The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness was established on January 1, 1975 by the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) with the vision: A world in which no one is needlessly visually impaired, where everyone has access to the best possible standard of eye health, and where those with irreparable vision loss achieve their full potential.
Its mission is to achieve universal access to eye health, by:
- Adding value and maximizing the impact of the individual and collective work of its members, including those who fight for the inclusion and rehabilitation of people with sight loss,
- Promote knowledge and awareness for the development of a comprehensive eye health system, particularly at the national level.
IAPB now has more than 150 organizations (professional bodies, non-governmental organizations, associations, foundations, educational institutions, etc.) in over 100 countries working together to ensure quality eye care for everyone.