Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for four decades. Orbis transforms lives by delivering the skills, resources and knowledge needed to deliver accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners, including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health, Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on public health agendas. Orbis operates the world's only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, and an award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybersight. For the past ten consecutive years, Orbis has achieved Charity Navigator's coveted four-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, placing Orbis in the top 3% of U.S. charities. In 2021, Orbis earned GuideStar's platinum Seal of Transparency. To learn more, please visit orbis.org.
Boarding Orbis Flying Eye Hospital: Not your typical flight experienceNovember 16th 2022
When it is not on a mission, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital MD-10 aircraft often is situated at an airport where the fully accredited teaching facility is put to use as a mobile simulation center to train ophthalmologists from around the world in some of the latest sight-saving techniques.
World Sight Day: Orbis, UC Davis team up to train eye care teams from Latin America to fight avoidable blindnessOctober 12th 2022
The training will overlap with World Sight Day, which spotlights the importance of eye care. Orbis's clinical staff and medical experts along with UC Davis Medical Health physicians and staff will share their knowledge with nearly 50 ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents, nurses, and biomedical engineers from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
Children’s mental health and the impact of vision impairmentAugust 2nd 2022
Two studies conducted in collaboration with Orbis International explore how providing free glasses to children improves their ability to learn in school and that addressing visual impairment in children can alleviate depression and anxiety.
Study: Children with vision impairment more likely to suffer from depression and anxietyJune 20th 2022
A study by Orbis International found that children with myopia experienced significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety than their peers without vision impairment.
AI and glaucoma: impact, challenges, and the vision for the futureApril 13th 2022
Orbis' Nicolas Jaccard, PhD, principal AI architect, discusses the impact that AI can have on health care, including current applications for AI in glaucoma, the challenges of acceptance of AI in clinical settings, how AI has helped with the diagnosis of glaucoma, and the vision for the future of AI in glaucoma and eye care in general.
Orbis' Doris Macharia, MD, reflects on where Orbis has been and the next 40 years to comeApril 6th 2022
Orbis International celebrates 40 years of innovation this year, beginning in 1982 with their iconic flying eye hospital. Since their start, Orbis has continued their innovation, working to achieve sustainable and scalable impact in the countries where they work. Doris Macharia, MD, senior vice president of global programs with Orbis, talks with Ophthalmology Times' Sheryl Stevenson, reflecting on the last 40 years and what's to come.
Identifying 3 barriers keeping families from accessing cataract treatment for their children in IndiaMarch 14th 2022
Dr. Rishi Raj Borah, Country Director with Orbis India, discusses recent research he co-authored showing the top 3 barriers keeping families from accessing cataract treatment for their children in India.