SEED and the Brien Holden Vision Institute collaborate on new contact lens technology

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Press Release: Brien Holden Vision Institute will be collaborating on research and development of new contact lens technologies with SEED Co., Ltd (“SEED”) in Japan to deliver advanced vision correction for ageing people. There are about 130 million contact lens wearers globally, a relatively small number when compared to the total population needing vision correction…

Free online course on eliminating Trachoma

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

The International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are re-running the successful free online course on Eliminating Trachoma with the help of its partners FutureLearn. The course development has been supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sightsavers and International Coalition for Trachoma Control.   The course aims…

Eritrea and Mozambique sign the Commitment to promote UEH and eliminate blinding NTDs

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Eritrea and Mozambique have signed the Commitment to promote Universal Eye Health and eliminate blinding Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). They follow Liberia, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan that signed the committment that was launched at the Celebration ceremony of the IAPB 10th General Assembly.   This Commitment, which also calls…

Help support translation of CEHJ text for Opthalmic Nurses

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

Heather Machin (Australia), Lisa Buckland (Australia) and Sandy Burnett (USA) are walking to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Camino de Santiaga to fund-raise for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   The funds raised will help the Community Eye Health Journal translate a FREE e-text for ophthalmic nurses and technicians working in the…

IAPB Strategy: where we’re at

As the IAPB Board of Trustees prepare to meet in Dubai on 4-5 April, with much of the meeting dedicated to strategic discussions and group work, let’s have a look at what’s been done so far to ensure our next strategy reflect our collective needs and ambitions.

World Optometry Day

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

For all 2018 World Optometry Day stories click here 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…

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…