1962 IEF recognized for its advocacy toward the passing of Public Law 87-656 by the 87th Congress, S.2321, September 7, 1962. “An Act: To encourage and aid the development of reconstructive medicine and surgery and the development of micro-surgical research by authorizing the licensing of tissue banks in the District of Columbia, by facilitating antemortem and post-mortem donations of human tissue for tissue bank purposes, and for other purposes.” Known as the “District of Columbia Tissue Bank Act”.
1963 Dr. John Harry King, Jr. receives the Citation of Award in Recognition of Distinguished Service Rendered to Eye Banks, May 1963.
1964 & 1965 Dr. John Harry King, Jr. receives a Certificate of Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (AAOO) for distinguished services.
1958 Dr. John Harry King, Jr. receives the award for best scientific presentation from the American Ophthalmological Society.
1968 Dr. John Harry King, Jr. receives the Gradle Medal for Teaching from the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO).
1970s Dr. John Harry King, Jr. is made an Honorary Member of the Ophthalmological Societies of the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Egypt, Guatemala, Peru, and Turkey.
1971 IEF receives a commendation from the Department of State Agency for International Development.
1975 IEF recognized as a “private voluntary organization” by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
1985 IEF accepted into “official relations” with the World Health Organization (WHO).
1990 Victoria Sheffield receives the “Statesmanship Award” to a Non-Commissioner, Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).
1997 Victoria Sheffield made an Honorary Member, Albanian Ophthalmology Society.
1997 Victoria Sheffield presents the Pangilinan Lecturer, West Virginia University.
1998 Victoria Sheffield receives a “Human Rights Award” from the United Nations Association/National Capital Area on the 50th anniversary of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights".
1999 Victoria Sheffield receives an “Achievement Award” from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
2001 John Barrows receives a “Human Rights Award” from the United Nations Association/National Capital Area.
2005 Victoria Sheffield is made an Honorary Member, Union of Bulgarian Ophthalmologists.
2008 Victoria Sheffield receives a “North America Regional Achievement Award” from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) at its 8th General Assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2010 Victoria Sheffield receives the “Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award” from the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology at its joint meeting with the AAO in Chicago.
2011 On the occasion of IEF’s 50th anniversary:
- March 1, 2011: Citation from the Honorable Martin O’Malley, Governor of the State of Maryland.
- April 8, 2011: Citation from the Honorable Benjamin L. Cardin, US Senator from the State of Maryland.
- May 2, 2011: Citation “Honoring the International Eye Foundation” on its 50th anniversary is published in the United States Congressional Record by the Honorable Chris Van Hollen, then Congressman and now Senator from the state of Maryland, pgs. E777-E778.
2012 John Barrows receives a “North America Regional Achievement Award” from the IAPB at its 9th General Assembly in Hyderabad, India.
2013 Victoria Sheffield receives a ‘Secretariat Award’ for her service to the Global Education & Outreach Committee from the AAO.
2014 Raheem Rahmathullah receives an “Eye Health Leader Award” from the IAPB at its Council of Members meeting, Paris, France.
2014 Victoria Sheffield receives a “Senior Achievement Award’ from the AAO.
2016 IEF receives the “Collaboration Award” from IAPB at its 10th General Assembly, Durban, South Africa.