IEF to make select vision centers in India technology-enabled

International Eye Foundation (IEF), USA is working with its seven partners in India to improve the technological capabilities of their select 20 vision centers. This is part of their mission to expand the scope of eye care services at the grassroot level. The project is supported by ALCON Foundation, CSR arm of ALCON, a global leader in eye care. The vision center enhancement program will be carried out over a period of three years.

World Sight Day Congressional Briefing 2022

“Building stronger systems to advance health equity in pediatric eye care: A call to action from a doctor & parent.”

2021 World Sight Day

Please join us for the:



October 14, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT  

Title: Diversity, Access and Eye Care: Concepts and Clinical Realities

IEF Haiti Earthquake Crisis Update September 2021

Update from IEF President, John Barrows

As of September 7th, an update was released from OCHA regarding the rebuilding stemming from the destruction left by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti.

Here is a recap of the event and what has unfolded between IEF and partners in the area.

IAPB Launches Vision Atlas

Vision Atlas is a powerful tool for advocacy and knowledge-sharing. Starting on February 24 this tool will be available online with key data from the Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG) and the Lancet Global Commission on Eye Health.

AEVR Announces March 11 World Glaucoma Week Congressional Briefing

(Washington, DC) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) new Research Saving Sight, Restoring Vision Initiative announced a World Glaucoma Week 2021 Congressional Briefing entitled Glaucoma: Clinical Practice and Research to Optimize Patient Outcomes to be held virtually on March 11 from 12 Noon – 1:15 pm. RSVP to Dina Beaumont at [email protected] or 202-407-8325 to attend or link to:

Career Opportunity With IEF: Project Assistant Coordinator

The International Eye Foundation (IEF) seeks to hire a Project Assistant Coordinator to support ongoing signature eye health programs. The Project Assistant Coordinator works in direct coordination with the President & CEO and senior staff to support the implementation of the following key interventions:

1. USAID's Child Blindness Program (CBP) – a five-year USAID-funded global pediatric eye health program where IEF is a subcontractor to Integrative Sciences (prime contractor).

2. SightReach Management program (SRM) – a program to develop eye hospitals' efficiency and sustainability in developing nations.

3. Onchocercias Control Program (OC) – a community-based program to control onchocerciasis (river blindness).

Why Work Here?

“Great opportunity to further international development experience!”

Title: Project Assistant Coordinator

Reports to: President & CEO

Location: Kensington, Maryland

Anticipated Start Date: February 202

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.