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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 625 million people being unnecessarily vision impaired.

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 – refractive errors. This includes co-development of the silicone hydrogel contact lens, a breakthrough material which today accounts for more than 50% of all contact lenses used worldwide.

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.
He and his partners helped establish a development agenda targeting uncorrected refractive error – the leading and yet most easily avoidable cause of vision loss, which results in 625 million people being unnecessarily vision impaired.1,2

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 3 million people at our more than 400 vision centres and eye care sites, helped train almost 140,000 eye care personnel around the world and supported the development of 18 optometry schools.

The Problems

Myopia
By 2050 there will be almost 5 billion myopic (short-sighted) people globally, with nearly 1 billion of them in the high myopia category and at significantly increased risk of potentially blinding conditions.3
Presbyopia
Over 1 billion people with presbyopia (ageing sight) need quality correction for near vision impairment.2
Dry Eye
There are an estimated 130 million contact lens wearers worldwide,4 but a significant number discontinue lens wear each year because of discomfort, 5-10 with ‘dry eye’ a common factor.
Uncorrected refractive error
625 million people are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and appropriate glasses; including tens of millions of children with uncorrected myopia.

Translational Research

We are developing optical devices and researching other treatments and preventative measures to reduce the burden of myopia. Our innovative solutions for presbyopia include contact lenses, intraocular lenses and development of a breakthrough ‘accommodating gel’. We are working on a novel comfort agent to treat 'dry eye' and improve the contact lens experience of millions of wearers.

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.

Public Health

The global need for vision correction has created disability and a poverty-inducing health care crisis worldwide. More than 625 million people are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired simply because they don’t have access to an eye examination and a pair of glasses.

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.

Our values

  • 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

When we act upon our values and maintain strategic focus, we can achieve:
  • 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.
We are inspired by the difference we and our partners make – not only in the health outcomes and economics advances, but in the lives touched, changed and improved.

Learn more about the history of Brien Holden Vision Institute.

References

  1. Bourne RR, Stevens GA, White RA, Smith JL, Flaxman SR, Price H, et al. Causes of vision loss worldwide, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis. The Lancet Global Health (Internet). 2013 13 November 2013. Available from: www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(13)70113-X/fulltext
  2. Holden BA, Fricke TR, May Ho S, Wong R, Schlenther G, Cronje S, Burnett A, Papas E, Naidoo KS, Frick KD, ‘Global vision impairment due to uncorrected presbyopia’, Archives of Ophthalmology, Vol 126 (No. 12), Dec 2008.
  3. 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.
  4. Fonn D. The contact lens wearer base. Eye & Contact Lens 2011;37(6):331. Pritchard N, Fonn D, Brazeau D. Discontinuation of contact lens wear: a survey. Int Contact Lens Clin 1999;26:157-62.
  5. Richdale K, Sinnott LT, Skadahl E, Nichols JJ. Frequency of and factors associated with contact lens dissatisfaction and discontinuation. Cornea 2007;26:168-74.
  6. Pritchard N, Fonn D, Brazeau D. Discontinuation of contact lens wear: a survey. Int Contact Lens Clin 1999;26:157-62.
  7. Young G, Veys J, Pritchard N, Coleman S. A multi-centre study of lapsed contact lens wearers. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt 2002;22:516-27.
  8. 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.
  9. Vajdic C, Holden BA, Sweeney DF, Cornish RM. The frequency of ocular symptoms during spectacle and daily soft and rigid contact lens wear. Optom Vis Sci 1999;76:705-11.
  10. Schlanger JL. A study of contact lens failures. J Am Optom Assoc 1993;64:220-4.