70th World Health Assembly

Eyezone Blog-70th World Health Assembly-IAPB-2017

Member State Side Event

Towards Universal Eye Health: Taking stock of progress against the Global Action Plan – what’s working and where to from here?

Thursday 25 May 2017
12.30pm – 2.00pm
Room XXIV (24), Palais des Nations, Geneva

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be simultaneous translation in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. Read more

SAARC: From Darkness to Light

Eyezone Blog-Nepal Ophthalmic Society Logo
SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology Congress in Kathmandu 2018

Nepal Ophthalmic Society is hosting XIV SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal from 21st to 24th June 2018.

More than 1000 Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and other cadre of eye care professional from eight SAARC countries, experts and speakers from all over the world, are expected to participate in this ophthalmic scientific gathering taking place in Himalayan Nation.

The theme of this congress is identified as “From Darkness to Light”.

Source: IAPB News

World Council of Optometry marks 90 years advocacy

Eyezone Blog-WOC-90th anniversary
 World Council of Optometry

Originally founded in Cologne, Germany in 1927 as the International Optical League (Ligue Internationale d’optique), The World Council of Optometry (WCO) marked its 90th anniversary on March 7, 2017.

Headquartered at the American Optometric Association offices in St. Louis, Missouri, the WCO is the only global optometric body in official relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners with many eye care organizations which share the same goal of high-quality eye health and vision care being accessible to all people.

WCO serves in the development of optometry around the world and supports optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach worldwide.

The WCO collectively represents over 200,000 optometrists in almost 60 countries through over 200 affiliates, associate, corporate and individual memberships across six world regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Latin America and North America. Having a long history of worldwide leadership, past WCO presidents have come from countries all over the world including Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Norway, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States.

“Next to life itself is the gift of vision,” WCO President Uduak Udom explained. “The beauty all around, which just amazes us, comes through vision. Most of our learning comes through vision. For these and many more reasons, optometrists around the world are committed to the cause of a world where high-quality eye health and vision care is accessible to all people.”

WCO will be hosting the 2nd World Congress of Optometry to be held in Hyderabad, India from September 11-13, 2017, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) and the India Vision Institute (IVI). The central theme of the meeting, Accessible, Quality Vision and Eye Health complements the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan of Universal Eye Health with a goal of universal access to comprehensive eye care services.

Prominent retinal specialist to feature at Optrafair

Eyezone Blog-Prominent retinal specialist to feature at Optrafair
Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, 6 March 2017 — Eminent ophthalmologist, Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Queen’s University, Belfast, will feature on the main stage at Optrafair on Sunday, 2nd April at 11:45 am. Professor Chakravarthy is at the forefront of pioneering research including the NICOLA study, a long-term study looking at the effects of aging on the eyes which will help shape major government healthcare policies in the future.

“My lecture will explore how multimodal imaging can increase the optometrist’s diagnostic confidence and improve patient care through early disease identification” explains Professor Chakravarthy. “I will discuss the interpretation of retinal pathology using the latest fundus and OCT imaging techniques and how patients can be managed post-treatment in the community care setting.”

New optical business directory hits the web

Eyezone Blog-Optiguide launchKuwait: EYEZONE Magazine, the first optical magazine in the Middle East, has launched a comprehensive online directory called Eyezone Optiguide. It covers a whole gamut of data relevant in building optical business transactions such as a company’s basic info plus its overview, contact details, route maps, brand and product features, images, and videos, in addition to a plethora of upcoming optical shows and latest industry news. The directory has gone live on January 26, 2017 and can be accessed at www.optiguide.eyezonemag.com.

Aside from housing company basic portfolios and brand presentations, Eyezone Optiguide also publishes a chunkful of recent happenings within the optical market and are available in a straightforward, easy to use platform and search capabilities. The site serves as a helpful resource for companies in search for their ideal clients.

The listing is categorized as follows: frames and sunglasses, kids’ eyewear, ophthalmic lenses, clear and colored contact lenses, equipment, accessories, and decor. Moreover, the site offers an All In One Map for quick location-based lookup and a Help Center detailing the how-tos of the site. Eyezone Optiguide is also accessible on mobile devices and is surely promising to become a gold mine of optical business essentials worldwide.


SAO 4th Saudi Optometry Conference

The Saudi Association of Optometry (SAO) is conducting its 4th Saudi Optometry Conference to be held on March 21-23, 2017 at Burj Rafal Kempinski, Riyadh. Topics will include myopia control, research in eye care, advanced techniques, contact lenses (advanced), pediatric optometry, and low vision. To register, visit their website at http://www.sao.org.sa/. For inquiries, email info@sao.org.sa. 

