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International Blindness Prevention award

Professor Clare Gilbert, Co-Director of the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) and Professor of International Eye Health has been presented with the prestigious International Blindness Prevention award.

Professor Clare Gilbert

This annual award, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the prevention of blindness or restoration of sight worldwide, recognises Professor Gilbert‘s work in the prevention of childhood blindness in low and middle income countries.

Her research career has had a major impact on policies and programmes for the prevention and treatment of blindness in children worldwide.  Examples of her key studies include a nationwide study in Bangladesh that identified cataract as responsible for a third of childhood blindness and studies demonstrating that there is a  “third epidemic” of blindness caused by retinopathy of prematurity (an eye disease that affects premature babies) in middle income countries. She is also a clinical consultant  to Sightsavers, a UK based non-government organization that supports eye health programmes in developing countries in Asia and Africa.

The award is given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  They are the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, with more than 30,000 members including 7,000 international members.  The ceremony took place in Orlando, Florida.

For further information about Professor Gilbert and her achievements please click here.

Submitted by Samantha Fox.

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