Addressing Childhood Blindness in South Sulawesi

Senior Program Manager- Eye Health
Organisation: Helen Keller International

Satyaprabha Kotha and Gwyneth Cotes on addressing Childhood Blindness in South Sulawesi… The Global Burden of Disease Study estimates that in 2010 there were more than 100 million cases of moderate and severe visual impairment (MSVI) around the world. In addition, 6.8 million cases of blindness occurred due to uncorrected refractive error (URE)[1]. Integrating vision…

“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,”…

Launching a new funding stream tackling visual impairment: The Indigo Trust

Deputy Trust Executive
Organisation: Indigo Trust

The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant-making foundation that is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Since Indigo’s founding almost 20 years ago, the Trust has awarded over £13 million in funding to a variety of causes in the UK and overseas. Projects supported by Indigo range from criminal justice issues in the UK…

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…

Optometrists – an essential piece of the puzzle to achieve comprehensive eye health

International Director Programmes, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships
Organisation: Light for the World
On World Optometry Day, Sabine Rehbichler on why optometrists are an essential piece of the puzzle to achieve comprehensive eye health... Light for the World strives towards improved access to universal and comprehensive eye health in its partner countries. As all stakeholders in the field know, this is not always highest on the agenda of…

Changing the way optometrists think about myopia

Head of Knowledge
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

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…