What We Do
We believe that persons with blindness or visual impairments, are entitled to some basic services and opportunities, wherever they live. We believe that a number of international conventions & initiatives, provide useful impetus to our cause. Read More.
Holiday and new year’s greetings from the Optometry students (University Of Guyana and their programme head. The students and their guests ended 2013 with their Inaugural Annual Dinner Party. The event was held at the beautifully refurbished Guyana Pegasus Hotel. They were joined by: Representatives of faculty, partner eye clinics and eye departments; employees of CCB-Eye Care Guyana and well wishers. Approximately 120 persons came together for the very festive and fun-filled dinner, drinks music and socializing.
Listen and view their greetings below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
In the July 2013 Issue of Eye on Sight we feature the following:
Working Together in Guyana
With 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.
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Have you heard about Blind Cricket?
Since the 2007 Biennial General Meeting of the Caribbean Council for the Blind, the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind (WICCB) has been registered as a legal entity in Barbados.
Find out more about Blind Cricket.
Over the past 20 years, we established or improved 10 national education programs for children with blindness or visual impairment & trained more than 55 teachers to work with the children.
Read more about our Inclusive Education Programs.
99% of all cataracts may be removed in a 20 minutes operation, with full restoration of sight.