VISION 2020 and Me: Victoria Sheffield

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

Victoria Sheffield is IAPB’s Vice-President. She headed International Eye Foundation for many years and played a key role in launching VISION 2020. Victoria discusses some of the achievements of VISION 2020 in this ‘Vision Excellence‘ blog series to mark the end of VISION 2020. What was VISION 2020’s impact on eye care and service delivery?…

Why Family History Matters

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Organisation: University of Maryland School of Medicine

For World Glaucoma Week, Mona Kaleem on why family history matters with glaucoma… I began taking care of glaucoma patients well before I even decided on a career in the medical field. My first patient was my grandmother, a woman who had been widowed young and left to raise three children on her own. She overcame…

Advancing Glaucoma Care in Southern Haiti

Treasurer, VOSH International and President, VOSH PA
Organisation: VOSH International
For World Glaucoma Week, Mark S. Rakoczy on advancing glaucoma care in Southern Haiti... The sights and sounds that stick with me the most are the ones that keep me up at night as an optometrist. An elderly gentleman, shuffling his way into our eye clinic on the arm of his daughter.  As he reaches for…

The Association of Caribbean Glaucoma Surgeons (ACGS): focusing the spotlight on glaucoma in the Caribbean

Lecturer in Ophthalmology, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago
Organisation: The University of the West Indies
For World Glaucoma Week, Desiree Murray on formation of the Association of Caribbean Glaucoma Surgeons ... For World Glaucoma Week 2018, my blog highlighted the challenges in preventing blindness and visual impairment from glaucoma in Trinidad and Tobago [1]. These include a lack of awareness in the community and health provider inattention, which result in suboptimal…

Prevent Blindness calls for nominations and applications for two awards

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

Prevent Blindness is inviting nominations for two awards. Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award:    The Prevent Blindness Rising Visionary Award is presented annually to an optometry student or resident, ophthalmology resident, or other health care professional student or resident in the United States who has the best essay based on the 2020 Focus on Eye…

VISION 2020 USA Meets US Surgeon General

Chair, Vision 2020 USA

On June 13, 2019, Vision 2020 USA and a team of eye care experts met with the U.S. Surgeon General to further discuss a Call to Action. The group included experts representing Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Optometric Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois College of Optometry,…

Vision 2020 USA to hold Annual World Sight Day Briefing on Oct. 17, 2019

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

As part of World Sight Day events, on Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019, Vision 2020 USA will be holding an educational luncheon briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building, 2075 from noon to 1 p.m. According to Prevent Blindness, by 2050, the impaired and blind populations are projected to reach 7.3 million (2.4 times higher than…

27th Annual VOSH Meeting: Confronting Humanitarian Imperatives and Efforts of Global Eye Care and Vision Crisis

Communications/PR Chair
Organisation: VOSH/International

REGISTER NOW FOR THE VOSH EVENT OF THE YEAR IN ORLANDO FLORIDA INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION AT https://vosh.org/get-involved/annual-meetings/ With the American Academy of Optometrists 2019 Annual Meeting and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry joining together October 23-27 in Orlando, Florida, the VOSH/International Annual Meeting also comes to Orlando on October 27. The largest optometric all-volunteer…

Haitian Nurses Find Vision in Primary Eye Care

Programs Director
Organisation: CharityVision

In the most tumultuous and poverty-stricken country in the Western Hemisphere, maintaining hope and vision for life can be a challenge. Because of chronic political and economic instability, an incredible two-thirds of Haiti’s labor force is without a stable job, forcing the majority of the population to struggle and fail to make even basic ends…

Vacancy: Chief Global Officer

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

SightLife is seeking an experienced Chief Global Officer (CGO). The global health organization is looking for a chief global officer capable of maintaining their status as the world leader in addressing corneal blindness in an ever-changing landscape, not only with a proven track record of health systems development in low and middle income countries, but…

VISION 2020 USA Urges US Surgeon General to Issue Call to Action for 2020

Program Manager
Organisation: International Eye Foundation / VISION 2020 USA

VISION 2020 USA Urges US Surgeon General to Issue Call to Action for 2020. Coalition Drafts Letter to Jerome M. Adams M.D., U.S. Surgeon General, to Help Lead the Charge to Improving Vision Programmes, Access to Care, and More.  Vision 2020/USA, along with allied organizations dedicated to improving vision and eye health in the United States,…

Tele-Ophthalmology and Artificial Intelligence Conference Proceedings: Videos

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Health Management,
College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Columbia University
Organisation: Edward S Harkness Eye Institute

On April 6, 2018 in New York City, the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University Medical Center hosted an inaugural Tele-Ophthalmology and Artificial Intelligence Conference. Speakers for the event hailed from the UK, the USA, Brazil, Canada and India. Presentations were divided into six sessions: An Introduction to Tele-Medicine and Tele-Ophthalmology, Research and…

Prevent Blindness Launches Center for Vision and Population 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

Prevent Blindness officially launches its new Center for Vision and Population Health (CVPH) to serve as a national coordinating body (for United States) for effective practices, state-level technical assistance, and programmatic interventions. The launch of the Center aligns with an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology (JAMA-O).  Co-authored by Jeff Todd,…

Call for Nominations for 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public 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

Prevent Blindness invites nominations for the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health. The Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health is presented annually to an individual, team, or organisation that has made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision and eye health at…

Ophthalmology Residents and Staff at Universities Across Canada Sweat for Sight

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 Vancouver, BC – October 11, 2018: This World Sight Day, ophthalmology residents and department staff at four universities across the country will Sweat for Sight and compete to raise money and awareness for Seva Canada’s eye care programmes in low-income countries. World Sight Day, the annual day of awareness to focus global attention…

Investigating and addressing vision-related problems in high-poverty schools

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Fellowship Program Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Krieger Children’s Eye Center
Organisation: Wilmer Eye Institute

The Johns Hopkins University School-Based Eye Care Team recently won Prevent Blindness’s Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health. The team was selected for the award for their work investigating and addressing vision-related problems in high-poverty schools. Megan Collins writes on their work… Most children who fail vision screenings have refractive error that is…

2018 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award – Call for Nominations

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 National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is pleased to announce the call for nominations for its fourth annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award! The Award recognizes significant efforts by an individual, or group of individuals, to improve public health approaches for children’s vision at the state or…

2018 Focus on Eye Health National Summit

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

Prevent Blindness will host the seventh annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit on July 18, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A series of presentations will be conducted in relation to this year’s Summit theme “Research to Impact: Honoring 50 Years of the National Eye Institute.” …

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…