Kovin Naidoo

Kovin Naidoo is affiliated with the Brien Holden Vision Institute.[1]

Kovin Naidoo is the Interim CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, following the passing of Professor Brien Holden in Sydney on 28 July.[2]He was a co-founder of Clear Vision Optical franchise and has been on numerous boards throughout his career including most recently the Vision Impact Institute.[3]He was African Optometrist of the Year in 2002 and named International Optometrist in 2007.[3]He has served as the head of optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and is currently CEO of the African Vision Research Institute and an associate professor of optometry at UKZN.[4]Recognised for his continuing work in preventative ophthalmology, particularly in the areas of avoidable childhood blindness and cataract, Professor Naidoo was presented with the Prevention of Blindness Shield Lecture Award by the president of the Saudi Ophthalmology Society.[5]He has also previously chaired the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Services Board of Trustees.[6]

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Nigeria: Researchers Predict One Billion People Will Go Blind By 2050

An estimated one billion people around the world could be at risk of blindness by 2050 if an emerging epidemic of myopia is ignored, researchers at Brien Holden Vision Institute said. They predict at least five billion will be myopic, but a crucial one-fifth will be in the "high myopia" category, facing significantly increased risk of blindness, if behavioural interventions and optical treatments are not developed and implemented. Currently, it's estimated that over 2 billion people in the world suffer from myopia. "The major concern is with the vast number of people who are likely to progress to high levels of myopia, which brings with it a significantly increased risk of potentially blinding conditions and vision impairment," said Naidoo. "Myopia is not curable or reversible, but there are promising interventions using optical and behavioural approaches that can help slow the progression and prevent people becoming highly myopic."[78]


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