Open Education for Eye Care (free online courses)

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Bridging the training gap in eye care

Eye care human resources faces many challenges. Limited training facilities and faculty, not enough ophthalmologists and eye care teams, poorly distributed and isolated workforces. This is a central challenge, in low and middle-income countries, where 90% of avoidable blindness is found.

To address this challenge, the ICEH Open Education for eye care programme is developing a series of online courses in key topics in public health eye care. All the courses are free to access and the course materials are published as Open Educational Resources (OERs) under a non-restrictive copyright license called Creative Commons. This means that all the course content be legally downloaded, adapted and shared by eye care clinicians, educators and learners.

Examples of ICEH OERs

Examples of our Open Educational Resources – materials from our free online courses

2017 ICEH Open Education webinar series

ICEH staff  and Open Education  experts from around the world explore how eye health educators can use digital communication technologies to innovate and improve teaching practice and address some of big challenges facing human resources development  and global eye care training. View the webinars, download transcripts and presentation ppts 

Free online courses

ICEH makes its free online courses available as cohort courses through FutureLearn and for self study at any time through LSHTM Open Study.

Eliminating trachoma

Discover how communities and experts are joining together to end trachoma disease across 42 endemic countries by the year 2020.
This course is aimed at the personnel implementing and managing trachoma programmes at a district and community level. It provides insights from stakeholders, experts and professionals as they share their experiences of their successes and challenges of eliminating blinding trachoma.


Global blindness: Planning and managing eye care services

Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care.
Learn about the WHO definitions of visual acuity, the burden of visual impairment, the Global Action Plan and explore the key management strategies for cataract and refractive error services. Discover how principles of planning can be applied to address local eye care needs.


Ophthalmic epidemiology 1. Basic principles

Learn the key features and examine the uses of the main epidemiology study types for eye care.
Understand the key concepts of prevalence and incidence, explore the causes and distribution of visual impairment in populations, learn about key epidemiological study designs and assess their strengths and limitations for studying eye disease.

Ophthalmic epidemiology 2. Application to eye disease

Learn the key features, and examine the uses, of epidemiology for eye care.
Critically analyse the different features of the main epidemiological study designs and discover how they are used to address different research questions in eye health

More courses coming soon…

  • Diabetic eye disease: Understanding the patient journey (Autumn 2017)
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (2018)
  • Glaucoma (2019)

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