the international centre for eye health

Improving Eye Health Worldwide



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improving eye health worldwide

A truly international research and education centre focused on improving global eye health

The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) works to improve vision and eye health worldwide, with a focus on low- and middle-income populations.

We are an academic centre and collaborative network of global eye health researchers and educators that work to deliver:

Research that translates impactfully into policy and practice

Education that equips and informs eye health leaders and personnel

Capacity Development that strengthens the workforce and catalyses system transformation

Knowledge Exchange providing a forum for sharing and debating ideas in global eye health

A woman in a yellow hijab uses a microscope during a surgical skills training day

What we do


An opthalmologist inspects a patient's eye with a slit lamp

ICEH research covers many areas of eye health, contibuting to the evidence base for improved vision globally. From assessing the magnitude of problems, to implementing solutions, we are there all the way.


Attendees of the ICEH short course stand smiling on the steps of the school

ICEH offer a range of courses, including a Master’s course in Public Health for Eye Care and a number of free, online courses. Since 1990 more than 30,000 people from over 190 countries have completed our courses.


A boy in a classroom smiles as he puts on glasses

The Community Eye Health Journal (CEHJ) is an essential resource for eyecare workers in lower and middle-income countries. It is a peer-reviewed, free-to-access in online and print, with nearly 60,000 copies distributed each year.

LINKS programme

Members of ICEH's LINKS Programme sit on a bench, joking with each other

At ICEH we manage the VISION LINKS Programme, which aims to build long-term partnerships between eye care institutions in the UK and lower and middle-income countries. Over 30 LINKS have been established.


A woman looks through a portable refractor

The Rapid Assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) is a rapid survey methodology developed at ICEH, and used to complete over 300 surveys of visual impairment and blindness to date internationally. 


Andrew Bastawrous of Peek Vision discusses an app with colleagues

Peek Vision is a social enterprise that provides technological solutions to eyecare services in lower and middle-income countries. Their solutions allow services to design and optimise their programmes with the data they create.

latest news

Supporting global eye health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly three months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, we are continuing to feel the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our partners and colleagues, and those working in the eye health community in general, are very much in our thoughts at this time…

The Community Eye Health Journal is now available via App

The Community Eye Health Journal is now available via a Mobile App! Free...

World Sight Day 2018 – Events from Alumna Jacquelyn O’Banion in Atlanta GA, USA

Top: Patients waiting to be screened. We had 200-300 patient arrive for a...

Blog from Esmael Habtamu Ali, PhD: Co-Lead Educator for Eliminating Trachoma MOOC

Esmael Habtamu Ali with patient during Trachoma field work in Ethiopia...

Blog from Dr Priya Morjaria: Co-Lead Educator for Global Blindness: Planning for Eye Care Services MOOC

School children in India Register for the Global Blindness course here:...

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