Partnering for Purpose: Why We’re Collaborating with IAPB

President, CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Division
Organisation: CooperVision

At CooperVision, our purpose is to help improve the way people see each day. That’s why we have chosen to become a Global Patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), helping bring even greater awareness to eye health issues. Through partnerships, advocacy efforts and a breadth of knowledge, IAPB is a…

How Optometrists Help in the Battle Against Myopia

In 2005 I started Ortho Keratology – the wearing of contact lenses overnight to flatten the cornea – and produce a myopic defocus – thereby making it possible to control the progression of nearsightedness . Since it was something novel at that time , patients and even colleagues in the profession raised their eyebrows and…

Optometry beyond the 2020 call

International Optometric Consultant
I found myself in an awkward position being invited to write about Optometry for its international celebration – World Optometry Day.  Indeed, it seemed somewhat impertinent or perhaps even insensible to talk about anything other than the COVID-19 pandemic at this time. But it is in this same context, as I reflected on a question…

“But where are the ophthalmologists (doctors)?”

Optometry & Primary Care Adviser |Knowledge & Innovation
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation
On World Optometry Day, Dr Suit May Ho, celebrates the listing of optometry as a recognised profession in Vietnam, 10 years in the making... “But where are the ophthalmologists?” was the refrain as we toured a large contact lens specialty optometry practice in Melbourne, Australia with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) delegation. “Over there,”…

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen join IAPB

Honorary Professor of the University Tuebingen
Organisation: The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, is a public research university located in the city of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.  The University of Tübingen is one of eleven German Excellence Universities. The Ophthalmic Research Institute within the University is one of the biggest basic research institute in ophthalmology in Europe.  As part of the institute the…

2019 in Review: Highlights from IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
Looking back over 2019, it’s impossible not to also look ahead to 2020. The pivotal year that many of us have been working towards throughout our career in the eye health sector, is almost upon us. It’s only fitting that our members and stakeholders are keeping one eye on the future and that they expect…

Orbis: Saving Vision and Changing Children’s Lives Across the World

Director of Research and North Asia Strategy
Organisation: Orbis International

On Universal Children’s Day, Nathan Congdon on Orbis saving vision and changing children’s lives across the world. The pyramid of children’s vision Orbis has been working to change lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness since 1982. A large focus of this work has been treating cases of childhood blindness.  The numerous conditions…

Optometry Showcased in the Philippines

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Mid-June saw the Asia Pacific Optometry Congress held on the shores of Manila Bay, once again hosted by the Philippines. This regional derivative of Group A IAPB Members, World Council of Optometry, brought together representatives from over 30 countries, with a particular focus on the rise of Myopia in the region. Participants were encouraged to…

Singapore Hosts Myopia Summit

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Myopia is not a public health problem. Definitely not so, when the governments or health systems of the world are tackling so many conditions that end lives or cause severe morbidity. The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) ran a two-day Myopia summit: “Controversies in Myopia”, to debate and discuss various aspects of the Myopia epidemic.…

Celebrating China National Sight Day: A round-up

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

“We have fifteen doctor, twenty three eye nurses and two technicians. But we only have one professor, so we’re just a small provincial hospital,” laments Dr Wang as he tours me around the Dali Hospital in Western Yunnan. “That’s why we’re so happy you came to visit us, so that people will know that anyway…

24th China National Sight Day to be observed on June 6

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

6月6日中国第24个全国爱眼日活动敬请关注 All IAPB members and friends across China will be participating in activities to mark 24th China National Sight Day on June 6. Amongst those will be the activities carried out by Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC). Many readers will already be familiar with Big Eye, the SEDPTC mascot who teaches children…

Big Eyes Goes Global

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

With China National Sight Day fast approaching, attention continues to focus on the growth of myopia and the importance of strategies to combat the trend. Increased outdoor activity for children is one such mechanism and our colleagues at Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Center (SEDPTC) are at the forefront of research and awareness raising. …

Myopia Awareness Week – getting people talking

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

World Council of Optometry and Brien Holden Vision Institute are collaborating to bring us Myopia Awareness Week, 13 – 19 May 2019. Together they are inspiring action in caregivers to protect their children’s vision and changing the way optometrists understand and treat myopia. “We know that almost half the world’s population will be myopic by…

Optometry for all

President
Organisation: World Council of Optometry
Witnessing a patient’s expression, the first time they are able to see clearly – it’s an amazing moment - a moment that is not quickly forgotten! Having practised optometry for 36 years, that moment has never diminished for me. As World Council of Optometry President, I am calling on the optometric profession to come together…

Positive impact of refractive services

Chair IAPB Refractive Error Work Group
Organisation: World Council of Optometry
Uncorrected refractive error remains the major cause (43% ) of the 217 million people with medium to severe visual impairment at distance and an estimated 1.1 billion with near vision impairment. This means millions of people being functionally blind due to lack of access to spectacles resulting in lost education and employment opportunities, lower productivity…

Advocating for our children’s vision – the job falls to us

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
Millions upon millions of children are without vision care, on World Optometry Day, Hasan Minto on the need for advocacy and why the job falls to us... Millions upon millions of children are without vision care – and for them the issue is pressing. This we know. What we are currently working towards is the…

Achieving Scale: the real challenge for Optometry

Senior Vice President of Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact
Organisation: Essilor
It is important on World Optometry Day we take stock of the relevance and impact of the Optometry profession. Many of us have spent years involved in various eye care projects and campaigns to increase access to refractive services, a key responsibility of optometric services. However the fact that there are still 2.5 billion people…

WHO-IAPB-BHVI join in collaborative meeting on Developing Myopia Strategies

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Press Release: 19 November 2018, Singapore: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) joined with Brien Holden Vision Institute in a recent collaborative meeting at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), to host a regional discussion on myopia. The objective of the meeting was to use current evidence…

Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre launch music festival for World Sight Day

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

On the occasion of World Sight Day, 2018, IAPB Group A Member, Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre launched the Shanghai Outdoor Music Festival which will be held in the Central Park on Saturday November 24. This initiative is driven by the need for children and young adults to spend more time outdoors to…

The Chinese Government takes steps to tackle myopia in children

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

The Chinese government is taking steps to curb the rising levels of myopia (near-sightedness) among children. The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced a new scheme that aims to reduce the myopia rate amongst 6-year-olds to 3% by 2030. This announcement comes following President Xi Jinping’s recent remarks, where he spoke about the need to protect the…