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Can Good Vision be a Catalyst For a More Equitable World?



Earlier this month we celebrated International Women’s Day. The theme, Balance for Better, highlights the importance of including women in the conversation about their wellbeing – health, education, economic opportunities,...

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Protecting the Eyes of Health Workers is Key to Protecting Lives



Over the past weeks, global discussions have addressed the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The topic of...

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New reports raise awareness of the massive global need for vision health services



Last month at the IAPB Council of Members meeting in Tanzania, I had the privilege of meeting and hearing an address by Dr Aubrey Webson , Ambassador to the...

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World Report on Vision | World Health Organization

Published in 2019 Key Highlights from Executive Summary: The global need for eye care is projected to increase dramatically in the coming decades posing a considerable challenge to health systems....

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Visual Impairment and Spectacle Coverage Rate in Baoshan District, China: Population-based Study

Key Highlights: This study was aimed at investigating the prevalence and risk factors of visual impairment associated with refractive error and the unmet need for spectacles in a special suburban...

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Prevalence and Causes of Blindness and Visual Impairment Among the Elderly in Rural Southern Harbin, China

Published in 2009 Key Highlights: The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence and causes of visual impairment(VI) and blindness by a population-based survey in an elderly rural...

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Ezell Fellowship Winner Combines Passion for Vision Care with Public Health



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...

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Bringing the Myopia Movement into Focus

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...

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The Future of Vision Care Will Require Reinvention



Over the past several weeks, the world has experienced what journalists and politicians (and even our friends) call the “new normal.” Homes have transformed into offices and classrooms, in-person...

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Road Safety and Good Vision Align in Colombia



The topic of vision and road safety took center stage earlier this month in Bogotá, Colombia, at an awareness raising event organized by Dr. Fanny Rivera Pinzon, local optometrist and...

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