruiting commercials groups in hopes to raise some money for the organization. They include university Departments of Ophthalmology, a wide range of not-for-profit organizations and charities working around the world, and several organizations working exclusively in the US.  They are located in 15 states and the District of Columbia.  Currently, no commercial groups are part of VISION 2020 USA.

What are the major goals of VISION 2020 USA?

Advocacy for the cause of blindness prevention is the main goal of VISION2020 USA.  Speaking with one voice, we will advocate on the federal, state and local levels.  We seek to amplify the essential message that preventing blindness and improving how people with low vision function in their daily lives makes sense socially, culturally and economically.  Two of the most cost-effective interventions anywhere in the world – cataract surgical services and the distribution of Vitamin A to mothers and children – are key programs of many of our members.  A focus on the importance of refractive services and spectacles for school children, and programs to screen for glaucoma and diabetic eye disease rounds out our critical message.

How is VISION 2020 USA governed and supported?

At this time, VISION 2020 USA is supported solely by its members on a voluntary basis.  There is a chairman, vice chairman, and a three member executive committee.  We want our members to recognize there is a value-added benefit to joining VISION 2020 USA.

Who is eligible to join?

Any organization based in the US and dedicated to blindness prevention and vision rehabilitation is eligible.  We encourage as many groups as possible to join VISION 2020 USA – advocacy enjoys strength in numbers!

How do I contact VISION 2020 USA?

If your organisation is interested in joining VISION 2020 USA please contact:

Chair, Mitchell V. Brinks, MD, MPH of Oregon Health and Science University. Email: [email protected]

Vice Chair, Pooja Doshi, MPH, COA of International Eye Foundation. Email: [email protected]