About us

An eye care worker wearing a SAFE promotion T shirt examines eyes for trachoma in Nepal.  Photo: Anthony Solomon

How ICEH helps to eliminate avoidable blindness

The International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) works to improve eye health and eliminate avoidable visual impairment and blindness with a focus on low-income populations.

Established in 1980, we’re based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and led by Professors Allen Foster and Clare Gilbert.

What ICEH does

With members of staff who are advisors or consultants to NGOs, we’re rooted in the reality of eye care in the developing world. Our work responds to on-the-ground needs and supports the delivery of eye care services.

We believe that our research and educational programme has helped make a major contribution to the reduction of avoidable blindness. Our activities include:

  • Developing policy
  • Providing evidence for programme planning and advocacy
  • Sensitising key stakeholders and professionals
  • Developing and building capacity through our links programme
  • Working with and supporting young researchers
  • Developing partnerships for research
  • Training leaders in the prevention of blindness

We also have strong links with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

VISION 2020: the Right to Sight

Our work supports this global initiative, which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness.

Find out more about VISION 2020

Our structure

ICEH is part of The Disability and Eye Health Group, which in turn is part of a wider group of researchers whose work relates to other disabilities. This School-wide group is called the International Centre of Evidence in Disability (ICED)

ICEH history

ICEH was established by Professor Barrie Jones at the Institute of Ophthalmology, and subsequently directed by Professor Gordon Johnson until he retired in 2002.

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Image credit:  An eye care worker wearing a SAFE promotion T shirt examines eyes for trachoma in Nepal. Anthony Solomon/LSHTM


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