Optometry in Malaysia during COVID-19

Optometrist (Public Health)
Organisation: Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11th March 2020, Malaysia had already had a significant number of positive cases. Following this, the Prime Minister announced the Movement Control Order from 18th March 2020 to 31th March 2020 (which has now been extended to 14th April 2020). Optometrists around the…

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…

Optometrist: An Agent of Change in a Changing Development Landscape

Head of Governance and Operations
Organisation: Australia for UNHCR – Australians Supporting the UN Refugee Agency

I’ll be honest: when I was asked to do a blog for World Optometry Day I responded, “but I’m hardly still a normal optometrist”. On second thought I decided that in our current situation: what is normal? We are in the midst of the largest, global public health crisis the world has ever seen. None…

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…

Early Rehabilitation of the Blind child as a continuum of care

IAPB Low vision working group, Sub-regional manager West Africa
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

On World Optometry Day, Dr Anne Ebri, shares an inspiring optometry driven initiative to give children with low vision access to their right of education… Children who are born blind or who become blind at a very young age should receive special education as soon as possible. There have been campaigns to support schools to…

Primary care role of optometrists

Professor, Illinois College of Optometry
Organisation: World Council of Optometry
On World Optometry Day, Dr Sandra Block highlights the core primary care role of optometrists... First, I would like to congratulate all optometrists on World Optometry Day for all that you do to help people all over the globe to see better. Being that this year is 2020, everyone is focused on vision. The year 2020 provides us a great opportunity to publicly advocate…

Advocacy: Opening the Eyes of the World

Clinical Professor
Organisation: Indiana University School of Optometry

On World Optometry Day, Dr Don Lyon demonstrates the impact of strategic, well planned advocacy in eye health… The World Health Organization recently published the World Report on Vision. A sweeping document detailing the state of vision care on a global scale. The report indicates that globally there needs to be better accessibility and affordability…

“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,”…

Optometry for Australia

Organisation: Australian College of Optometry
I am very proud of the strong public health eye care services, education and vision research carried out by the Australian College of Optometry towards improving eye health outcomes for the communities we support. The ACO was established nearly 80 years ago and we carry out around 75,000 eye care consultations annually. ACO works towards…

Optometry for all

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…

Developing the building blocks of optometry

Many say capacity building is the engine of human development. We believe developing global capacity is about creating and enabling transformations that empower the individuals, as much as the communities they service. Today as we celebrate World Optometry Day, we encourage you to pause to reflect on the fact that optometry, as a profession, is…

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…

Eyeglasses Improve Quality of Life and Work Productivity

Organisation: VisionSpring
“I was always afraid that due to blurred vision I may lose my job,” confides Hafiza, a sewing machine operator in Bangladesh. “I would continue working even with minor injuries to my fingers caused by the needle.” Hafiza is not alone in her struggle to work with blurry vision. Globally, one-third of workers have uncorrected…

An optometrist’s role at the intersection of good vision and road safety

Global Executive Director
Organisation: Vision Impact Institute
On World Optometry Day, Kristan Gross on an optometrist’s role at the intersection of good vision and road safety. Today we mark World Day of Optometry and shine a spotlight on optometrists around the world who play a critical role in ensuring good vision for everyone — everywhere. When we address how quality vision care…

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…

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…