A Lifetime of Vision
Professor of Optometry at UNSW Australia and CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Professor Holden was the driver behind a social enterprise that educated over 180 PhD students, raised over $1.3 billion in research, education and humanitarian funds.
Over time these outcomes helped initiate the global campaign to eliminate blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error and developed products that have generated over $26 billion in sales for industry and over $300 million in royalties for partner institutions. The Brien Holden Vision Institute is now the largest and most productive vision (correction) research centre in the world.
Nearly all those worldwide who wear contact lenses, have directly benefited from his research efforts, including co-developing silicone hydrogel contact lenses, the most popular contact lens material.
To address uncorrected refractive error, the Brien Holden Vision Institute has delivered eye care services to more than three million people in over 60 countries; established over 400 vision centres or sites for eye care worldwide; and trained over 130,000 personnel around the world.
To know the eye care profession, you must know about Professor Brien Holden.
Can myopia be permanently altered by reshaping the cornea?
Cornea Contact Lens Research Unit (1984)
In 1976, Brien established the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit (CCLRU) which went on to become a major global research centre, spawning an unparalleled succession of organisations which would influence the shape of the contact lens industry long into the future of eye care.
Impact of Myopia Research (2003)
National Press Conference (2005)
Approximately 80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system. Tragically, millions of children around the world are vision impaired simply because they can’t access an eye examination and appropriate glasses. Their learning and social development suffers, and, ultimately, their prospects in life.
Asia Business Interview on Myopia (2014)
The Past Guiding the Future Two Years OnTwo years on Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO, Brien Holden Vision Institute reflects on the time passed since the unexpected loss of his friend and colleague. “Following the sudden passing of a founder like Brien, who had been so integral to the organisation... it was natural for the executive to re-look at what we do – and so we engaged in a strategic process to restructure the organisation,” said Prof. Naidoo. “We have created multiple tiers of leadership, with more responsibility and a new focus.
Inaugural Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner: Ellis PotterWe are pleased to congratulate Dr Ellis Potter as the inaugural recipient of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Brien Holden Humanitarian Award. Dr Potter is a long serving humanitarian in the eye care field, including working in leadership positions of the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), both local and international, for close to a decade, including acting as President from 2011-2013. Dr Potter has been a key figure in transitioning VOSH from its original model that provided...
50 years in optometry, 40 years of innovation - Professor Brien HoldenSince its humble beginnings in 1973, starting with the establishment of the Optometric Vision Research Foundation, Brien Holden Vision Institute has been at the forefront of vision technology, contributing to some of the most innovative advances that have shaped the optometric landscape.For those unaware, the Institute is the largest and most productive applied vision (correction) research centre in the world and its products have generated over $30 billion in sales for the industry.
Did you know? The 'bleb' phenomonenUntil the mid-1970s it was believed that contact lens wear had no effect on the corneal endothelium, but around this time advanced optics enabled the discovery of several endothelial changes with lens wear that had not previously been observed.1 One of these was the ‘bleb’ phenomenon – a discovery made by Brien Holden’s PhD student, Steve Zantos, in 1975, when he observed black spots and apparent separation of cells over the corneal endothelium only minutes after a patient was fitted with a soft contact lens.
Ravi Bakaraju (Deputy Head of R&D) reflects on Brien Holden
“Brien was instrumental in setting up my career and the Institute graciously provided me a platform with which to perform on the world stage. He inspired, motivated and empowered many individuals like me to reach their full potential. I share a deep sense of responsibility with the senior management team here, who together are dedicated to take his legacy to the next level.”
Remembering Brien Holden
His own words are well remembered:
“I hope to leave the lasting legacy of an institution that is creative, productive, self-sustainable, generates ideas and delivers massively on the whole issue of how to see better and how to deliver to people everywhere the vision that they need: An Institute that has the resources to chase the goals of vision for everyone, everywhere.”