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.”

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…