Uganda’s First Batch of Optometrists

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

Today marks the momentous occasion of Uganda’s first batch of optometrists graduating at Makerere University in Kampala after completing the first optometry degree ratified in Uganda. The graduating optometrists are the first locally trained optometrists for their country and will act as the primary eye carers for optometry services for the population. Uganda is one…

Sad News: Uduak Udom

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 World Council of Optometry has announced the sad news that their Immediate Past President, optometric colleague and friend, Dr. Uduak Udom has passed away after a long and courageous battle with illness. Dr Udom was also an IAPB Eye Health Hero–one of our very first. The WCO notice notes her commitment to the organisation…

Third World Congress of Optometry: Submissions Open

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

Submissions for the third World Congress of Optometry are open. The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and the American Academy of Optometry (Academy) will be co-hosting the 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, Florida, USA at the Orange County Convention Center, October 23-27, 2019 and will feature joint CE tracks. The 3rd World Congress…

2018 in Review: IAPB Western Pacific

Regional Program Manager, Western Pacific
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
“But what are you doing here?” I got this question a lot as I wrote this, sitting in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Baatar (UB), where it was -27 degrees outside! “We’ve never had a meeting in December. Nobody comes in December!” And really, indeed - why would I come here in December? Simply: because this meeting…

First Vietnamese-trained optometrists herald new hope for Vietnam’s national eye health

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 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 8 November 2018: Today‘s date will be remembered in history as the momentous day the optometry profession emerged in Vietnam. Spirits are soaring in Ho Chi Minh City as the first Vietnamese-trained optometrists graduate from the first school of optometry. The initial twelve optometrist graduates, emerging today as…

Haiti’s First Optometry School Opens

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

The Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, VOSH International and partners celebrated the momentous occasion of opening the first optometry school in Haiti. The initial 19 students are the pioneers of their profession for Haiti. They have been recruited by I’Université d’État d’Haïti to begin their five year Optometry and Vision Science degree. Once qualified, these…

Changing the way optometrists think about myopia

Global Manager of Academy
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute

On World Optometry Day,  Judith Stern Global Manager of Academy, Public Health at Brien Holden Vision Institute and Selina Madeleine, Global Communications Manager on changing the way optometrists think about myopia. With the world shining a spotlight on optometry today, it seems an opportune moment to highlight one of the pressing global issues for our profession: the increasing…

The need for evidence in Optometry

Researcher
Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

On World Optometry Day, Priya Morjaria on importance of research for optometrists. World Optometry Day is a unique day for our profession.  It is a reminder that even though globally we have different definitions of the profession, ultimately, we are all striving to provide comprehensive eye care services to all our patients in our different…

Suzanna is able to sew again

Inventor and Chairman
Organisation: OneDollarGlasses

On World Optometry Day, Martin Aufmuth inventor and Chairman of OneDollarGlasses shares a patient story to highlight the importance of glasses in people’s lives. “Finally, I can sew again” beams Suzanna Marciel and looks at me full of joy. Suzanna is 74 years old and lives with her 15 children, 54 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren in…

Optometry and Ophthalmology: Collaborating for Success

Programs Director
Organisation: CharityVision

On World Optometry Day,  CharityVision International‘s Programs Director Haleigh Cole Perry and Guiomar Said Malaver Benavides, Optometrist, Latin America Consultant on the need for collaboration between optometry and ophthalmology. As we celebrate World Optometry Day, we applaud all of the pioneers who have dedicated their lives to this science throughout the world. As we have both had…

Ensuring that everyone has access to eye care

Professor, Illinois College of Optometry
Organisation: World Council of Optometry

On World Optometry Day, Dr Sandra Block, Professor at Illinois College of Optometry writes on behalf of the World Council of Optometry on optometry and WCO’s mission to promote eye health and vision care. Once a year, the world celebrates the optometry profession on World Optometry Day. Our profession is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has…

WCO announces International Optometry Award Winners

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 August 14, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. – The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has announced the winners of two prestigious international awards recognising outstanding contributions to optometry. The awards will be presented immediately preceding the 2nd World Congress of Optometry at the WCO Governing Board VIP Dinner which will be held on Sunday, September 10…

Vision for Nation screens 2 million in Rwanda

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

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) has reached a significant milestone this month with the delivery of the 2 millionth eye screening in Rwanda. Since 2012, they have trained 2,700 Rwandan Ministry of Health nurses to provide eye care services at the country’s 502 local health centres. VFAN has integrated the services within Rwanda’s national health…

First Optometry School to be established in Haiti

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

Signatories hope that the School will commence in October A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed to establish the first ever School of Optometry in Haiti. The School is a collaboration between l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (UEH), Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight, VOSH International and Charity Vision with support from University of Montreal. The…

Ellis Potter, Recipient of Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Dr. Ellis Potter, former President of VOSH/International has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the The American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. The award, honoring the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO, recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eye care within a country…

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

Director of child eye health and Low vision Programmes
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…

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…

A letter from Medellin

Researcher
Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

For optometrists around the world, 14 – 16 August 2015 were a few days that made us feel like we could take over the world (I exaggerate not)! There were over 3,000 delegates present at the first World Congress of Optometry held in ‘the city of eternal spring’–Medellin, Colombia. The congress was held in partnership…