Author Archives: Hugh Bassett

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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Defining eye health for everyone

Having a strong definition of what you’re trying to work towards can make the process easier. This is true of eye health, where the systems that contribute to impaired vision, and those that can help to improve it, are complex. … Continue reading

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Laser treatment could significantly improve glaucoma care in Africa, potentially at no extra cost

A doctor performs an SLT treatment on a patient with glaucoma in Tanzania Photograph: Heiko Philippin Laser treatment has the potential to transform the management of glaucoma in Africa, and to prevent more people from going irreversibly blind, particularly in … Continue reading

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Inexpensive, readily available treatment for fungal keratitis shows promise in Africa

Dr Abel Ebong, one of the registrars at Mbarara University tertiary eye hospital in Uganda administers Chlorhexidine eye drops to a patient with Fungal Keratitis A new treatment option for a potentially blinding disease has shown promise in a sub-study … Continue reading

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United Nations Passes First Resolution to Tackle Preventable Sight Loss

The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine joins the eye health community in celebrating the passing of the first United Nations resolution on preventable sight loss. All 193 countries of the … Continue reading

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