Optometry – more than just eye care

Chair, IAPB School Eye Health Working Group, Global Programs Director, Our Children Vision, and Program Director, Child Eye Health & Low Vision, Brien Holden Vision Institute
Organisation: The Brien Holden Vision Institute

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…

IAPB Position Papers on Spectacles (readymade, adaptable and recycled)

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

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…

Let’s meet: World Congress of Optometry

President
Organisation: World Council of Optometry

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,…

Optometry is compassion

Immediate Past-President
Organisation: World Council of Optometry

Optometry is defined as the professional practice of eye and vision care for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and conditions of the eye and visual system–but it is so much more! Optometry is compassionate and comprehensive patient eye health and vision care. Optometry is the smile on a child’s face when they see…

World Water Day

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

22nd March 2017 is World Water Day; a UN-designated ‘day’ which sees widespread support from across the world. Emphasizing WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, the day is important for the eye care sector as well.  Indeed, providing clean water not only eliminates Neglected Tropical Diseases like trachoma, it also dramatically improves general health indicators and…

Kasungu goes trachoma-free

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Today, on World Water Day, our focus is on how facial cleanliness and environmental improvements are helping to combat the risks of transmission and infection of trachoma.  Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. It is triggered by a bacterium called Chlamydia Trachomatis which is spread through contact with eye discharge from an…

Let’s provide SAFE water

Global Director, Programmes
Organisation: OEU

On the occasion of World Water Day, Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, Alice Mwangi and Patson Tembo from Operation Eyesight Universal highlight the importance of clean water for the prevention of avoidable blindness. Sinazongwe district, Zambia notched a prevalence of blinding trachoma of 14.3%, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2007 (The WHO…

This World Water Day, let’s scale up sustainable trachoma elimination efforts

Immediate Past Chair, International Coalition for Trachoma Control
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

22 March is World Water Day, a day for raising awareness and taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Today, we highlight and celebrate some of the emerging water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related initiatives that are helping to ensure that trachoma is not just eliminated, but eliminated once and for all. (Photo: Good hygiene…

Low Vision Curriculum

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Globally, there are 80 million people with low vision who require support from competent low vision service providers. Such services are needed at all ages – in early childhood, at school, in the workplace and for everyday living. But low vision is a neglected area when it comes to service provision. Even in high income countries…

Gender and Eye Health: Case studies needed

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Call for good examples of gender-sensitive programmes in eye health to improve programme design. A group of IAPB members is working to collect case studies of work to achieve gender equality, promote inclusion or increase access to eye health services for women and girls. They already have a good collection, but are keen to find…

Priorities for glaucoma care in Sub-Saharan Africa

IAPB West Africa Chair
Organisation: IAPB

Applanation tonometry: accurate measurement of intraocular pressure is important in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma/ Photo credits: Gabriel Entekume Glaucoma affects at least one in every 25 people aged 40 years and above in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It occurs as a result of the intraocular pressure (eye pressure [IOP]) being too high for the…

Low Vision Curriculum

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

Globally, there are 80 million people with low vision who require support from competent low vision service providers. Such services are needed at all ages – in early childhood, at school, in the workplace and for everyday living. But low vision is a neglected area when it comes to service provision. Even in high income countries…

IAPB Italy marks World Glaucoma Week

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

90 Italian cities have marked World Glaucoma Week (12 to 18 March 2017) with a variety of events. Promoted by IAPB Italy and arranged with the local support from the Italian Blind Union, these events included: free ophthalmic check-ups in 50 cities, both in eye care facilities and mobile ophthalmic units. nearly 30 meetings discussing…

Glaucoma’s Future in Asia

Ophthalmologist and Chairman
Organisation: Sight For All

In our fourth blog for World Glaucoma Week, James Muecke, an Ophthalmologist, an IAPB Eye Health Hero and Chairman for Sight For All,  writes about the need for training for glaucoma in Asia, highlighting what they are doing. James Muecke AM teaching fellows Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and over half of the…

Magnitude of Glaucoma- the Rationale for Glaucoma Training

Ophthalmologist and senior consultant Glaucoma services
Organisation: Aravind Eye Care System

In our third blog for World Glaucoma Week, Dr Krishnadas, a senior consultant in the glaucoma services at Aravind Eye Care System writes about the need for glaucoma training and what Aravind is doing. Dr Krishnadas with a fellowship student Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in India and Asia, as in the rest of the…

Vision Aid Overseas DFID funded programme in Ethiopia brings eye care to over 184,000 people

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Press Release: The Vision Aid Overseas’ DFID and Essilor UK Ltd funded programme in Ethiopia brings life changing eye care to over 184,000 people across five districts in southern Ethiopia. With a population of 94 million people scattered across remote and often hard to reach areas, Ethiopia is a rapidly developing country, and is emerging…

CBM trial aims to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa

Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia
Organisation: CBM UK

In our second blog for World Glaucoma Week, Laura Gore, Programme Manager – East Africa and Asia, CBM UK writes about the trial CBM is doing to improve glaucoma treatment in Africa.   Post-graduate ophthalmology student examines a glaucoma patient at KCMC hospital, under supervision of Dr Heiko Philippin. © CBM/argum/Einberger   Over the years…

My challenges managing glaucoma in sub Saharan Africa

Ophthalmologist
Organisation: ICEH and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi Nigeria

In our first blog for World Glaucoma Week, Mohammed Abdull, an ophthalmologist writes about the challenges he faces managing and treating patients in Africa. Testing visual acuity As an ophthalmologist working in Africa I face specific challenges that my western colleagues may not. Glaucoma is a big problem in Africa: the prevalence of glaucoma in people…

World Glaucoma Week

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

12-18 March 2017 is World Glaucoma Week (WGW). WGW is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patients Association (WGPA), to raise awareness of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with an estimated 4.5 million blinded by…

A review of eye care service delivery in SEA Region

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

New Paper calls for urgent action to meet WHO Global Action Plan objective by 2019 Photo courtesy : Shyam, submitted for the #StrongerTogether Photo competition A recently published paper in the journal “International Ophthalmology”, reviews eye care service delivery in the South East Asia region and assesses progress towards Universal Eye Health. The key findings…