A group of 80 eye health heroes have been named by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to celebrate young talent in the eye health sector.

It said the programme provided an opportunity to connect and develop heroes from across the national governmental organisation, corporate, clinical and public policy, and global eye health community.

A series of online ceremonies named the 80 eye health heroes who represented innovation and leadership in delivering eye care in diverse and challenging environments.

Joanna Conlon, director of development and communications at the IAPB, said: ‘These heroes should be very proud of their achievements and I look forward to seeing the role they and their organisations will play in implementing the new sector strategy 2030 In Sight where innovation, creating change and strong leadership are the answer.

‘Their commitment and energy and will be critical to ensure that by 2030 no one experiences unnecessary sight loss, that everyone has the support and services to achieve their full potential and that we all understand the importance of caring for our own eye health.’

Heroes were selected across the leaders, change makers and innovators categories, which recognised high performers, those who turn ideas into actions, as well as people who challenge the status quo.