the international centre for eye health

Improving Eye Health Worldwide



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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, contributing 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 many free, online courses. Since 1990 more than 30,000 people from over 190 countries have taken 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 low and middle-income countries. It is a peer-reviewed, free-to-access online and in print, with 20,000 readers worldwide.

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 coordinates long-term capacity-building partnerships and networks in low and middle-income countries, with support from UK institutions. 


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 vision impairment and blindness in 81 countries. 


Andrew Bastawrous of Peek Vision discusses an app with colleagues

Peek Vision is a social enterprise that develops technological solutions to eye care services in low and middle-income countries. These solutions allow services to design and optimise their programmes with the data they create.

lancet commission

ICEH co-chairs the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020

Eye health has profound implications for many aspects of life, health, sustainable development, and the economy. Yet many people continue to suffer the consequences of poor access to high-quality, affordable eye care, leading to vision impairment and blindness. This Commission harnesses lessons learned from over two decades to provide a thorough understanding of rapid developments in the field. This report charts a path forward for eye health beyond 2020, working towards a world without avoidable vision loss and where people with existing vision impairment are included and cared for.

The Commission is authored by 73 leading experts from 25 countries, and is co-chaired by Professor Matthew Burton, Director of ICEH, and Professor Hannah Faal, Professor of International Eye health at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Twenty of the Commissioners are ICEH academic staff members, who contributed to many different aspects.

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