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Posted on July 15, 2019

This month in New York, the High-Level Political Forum, convened by the Economic and Social Council, takes place over a ten-day period. More than 2,000 participants including ministers, business and civil society leaders will rally to review progress on six of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I was struck by the fact that prioritizing […]

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Posted on July 08, 2019

Afua Asare sees the big picture when it comes to ensuring good vision for all. Through her research, she is investigating how vision care fits into the broader public health discussion and how costs and socioeconomic status impact an individual’s ability to receive care. The University of Toronto Ph.D. candidate is the 2019 Vision Impact […]

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Posted on June 07, 2019

“As I reflect on the past six months of 2019, I’m deeply inspired by the movement that is building to create a world where everyone can see well. Whether it’s legislators advancing the cause of children’s vision or the researcher investigating a vision trend to reveal groundbreaking insights, one thing is clear: change is underway. […]

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Posted on May 24, 2019

May 25 marks this year’s Africa Day, a day that celebrates unity across the continent. When it comes to driving a united effort around access to vision in Africa, EYElliance is one organization doing just that. We recently talked with Liz Smith, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, to learn more about EYElliance’s journey to address the […]

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Posted on May 13, 2019

Today, the New Jersey State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 4310. The bill requires children, age six and younger, who are entering a public preschool, public school, or a Head Start Program for the first time, to have a comprehensive eye examination by January 1 of the child’s first year of enrollment in the school or […]

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Posted on May 08, 2019
Today there is a myopia movement happening. A quick Google search reveals that discussions about visual myopia as a public health issue arrived on the scene in 2005, yet until recently, it remained an issue without a cause. Key research highlights that the global prevalence of myopia is continuing to rise to crisis levels as we approach 2050, but why does this research matter? What does it really mean – the myopia epidemic – and why do we need a movement to change the direction our world’s vision is heading

Recently, the word myopia has become a significant buzzword for media on topics ranging anywhere from global politics and finance to education and eyesight. For years, the term myopia might only have been something you heard from your eye doctor when you or your family member were experiencing blurry distance vision. The doctor probably prescribed […]

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