The Ophthalmology Foundation is a recently formed nonprofit organization created to support ophthalmic education internationally--particularly in low-resource and underserved countries--to improve global eye care, advance scientific ophthalmology, and ultimately preserve and restore vision for people of all nations.
Formed as a successor of the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation (ICOF), the Ophthalmology Foundation's programs for advancing and facilitating ophthalmologists' learning and skills development are moving in a new direction designed to align with contemporary needs and approaches to education, said David E. I. Pyott, MDhc, president of the Ophthalmology Foundation's Board of Directors.
During the more than 6 months since it was formed, the Ophthalmology Foundation has had many accomplishments and programs under way. Considering what has been achieved in such a short time, the enthusiasm of its board members and volunteers, and the expectation that more will be joining the effort, the future looks very bright for the foundation.
"As is the case for any new organization, our aim for creating the Ophthalmology Foundation was to introduce something better," Pyott said. "It seems we are well on our way to success judging from the passion and interest displayed by our board members."
Pyott also noted that as the organization moves forward with its mission, it is inviting ophthalmologists who would like to help colleagues in less-developed countries to reach out to learn about becoming volunteers.
The Ophthalmology Foundation was officially established at the end of 2020 and has a board of approximately 35 members, representing an international group of renowned ophthalmologists of all subspecialties from different practice settings as well as leaders in industry.