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Optometrist Recognised for Outstanding Global Achievements

Professor Kovin Naidoo, distinguished academic, optometrist and prominent public health leader, has been recognised for his outstanding contributions to optometry and prevention of avoidable blindness and vision impairment, with the award of an Honorary Fellowship by the British College of Optometrists.

As Global Director of Programmes for the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), Professor Naidoo has been resolute in his commitment to raise awareness of the impact of unnecessary vision loss, deliver basic eye care services to people in need and especially, campaigning at all levels to develop a systematic global solution.

“This award reflects a broader trend in optometry. Optometrists across the globe are increasingly identifying the value of public health efforts in truly making eye care services available to the most underprivileged and recognising and supporting such efforts,” he said.

‘It is also a tribute to all my colleagues at ICEE and IAPB who work tirelessly to make eye care available to the poor of our world. Uncorrected refractive error drives children and adults further into poverty by limiting their opportunities for education, employment and seriously impacts on their quality of life and their ability to contribute to their communities.”

According to Professor Brien Holden, CEO of ICEE and a previous Honorary Fellow of the British College of Optometrists, the award was due recognition for Professor Naidoo’s outstanding contributions to eye care.

“His leadership through ICEE, IAPB, World Health Organization Refractive Error Working Group and the World Council of Optometry has been instrumental in significantly advancing blindness prevention strategies and outcomes,” Professor Holden said.

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