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

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.

 

Here comes the sun, keep your eyes safe

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July is UV Safety Month

UV radiation can damage your eyes as well as your skin. Studies suggest that overexposure to UV radiation can cause eye cataracts, eye damage, and suppression of the immune system, in general. May they be your family, friends, or colleagues – everyone is equally at risk for eye damage due to overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

The sun’s UV rays can burn the cornea of your eyes, which can result in cataracts that may ultimately cause blindness. Even short periods of exposure can lead to serious damage. Read more

Is your optometrist ready for the AI-future on its way?

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For many it’s a simple choice – if you have problems with your eyesight, see an optometrist. As we get older, most of us will probably need glasses, particularly for those that spent most of the working life hunched over a computer all day long. But this once seemingly straightforward profession of optometry is changing, rapidly. And these changes which are coming to the field of optometry may very well signal things to come in other areas of health service as well. Read more

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.

SAARC: From Darkness to Light

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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

Vision loss linked to depression

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Many studies show that some people with low vision are at risk of depression. 

The theme of World Health Day 2017 is depression. Various studies conducted by ophthalmologists and researchers show that adults with vision loss were 90 percent more likely to have clinical symptoms of major depression. In addition, they specified that the connection between vision loss and depression is likely to be “bidirectional,” with the disability worsening depression and depression exacerbating disability.

“Improved access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of depression by eye care professionals and primary care providers may help to reduce the burden of depression-related excess disability and improve the quality of life among people with vision loss,” they noted.

Source: NCBI

World Council of Optometry marks 90 years advocacy

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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.

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