China: 5-year National Plan for Eye Health adopted

December 21st, 2016 posted by IAPB in Advocacy, Blog, Cataract, China, financing, Funding, Health Systems, Integration, ophthalmology, Optometry, Refractive errors, WHO

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission presented a new 5-year National Plan for Eye Health in late October, which calls on government agencies and partners to work together and extend action in the lead-up to the 2020. The plan is a product of extensive consultation and drafting by key experts active in blindness prevention…Continue reading: China: 5-year National Plan for Eye Health adopted »

Myopia: half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

February 17th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, China, Global, Health Systems, Optometry, Refractive errors, Singapore

Researchers estimate that 49.8 per cent of the world’s population, nearly five billion people, will be short-sighted by 2050. Up to one-fifth of them will be at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue. The rapid increase of myopia and high myopia is widely considered to be largely driven by people spending…Continue reading: Myopia: half the world to be short-sighted by 2050 »

Guide for health workers to tackle diabetic blindness

January 29th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Global, Health Systems, Low Vision, Optometry, Universal Eye Health

One third of people with diabetes will develop eye damage in their life time. Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind with diabetic retinopathy, however vision can be avoided. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and The Fred Hollows Foundation joined forces to develop a Guide to help health professionals care for the…Continue reading: Guide for health workers to tackle diabetic blindness »

New device to detect signs of blindness

January 25th, 2016 posted by IAPB in Blog, Diabetic Retinopathy, Innovation, ophthalmology, Optometry, Pacific Islands, Universal Eye Health

Solar powered, easy-to-use and pocket-sized, the Arclight is a tool to make out-reach or screening programs easier. Priced as low as £5 per unit, the Arclight performs as well as traditional devices.  After four years of informal trials in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi and Australia; plus a formal research assessment at the International Centre for Eye Health in London,…Continue reading: New device to detect signs of blindness »

Study in China: Courses now open at He University

October 30th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, China, Optometry, Training

He University, a member of IAPB, is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and researching, and to developing leaders in many disciplines – including medicine and eye health. He University was established in 1999 in Shenyang, Lioaning province of China. The university has an enrolment of more than 8,000 students in schools of Medicine, Nursing,…Continue reading: Study in China: Courses now open at He University »

Samoa: Optometrist awarded for leadership

January 14th, 2015 posted by IAPB in Blog, Low Vision, Optometry, Pacific Islands, Samoa

Erna Takazawa, an optometrist in Samoa, has been honoured by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust for leadership. The Trust is a member of IAPB and is also supporting work to eliminate blinding trachoma and improve management of diabetes in countries across the Commonwealth. Erna Takazawa, 26, is one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth…Continue reading: Samoa: Optometrist awarded for leadership »