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The International Centre for Eye Health: weaving the global threads together

The VISION 2020 LINKS & Networks Programme has been writing regular articles in Eye News about its capacity-strengthening activities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for more than a decade. This, the first International Issue, is a landmark for Eye...

IN FOCUS - VISION 2020 LINKS Programme: the contribution of health partnerships to reduction in blindness worldwide

As other articles in this series (IN FOCUS Apr 2020) demonstrate, the year 2020 is highly significant in the eye care field. Naming a global initiative ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’ in 1999 was a daring way to focus...

Deadline approaching for Edinburgh scholarship applications

The University of Edinburgh has opened applications for scholarships to its two online courses, the MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology and the ChM in Clinical Ophthalmology.

Beliefs and adherence to glaucoma treatment

The aim of the study was to determine adherence rates and beliefs about glaucoma and its treatment in white Americans, African Americans, white Australians and Singaporeans of Chinese descent. A cross-sectional study of 475 glaucoma patients using topical eye drops...

Persistent anterior uveitis after cataract surgery

This retrospective cohort study was completed to help identify potential risk factors for developing persistent anterior uveitis (PAU) following uncomplicated cataract surgery in patients with no prior history of uveitis or autoimmune disease. A total of 3013 eyes (2019 patients)...

Ground-breaking achievements in blindness prevention

One small UK based charity is enabling pioneering research to prevent blindness in low and lower middle income countries. The British Council for Prevention of Blindness (BCPB), established in 1976, funds innovative research and training which seeds the development of...

South-South collaboration for the treatment of avoidable blindness in Botswana

This article describes the value of South-South collaboration in the reduction of avoidable blindness. Specifically it describes a South-South collaboration between India and Botswana that evolved out of the VISION 2020 LINK between Cambridge University Hospitals, two institutions in India...

Glaucoma 2023

To skip directly to features, click the links below: Welcome from the editor - Andrew Tatham A glance into the past: tracing the history of glacoma treatment - by Petya Popova, Amrita Vallabh Diagnosis of glaucoma in the community in...

More than six million treatments with AMARIS

The SCHWIND AMARIS product family proves to be a constant model for success in corneal surgery and continues to be in high demand worldwide. Around 1,200 AMARIS eximer lasers have been installed in 100 countries so far. Whether in Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania, Europe, North or South America: SCHWIND users have...

Development of retinoblastoma services in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe recognised the need for a paediatric ophthalmology service almost 20 years ago. The economic uncertainty in the country made it difficult to secure financial support, so initial funding came through local donors. Equipment – including vision charts, ophthalmoscopes and...

Eyecare education in times of COVID-19

A collaboration between the German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness (DKVB), Rukwa regional government in Tanzania and the University of St Andrews Global Health Team successfully delivered a hybrid teaching programme for ophthalmic nurses in Sumbawanga, south west Tanzania,...

The role of virtual Rb-NET Multidisciplinary Team meetings in the management of children with retinoblastoma in low- and middle-income countries

A selection of participants in an MDT meeting with Uganda. In 2017 the LINKS Programme developed a new network of LINKS to support and coordinate action against retinoblastoma (Rb) in response to requests from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), called...