Author Archives: Hugh Bassett

On the Death of Her Majesty the Queen

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We are very grateful for the considerable support that Her Majesty gave to addressing avoidable sight loss worldwide. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust supported the … Continue reading

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Children in low-income countries 16 times more likely to die from most common eye cancer

Children with the eye cancer retinoblastoma in a low-income country are at 16 times  higher risk of dying at any time within three years of diagnosis than those in high-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global … Continue reading

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Unequal eye care practices threaten sustainability across health care, study finds

Health care services are substantial contributors to national greenhouse gas emission totals, representing 10% in the USA, 7% in Australia, 5% in Canada and Japan, and 4% in the UK. Eye care, as a high-volume service, likely forms a substantial … Continue reading

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Diabetic Retinopathy Network Publishes Research compendium

ICEH’s Diabetic Retinopathy Network (DR-NET) has published a collection of research related to diabetic retinopathy programmes in Sub-Saharan African. The research has been created by members of the network working in screening and treatment programmes in Africa. The research questions … Continue reading

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ICEH Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year is ICEH’s 40th anniversary. Our centre started from humble beginnings: a single ophthalmologist committed to improving eye health worldwide through a new concept of ‘community eye health’. From a small team working on a shoestring to improve infectious … Continue reading

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Improving eye health essential to achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Testing intraocular pressure during community screening in Nigeria. Image: Gideon Okorie Improving access to good quality eye health services globally is a key enabler to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to overall health, poverty, … Continue reading

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New Equipment Guidelines for Blinding Child Disease Released

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a leading cause of preventable blindness in babies born prematurely. Infants born pre-term can experience disruption to the blood vessels at the back of the eye, leading to one in six babies with the condition … Continue reading

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Focus on: Retinoblastoma Network

The news regularly reports amazing new cancer treatments, promising life-saving and life-changing results for those affected by the myriad of different forms of the disease. Yet millions around the world are unable to receive even the most basic level of … Continue reading

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Laser donation prevents blindness in Dominica

The first patient being treated for diabetic retinopathy using the donated laser machine. Image: Hazel Shillingford Ricketts Laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy, a deteriorating eye condition caused by diabetes, has long been the standard of care in higher income countries. … Continue reading

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Latest generation of Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness eye health survey launches

A new and expanded version of the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey, developed at ICEH, has officially launched, following extensive development and testing with leading eye health sector organisations. RAAB7 is delivered digitally using bespoke technology and enables faster, more … Continue reading

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