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.”

IEF President & IAPB Vice-President Victoria Sheffield featured in IAPB 2019 in Review: Transition to 2020

International Eye Foundation (IEF) President and IAPB Vice President, Victoria Sheffield was recently featured in IAPB's Year in Review for 2019. In the article posted on, Victoria took a moment to share her thoughts on her time spent with VISION2020.

IEF Heads to Capitol Hill for World Sight Day 2019

World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications day in the eye health calendar. In honor of World Sight Day, IEF, a founding member of VISION2020/USA, is again co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 17th to raise awareness and advocate for more resources for eye health from our Congressional leaders.

IEF Supports 2019 Vision and Eye Health Campaign

IEF is proud to announce that we recently worked with Health Awareness on the 2019 Vision and Eye Health campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper and the content is available online at and is also available in an online printable version here. The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices about the importance of eye health and how to safeguard your sight.

International Women's Day 2019

On International Women’s Day, Victoria Sheffield,  President & CEO, International Eye Foundation and Vice President, IAPB reminisces on her journey in eye care…

Vision 2020/USA with Leading Vision and Eye Health Groups Urge U.S. Surgeon General to Issue Call to Action for the Year 2020

- Coalition Drafts Letter to Jerome M. Adams M.D., U.S. Surgeon General, to Help Lead the Charge to Improving Vision Programs, Access to Care, and More -

Universal Children’s Day: USAID Child Blindness Program and International Eye Foundation

A child’s eye is not simply a small adult eye.  The structures are tighter and special instruments are needed to examine or perform surgery on a child’s eye, especially a newborn baby’s eye.  Children who need eye surgery usually need general anesthesia because asking a child to lay very still for an hour simply doesn’t work.  Pediatric ophthalmologists are somewhat of a rare breed and clinic staff who care for infants and children with eye disease need special training, technology, and a lot of patience.  We cannot always help in the “patience” department, but we certainly can support specialty training and technology.

Robert Middlebrooks quoted in article, The Benchmark for Giving

Article by Gabriel Sanchez.

With so much need in this world, it’s no wonder that many good-hearted people want to do what they can to help. Some folks volunteer their time and talent, but not everyone can do that. Others donate clothing, food, and supplies, but there’s always the problem of getting the goods to the people who need them most.

Integrative Sciences LLC, International Eye Foundation, and DSA Global Partners Win Bid Manage USAID Child Blindness Program

The International Eye Foundation (IEF) with prime contractor Integrative Sciences (IntSci) and subcontractor DSA Global Partners (DSA), has been awarded the contract to implement the Child Blindness Program (CBP) on behalf of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) over the next five years 2018-2023.