is a leading global non-governmental organization that has worked to
transform lives through the prevention and treatment of blindness for
over 35 years. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and
inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities.
Orbis is headquartered in the U.S., operates 15 international
offices, and has worked in over 90 countries since 1982. Alongside local
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. It
is a teacher, envoy and advocate that brings world-class training and
much needed attention to eye health around the world.
As a teacher, it is complete with state-of-the-art operating,
sub-sterile, patient recovery and laser treatment rooms, so that local
doctors, nurses and medics benefit from hands-on training from our
Volunteer Faculty. Teaching is also recorded and linked via AV broadcast
technology to the 46-seat classroom.
As well as training on the
plane, we provide continuing medical education to eye care teams around
the world. Our teams work with our local partners at their institutions
to ensure skills are embedded and implemented into their settings.
As an envoy, we garner media attention and push out vital public
health and prevention messages through the Flying Eye Hospital,
enlisting more people to fight blindness with us.
As an advocate, the Flying Eye Hospital helps us engage on a high
level with governments, presidents, philanthropists and other
influential people to make the case for investing in eye health as a
powerful tool to eliminate poverty.
Our third-generation Flying Eye Hospital has been made possible
through the tremendous support, passion and input of our partners and
donors. It is a powerful fusion of medical and aviation technology and
would not have been possible without the passion and financial support
of all our generous donors and our global partners, including FedEx, who
donated the aircraft to us.
Webinar: Impact of BIG data on Eyecare?
14 October 2021 – Thursday Webinar: What is the Impact of BIG data on Eyecare? Hosted by The WAEH Time: 13.00 Central European TimeModerator: Maaike van Zuilen Presenters Aier Eye Hospital Group (China) – Professor Zheng Wang Chief Director of Aier Refractive Academic Committee Big Data Analysis Report on Myopia Surgery in China MarketOn May 23rd, Aier […]
Treatment for geographic atrophy (a major cause of vision loss in patients with ‘dry’ AMD) a step closer after artificial intelligence breakthrough by Moorfields/UCL
A team led by Dr Konstantinos Balaskas at Moorfields Eye Hospital Reading Centre has developed a fully automated, deep-learning model (algorithm) that can detect and quantify geographic atrophy using standard optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans. The algorithm will be hugely beneficial to clinicians providing care for patients with geographic atrophy (GA), who will need a […]
Friday 10th December 2021 Webinar | The wider impact on people’s lives following the Covid 19 pandemic
Hosted by The WAEH Moderator: Maaike van Zuilen, Global Lead, WAEH What is a Schwartz Round? Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. The purpose of Rounds are to understand the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic […]
8 September 2021 During the annual meetings members have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange information and knowledge about all kinds of topics. Good examples of this include improving the efficiency in the service given to patients and continuous development of patient pathways. Since the establishment of the WAEH in 2007 in Rotterdam, the WAEH […]
The National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation Programme (NECRTP) brings together teams across NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHSX and NHS Digital to support delivery of whole pathway improvement and transformation of eye care for patients. We aim to: Support the immediate, rapid recovery of eye care services Prevent unnecessary, irreversible sight loss and improve access […]