EYEZONE Blog-Fourth Saudi Optometry Conference 2017

New initiative to fight sight loss, promote sight


Julian Jackson, founder of VisionBridge

As someone who lost his sight to retinitis pigmentosa, Julian Jackson (ex Senior Adviser to Fight for Sight) is passionate about promoting the science behind sight and introducing the extraordinarily pioneering and innovative world of eye research to patients, the public, and eye health professionals across the UK.

Julian has launched “VisionBridge“, a fully independent, not-for-profit organisation which is designed to promote eye research, raise awareness and understanding of sight loss, link patient feedback to junior doctors’ curriculum content and generate funds for a new restricted fund for translational research which will avoid the unnecessary overheads and running costs of a traditional charity fundraising model.

VisionBridge will not only provide expert speakers for talks and presentations across the UK but it will also offer expert advice to all media, link patients to researchers via workshops and panels, signpost corporate and private funders to a new restricted fund for translational research and support the UK Vision Strategy. None of VisionBridge‘s Speakers will be obliged to promote any specific charity but are welcome to accredit any funder that has or is currently supporting their research.

“The response from academic researchers, clinician scientists, clinicians, patients and a range of organisations active in the sight loss sector to the launch of VisionBridge has been hugely positive and I feel very encouraged by this,” Julian said.

For more information on how to support VisionBridge as a stakeholder and/or as a Speaker, please contact Julian Jackson on: julian@visionbridge.org.uk

Read more about VisionBridge in the upcoming issue of EYEZONE Magazine.

Massive overseas visitors turnout for WOF 2016

Eyezone-WOF-2016The recently concluded 14th Wenzhou Int’l. Optics Fair, China, also known as, WOF 2016, was met with great success. According to the organizers, the total on-site transaction reached 110 million, a 10% increase compared last year. During the three-day exhibition, over 14,160 professional buyers visited the fair including an estimate of 1,000 overseas visitors from India, Korea, US, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Japan, South Africa, the Philippines, Italy, Canada, etc. The number of foreign visitors inflated and exceeded last year’s count, totaling a 22.15% increase.

Eyezone-WOF-2016As one of the top three professional optical fairs in China, WOF 2016 occupied an exhibition area of 25,000 sqm which was expanded by 25% from last year. Over 400 exhibitors from Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Dongguan, Wuxi, Zhenjiang, Xingtai, Jiaxing, Taizhou, and Wenzhou appeared in the fair with exhibits covering finished glasses, equipment, raw materials, accessories, package, lens, etc. Potential buyers, along with thousands of professional buyers, attended the fair to arrange business deals and negotiations on-site.

Meanwhile, WOF also landed on the list of the 2016 Important International Exhibitions in Wenzhou, while winning in the Zhejiang Top 10 Brand Exhibitions.

Read the full report on WOF 2016 in the upcoming issue of EYEZONE Magazine.

Brien Holden Vision Institute keeps eyes on global myopia crisis


May 18, 2016: Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, a comprehensive continuing education training centre based in Kuwait, hosted a mini-conference magnifying public health optometry in a lecture conducted by distinguished educator, Director of Global Human Resource Development and Global Education at Brien Holden Vision Institute, Dr. Luigi Bilotto, OD MS. Sharing important insights in optometry, Dr. Bilotto summed up the Institute’s public vision health studies and projects, with primary focus on combating myopia in every continent around the world.

In 2008, Brien Holden Vision Institute supported, among others, Mzuzu University’s establishment of Malawi School of Optometry, which aims to tackle issues on avoidable blindness and vision impairment in disadvantaged communities in Southern Africa, targeting to eliminate blindness by 2020. The Institute conducted a global study while forecasting that 10 per cent of the world’s population will be at risk of blindness by 2050, with the hopes of appealing to and mobilizing the public to assist people who have limited access to eye care.

Dr. Bilotto also noted the Institute’s collaborative projects underway and potential joint activities with Eyezone Institute in the coming years to open new doors toward embracing the concept of continuing education across the region. The mini-conference ends with a light lunch buffet while Dr. Bilotto and the Eyezone team speak with some of Kuwait’s industry leaders and ECPs who attended the gathering.

For a detailed report on the event, keep up-to-date with EYEZONE Magazine‘s upcoming issues.

Photo Gallery

Eyezone Institute conducts training at AOU

Eyezone Institute conducts training at AOU

Eyezone-Institute-AOU-April 26, 2016

Eyezone Institute of Opticianry conducted a training session and lecture yesterday, April 26, 2016, at Arab Open University (AOU) Kuwait. The session was headed by Executive Director, Dr. Nezar Damati OD MDA CIPT, and Assistant Training Director, Dr. Moayad Al-Deek, MSc BSc Optom. Eyezone Institute of Opticianry will deliver Sales Courses in collaboration with AOU under its Continuing Education and Community Service Unit.


More photos: