The International Eye Foundation’s programs to address onchocerciasis are discussed in the just-published “RIVERBLINDNESS IN AFRICA: Taming the Lion’s Stare” by Bruce Benton.

The late James Wolfensohn, who headed the World Bank, wrote the forward highlighting the role the Bank played in creating a coalition of stakeholders to eliminate onchocerciasis. This ancient scourge left people blind in the 30’s and 40’s, their most productive years.

World Sight Day 2020 Congressional Briefing Recording Now Available

The World Sight Day annual Vision 2020 USA sponsored briefing held on October 8 was a great success! The recording of the event is now available.

IEF receives the Novartis eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA)

This year, IEF was one of 12 organizations to receive the Novartis eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA). Reviewers select programs that align with XOVA’s mission to have a significant impact on unmet needs.

USAID Request for Applications Child Blindness Program

USAID's Child Blindness Program (USAID's CBP) is now accepting applications for Grant Round 3 Phase I - Letter of Interest (LOI).

World Sight Day October 8, 2020

World Sight Day is October 8, and the annual Vision 2020 USA sponsored briefing will be held virtually from 11 am to 12 pm, and the speakers are fantastic!

VISION 2020 and Me: Victoria Sheffield

Victoria Sheffield is IAPB’s Vice-President. She headed International Eye Foundation for many years and played a key role in launching VISION 2020. Victoria discusses some of the achievements of VISION 2020 in this ‘Vision Excellence‘ blog series to mark the end of VISION 2020.

Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit - Register Today!

IEF is a proud sponsor of the Prevent Blindness 9th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit! This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, as a free virtual event. The Summit will include a variety of presentations related to this year’s theme, "An Eye to the Future.”

Statement by Victoria M. Sheffield, President & CEO

I am retiring on 30 June 2020 after 30 years and one month as President & CEO of the International Eye Foundation (IEF) founded in 1961.

IEF COVID-19 Statement

Dear friends and supporters:

Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the International Eye Foundation (IEF) is following closely the guidance from CDC, and the national, state and local authorities. IEF has adopted a “work-from-home” policy through April 30, 2020, when we will re-evaluate.

IEF President & IAPB Vice-President Victoria Sheffield shares the recent IAPB Pivotal Eye Health Resolution by WHO Executive Board

International Eye Foundation (IEF) President and IAPB Vice President, Victoria Sheffield shares IAPB’s new Eye Health Resolution endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board. In the article posted on, the resolution that aims to tackle the rising rates of vision impairment and blindness is discussed.  Ms. Sheffield notes that “the global eye health community is excited about WHO’s emphasis on eye health and looks forward to endorsement by the entire WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in May.”