Eye Care Caribbean

Inaugural UOG Annual Optometry Student's Dinner Party

The Bachelor of Science in Optometry offered by the University of Guyana (UOG), is a 4-year programme, including internship. Based in the Department of Public Health, it is built on the core curriculum as prescribed by UK-based General Optical Council (GOC).In addition to classes and simulated practice on campus, students undertake clinical attachment (and eventually, their 6-credits internship) in more than ten leading Eye Clinics and Eye Departments in five countries across the Caribbean.

The first Optometry cohort commenced training at the University Of Guyana in 2010.

Today, there are three cohorts, years 1, 2 and 4 (there was no intake in 2011). There are 82 students reading for the Optometry Bsc from five countries in the region.The Programme will graduate its first Optometrists in 2014. Graduates will be competent to practice at level 3 of the World Council of Optometry’s scope of practice.
The BSO-UOG is a key component of Vision 2020 (right to sight) goal to increase the number of Eye Health Workers, in order to reduce avoidable blindness globally. It is anticipated that the Optometry Doctorate will commence in 2015.




Announcing The 2013 Annual Meeting of Vision 2020 Committees Representatives for the Caribbean on Tuesday December 3rd & Wednesday December 4th in Kingston, Jamaica.

Purpose of the meeting:

• This meeting will provide a platform for sharing, learning and networking and will strengthen links between V2020 Committees and persons involved in eye health.

• Participants will become familiar with perspectives from other areas and will be exposed to new thinking, technologies and opportunities that can be used to benefit eye health service delivery in their countries.

• The meeting will pay particular attention to Diabetic Retinopathy – one of the most prevalent causes of blindness in the Caribbean, and to discussing WHO’s Towards Universal Eye Health: a Global Action Plan 2014-2019


For electronic copy of the meeting’s agenda and supporting documents please click here or view below.



Eye on Sight Promo II (October 2013)

More updates from the CCB's 46th anniversary general meetings which were held in Barbados in July of this year.

Delegates from across the Caribbean came together to discuss and approve the strategic direction of the organization. Among the very special guests were: The Honourable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados. 

This is a video-grapher's snap-shot of some more of the highlights.

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Eye on Sight Promo (October 2013)

The next edition of Eye On Sight is coming soon. It takes us to Barbados, on the occasion of our46th anniversary general meetings. In July of this year, more than fifty delegates from across the Caribbean, gathered to help shape the work of CCB-Eye Care Caribbean over the next several years. The following link provides a crisp in sight on the next edition of Eye On Sight. Coming soon.

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Antigua Vision2020 The Right to Sight

As the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB), prepares to launch Eye Health Services in  Health Facilities across the Antigua and Barbuda, in this video, we will share highlights of an optometry clinic held at the Fiennes Institute - the home for the elderly and indigent  in the country.


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Lisa Hixon - Determined to Succeed

Lisa Hixon is an IT Instructor who lives and works in Antigua-Barbuda. A graduate of the Antigua State College, she has  been visually impaired all her life. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and Nystagmus, she shares her story of triumph over adversity. One in five thousand persons (around the World) has the condition.

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Antigua Vision 2020 The Right To Sight

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The Vision for Antigua and Barbuda

vision-for-antiguavision-for-antiguaIn 2011, four young people from Antigua and Barbuda, Denise Phillip, Dirk Agard, Raenor Sharpe, and Ronel Richards were awarded scholarships (jointly funded by The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and The Caribbean Council for the Blind) to attend the University of Guyana, to study Refraction Techniques.

While acknowledging that, in the beginning they did not know what was in store - one year later, they are now looking forward to their future, as level one Eye Care Practitioners, with intense anticipation and enthusiasm.

Trained as part of the  Vision 2020 (Right to Sight) Initiative to dramatically increase the number of eye care providers across the Caribbean and around the world, the four Refractionists, based in Antigua and Barbuda, are among an increasing number of eye care providers being provided with scholarships by CCB and its Partners.



Eye on Sight Issue #10 - July 2013

In the July 2013 Issue of Eye on Sight we feature the following:

Working Together in Guyana

Working Together in GuyanaWorking Together in GuyanaWith a population of just under 800,000, approximately 30,000 adults and children in Guyana are blind or have low vision. The priority eye diseases include Cataract, Glaucoma, Refractive Error and Diabetic Retinopathy.

For the Ministry of Health, Eye Care has been on the front burner for the past several years. The Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB) through Eye Care Guyana has spearheaded several programmes which include the establishment of Vision Centres and the training of Refractionists and Optometrists at the University of Guyana.

Read More: http://www.eyecarecaribbean.com/eye-on-sight/working-together-in-guyana



Programme Highlights - Quarter 2: April - June 2013

1. Participation in the 50th International Conference on Fundraising of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - April 7th – 9th, 2013:

Venue: San Diego Convention Centre, San Diego, California, USA.
[Pre-Conference Activities – April 5th and 6th, 2013]

 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP):

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is the professional association of individuals and organisations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, the AFP advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The Association fosters growth and development of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. AFP has a membership of 30,000 in 233 Chapters world-wide.

 Annual International Conference on Fundraising:

The AFP International Conference on Fundraising held
annually, attracts more that 4,000 persons from around the world and provides educational and networking opportunities through participatory workshops, leadership forums, round tables, plenary sessions and social events. The 2013 Annual International Conference on Fundraising marked the 50th Annual International Conference on Fundraising of the Association and was held in San Diego, California, USA in the sprawling San Diego Convention Centre. The Conference was held under the theme “Doing the right things…….right.”



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