#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

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

Working on a global mission to improve children’s eyesight

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Four years ago, Essilor, the market leader in ophthalmic optics with the mission to improve lives by improving sight, created dedicated teams to reach the 2.5 billion people across the globe who don’t have access to the vision correction they need. Since then, Essilor has launched and scaled-up new inclusive business models and deployed many non-profit initiatives to improve access to vision care in developing (and developed) nations. Read more

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

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.

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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.

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Myopia crisis needs optometrists to take the lead

Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, speaks at the 100 Percent Optical Trade Show, Excel London, 2016.
Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, speaks at the 100 Percent Optical Trade Show, Excel London, 2016.

Profession is the catalyst for change according to Professor Kovin Naidoo.

It was standing room only at the Main Stage as Professor Kovin Naidoo opened the 100% Optical 2016 Conference Programme on Saturdaymorning.

Professor Naidoo called the optometry community to action, urging them to tackle the growing problem of myopia, which could see 50% of the population visually impaired by 2050.

“We have to respond as a profession now,” said Professor Naidoo. “Otherwise we’re risking a future public health crisis and severely limiting our capacity to say that optometry is relevant and up to modern challenges.”

He also went on to stress that the myopia challenge needs a co-ordinated approach, with optometrists working to promote education for parents and children around the condition, not just their own practices and services.

“It’s only by working together that we can address this challenge and hit our target of reaching 50 million children by 2020, both in developed and developing countries,” continued Professor Naidoo. “That’s why we’ve set up Our Children’s Vision and partnered with organisations like Brien Holden Vision and Essilor. Optometrists are the gateway to getting the NHS, NGOs and governments to take notice and work with us to change a future where 50% of the population could be visually impaired.”

For more information, including access to the latest research and more for Professor Naidoo, visit ourchildrensvision.org