Open Education – Online courses & resources for eye health
Eye care human resources face many constraints. Limited training facilities and faculty, not enough ophthalmologists and eye care teams, poorly distributed and isolated work forces. These are crucial challenges in low and middle-income countries where 90% of avoidable blindness is found
In response, the Open Education for Eye Health programme is developing a series of Open online courses in key topics in public health eye care. The courses are free to everyone to access and the course materials are published under a non-restrictive Creative Commons copyright license as Open Educational Resources (OERs).
How to use our eye health OER
Our Open approach aims to empower learners, educators, managers and leaders in eye health to build knowledge and skills in public health eye care and strengthen both clinical and teaching practice for the elimination of avoidable blindness.
- LEARN: Improve your eye health practice by participating in one of our Open courses and applying the learning.
- SHARE: Support eye health teaching and learning beyond the course by downloading the OER materials and sharing them with colleagues or the team.
- TEACH: Include the course content in local residency training or as part lifelong learning for professionals, or support our courses as a facilitator*
- IMPROVE: Advocate for life-long learning in your setting, create and contribute to the OER materials, send us feedback or adapt and re-use the OER in local training.
* requires public health and ophthalmic training
Sign up for an Open online course
Enrolments on our FutureLearn courses by country March 2016 – January 2019
Learn together with eye health professionals from different cadres, countries and contexts on our FutureLearn courses. Learn also from the lead educator and course facilitators – eye care experts from around the world who share their expertise and experiences in the comments and discussions.
Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity To Prevent Blindness
Understand the diabetes challenge and how health professionals can work with people with diabetes to prevent blindness. Learn the key facts about diabetic eye disease and its management, and how health teams and people with diabetes can work together to reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness.
- 2019 course dates: 20 May and 7 October – Sign up on FutureLearn
- Download the Open Educational Resources from this course
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.
2019 course dates: 3 June and 2 September – Sign up on FutureLearn
Content on this course is also provided in Spanish and Portuguese. A separate French course also runs at the same time: La Cécité dans le Monde: Planifier et Gérer les Services de Soins Oculaires.
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.
2019 course dates to be announced – Sign up on FutureLearn to stay informed
Open Study at LSHTM courses
Study our two ophthalmic epidemiology courses at a time and pace that suits you.
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.
Note that Global Blindness is also available for self-study on Open Study at LSHTM – enrol now.
More courses coming soon…
- Retinopathy of prematurity
Find out more
Watch our Open Education webinars
- 2018 ICEH Open Education webinar series on “Technology enhanced teaching and learning for health professionals”
View 3 webinars with ICEH and co-hosted with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), explores how health professionals around the world are increasingly using digital technologies to prepare for practice, keep their knowledge and skills updated and train others.
- 2017 ICEH Open Education webinar series
View 5 webinars with ICEH staff and Open Education experts from around the world exploring 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.
Stay in touch
- Be informed about new course releases, subscribe to the ICEH email list
- Send us feedback or find out more about collaboration opportunities – contact us at
Read our publications
- Open education in eye health: transforming access to learning
Comm Eye Health Vol. 30 No. 100 2018 pp 96-99.
- The benefits of taking ICEH Open Courses
IAPB Blog, November 8th 2017
- What do you need to know to set up CPD as a professional body?
Comm Eye Health Vol. 30 No. 97 2017 pp 11-13.
- Accessing good health information and resources
Comm Eye Health Vol. 30 No. 97 2017 pp 15-17.
- Open educational resources
Comm Eye Health Vol. 28 No. 90 2015 pp 34
Posters and presentations
- Assessing the impact of a global health MOOC OER
OE Global, Delft, 2018
- Open borders for eye health education
4th Human Resources for Health conference, Dublin, 2017
- Assessing the impact of the Global Blindness MOOC
LSHTM Education Day, 18th September 2017
- MOOCs in eye care: Do they work?
10GA conference, Cape Town, 2016
- Can we use Open Education to bridge the gaps in global eye care training?
10GA conference, Cape Town, 2016
- Using open education to strengthen global eye care: Strategic action and international collaboration
OER16 conference, Edinburgh, 2016
- Can OER help bridge the public health training gap in global eye care?
The 26th ICDE World Conference, Sun City, 2015
We gratefully acknowledge the support of partners, collaborators, course participants and funders:
- Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund
- The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust through the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium.
- International Coalition for Trachoma Control