WHO WE ARE
Our 40 years of work in eye health and vision care development have been guided by our founder, Professor Brien Holden, whose bold efforts revolutionised the contact lens industry, developing advanced lenses to correct eye conditions that affect the vision of billions of people. He and his partners also helped establish a development agenda targeting uncorrected refractive error – which results in 1.22 billion people being unnecessarily vision impaired.
Over time, Brien understood these commercial efforts could provide significant humanitarian gain by generating resources to fund public health programs focused on the elimination of vision impairment and avoidable blindness around the world.
Through the combination of innovative research with education and service infrastructure, we have worked in over 50 countries, provided optometric services and glasses to over 14 million people at our more than 400 vision centres and eye care sites, helped train over 160,000 eye care personnel around the world and established or supported the development of 16 optometry schools.
We are agile in how we conduct research and collaborate with partners to create new, and improve existing, commercial products. Including through co-development, licensing, strategic partnerships and fee-for-service work.
Find out more about our Translational Research programs and services.
Through a strategic combination of programs we are working with local partners in developing communities to ensure people receive the eye care they need – now and into the future.
Find out more about our Public Health programs and achievements.
- Sight is a fundamental right for all humans
- Our passion for science and innovation is driven by the pursuit of knowledge and compassion for all humanity
- Our global efforts are influenced by local and cultural understanding and the core principle of sustainability
- We achieve through collaboration.
What inspires us to keep going
- Innovation and solutions to enable all people to obtain the vision that they need to achieve their potential
- A global public health and economic agenda where eliminating vision impairment and avoidable blindness are fundamental priorities
- Sustainable services where eye care is accessible and affordable
- People trained across environments and cultures to promote and protect vision and eye health
- Partnerships that are effective and enduring in the service of health and humanitarian goals
- Innovation that solves today’s eye health issues while planning for prevention of tomorrow’s problems.
Learn more about the history of Brien Holden Vision Institute.
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- Bourne et al, Magnitude, temporal trends, and projections of the global prevalence of blindness and distance and near vision impairment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Sep;5(9):e888-e897.
- Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016 Volume 123, Issue 5, Pages 1036–1042.
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- Evans VE, Carnt NA, Naduvilath TJ, Holden BA. Factors Associated With Drop Out From Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens Daily Wear. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2008;49:E-Abstract 4839.
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