Keeping your eyes healthy this holiday

Seasons greetings! As the weather gets colder everyone gets busy. Your eyes have to last you a lifetime, so taking care of them is incredibly important. Your lifestyle can cause significant strain on your eye health and can have a harmful effect on your sight, especially as you grow older. Here are some Tips to take good care of your eye health…
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#KidsTakeOver Universal Children’s Day 2017

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Every 20th of November, the United Nations promotes international togetherness in spreading awareness among children worldwide and improving children’s welfare with the Universal Children’s Day. Celebrated since 1990, it is the date the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, as well as, the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Read more

Brien Holden Vision Institute and Eyezone Institute-Kuwait conduct slit lamp training in Jordan

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Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, in collaboration with Brien Holden Vision Institute, orchestrated a two-day slit lamp skills training session held on November 16-17, 2017 at the Jordan Optometric Syndicate, Amman. The team of Eyezone Institute faculty members namely, Dr. Nezar Damati (Executive Director) and Mr. Moayad Al Deek (Assistant Training Director), covered various topics, such as, setting up of the slit lamp, patient and illumination system, examining the eye, as well as, hands-on workshop sessions where the trainees were able to examine patients, among others. Read more

Our children’s vision counts

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This day marks World Sight Day, and organizations from all corners of the optical industry around the world gather to make their voices count. World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of global awareness on blindness and vision impairment co-ordinated by IAPB under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative.

Based on a new global data report published by IAPB Vision Atlas, 253 million people are visually impaired while 89% of these people live in low- and middle-income countries. Moreover, localised and restricted environment in marginalized communities, such as ill-planned infrastructure and technological barriers, confers eye health challenges to children.  Read more

New interactive course for optometrists to launch in Kuwait

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Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, in collaboration with Brien Holden Vision Institute, is initiating a specialized refraction standardisation training in Kuwait. The ‘Refraction Standardisation Course’ is designed to refresh optometrists’ skills and knowledge in conducting refraction and prescribing spectacles. This three-month training program involves face-to-face workshop (theoretical and practical), supervised practice, theory and competency exams, as well as, practical sessions led by Eyezone Institute faculty, side by side guest trainers from Brien Holden Vision Institute. Classes will open on July 15, 2017. For registration or inquiry, visit Eyezone Institute’s website or call 22204300.


Saudi Ophthalmology Award to Kovin Naidoo for work in childhood blindness and cataract

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Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute has been awarded the distinguished Prevention of Blindness (POB) Shield Lecture award.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 1, 2017 — The Prevention of Blindness (POB) Shield Lecture award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the prevention of blindness and vision impairment in their country or globally. The lecture is a feature of the internationally recognized event, supported by the Saudi Ophthalmology Society, which attracts over 1,500 attendees each year. As the awardee, Prof. Naidoo presented on his novel research and public health optometry work. Read more

Workshop fosters trainers skills

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Eyezone Institute faculty members, Dr. Nezar Damati, Mr. Moayad Al-Deek, and Ms. Enas Musa, attended the two-day intensive EyeTeach© workshop, an initiative conducted by Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy, which utilizes the “train-the-trainer” model of coaching and mentoring of education professionals.

Held on April 4-5, 2017 at Amity University, Gurgaon, India, the workshop was facilitated by India Vision Institute (IVI), a not-for-profit registered trust jointly carried out by LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad and Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney.

Advancing optometry education in the Middle East and North Africa

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Islamabad, Pakistan, 20 April 2017: Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy, Australia, and Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, Kuwait, sealed a long-term partnership to drive the common goal of “increasing the delivery of optometry education in Middle Eastern and North African regions”.

Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy, a global leader in eye care services, education, and training, believes that “education and training are the only way to build the capacity necessary to affect change by increasing the global optometric workforce”. The Academy aims for effective and sustainable global eye health, hand in hand with Eyezone Institute, a Kuwait-based training center delivering continuing professional education in optical sciences, as well as, advanced soft skills courses across the region.

Sumrana Yasmin, Regional Director, Southeast Asia and Eastern Mediterranean, Brien Holden Vision Institute, spoke with excitement about the new joint venture. “I greatly believe in drawing on new collaborations and strategies which can elevate the current situation to new heights of progress and success – I am very pleased about this new partnership as I know our new colleagues are committed to the evolution of eye health for our region,” she said. The venture seeks to extend a shared reach through eye health and optometric education to benefit prospective students and eye care professionals.

By initially integrating established curriculum and methodologies from Brien Holden Vision Institute, the venture promises quality optometric education for eye care professionals attending Eyezone Institute. Faculty members at the Institute will undergo training by the Academy’s education experts across all aspects of delivering the educational programs, including advice on curriculum, working to enhance infrastructure, and providing educational resources.

Mr. Ali Bandoor, CEO, Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, when speaking about the partnership, said: “Eyezone Institute’s mission is to develop first class training modules and methodologies tailor-made to benefit the various sectors of the optical industry. Our new joint venture with Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy comes at an opportune time and we are very excited at the new possibilities and wealth of knowledge possible with this alliance.”

The collaboration will also address the rapidly evolving optical technologies through the delivery of cutting-edge courses, both face-to-face and online, offering a broader perspective and evidence-based curriculum from Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Stronger together for our children

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In observance of World Sight Day 2016, Our Children’s Vision, in collaboration with Eyezone Institute of Opticianry, joined hands to raise awareness of vision impairment worldwide. Following IAPB‘s lead of the call to action, #StrongerTogether, Our Children’s Vision demonstrates that their partners have a common goal and are committed to working together to achieve it. The feature video includes great comments from some of the global leaders in optical education, research, and health initiatives: Peter Ackland, Maureen Cavanagh, Susan Cooper, Clive Miller, Howard Purcell, Kovin Naidoo, Amanda Davis, Kim Schuy, and Jayanth Bhuvaraghan.

The message was passed across various social media platforms of Our Children’s Vision and Eyezone Institute. Check out some highlights of the campaign posts.


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WSD: Stronger together

EYEZONE Blog-World Sight Day 2016World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.

2016 is the fourth year of the WHO Global Action Plan and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an umbrella organisation that conducts international efforts and mobilizes resources for blindness prevention activities, encourages its members and partners to continue with its rolling theme which is Universal Eye Health.

This year, the ‘Call to Action’ for World Sight Day is Stronger Together.

WSD is co-ordinated by IAPB under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. The theme and certain core materials are generated by IAPB. All events are organised independently by members and supporter organisations.

Source:  IAPB