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.
Wilmer Eye Institute: #1 ophthalmology research program in the U.S
As the #1 ophthalmology research program in the U.S., Wilmer Eye Institute has a big presence at the nation’s biggest ophthalmology research meeting. Here’s a look at what some Wilmer presenters will be talking about at ARVO 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avb_UrZGLRU
International Schwartz Rounds: looking for panelists
During the coronapandemic the WAEH together with the team from Moorfields organized two webinars about the Schwartz Rounds. This year we would like to organize these rounds again and are looking for panelists! Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects […]
Dutch BICAT study proves safety and effectiveness of immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery
Image caption: “in ISBCS, transparant eye patches are used (right picture) instead of a non-transparant eye patch in DSBCS (left picture)” News from our full member: University Eye Clinic Maastricht, the Netherlands Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS) offers comparable safety and efficacy to delayed sequential bilateral cataract surgery (DSBCS), according to a major Dutch […]
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Understanding the impact of “hand‐holding volunteers” providing theatre support during surgery ‐ The patient perspective
News from our founding member: Moorfields Eye Hospital The majority of cataract, and some glaucoma eye surgeries is undertaken using local anaesthetic and can be uncomfortable for patients and make them feel anxious. This can be very unpleasant and cause anxiety in patients. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust uses volunteers in a “hand‐holding” role to provide comfort […]
Olena Kurylo was blinded in her right eye when a missile destroyed her apartment block in the opening hours of Russia’s brutal invasion last month. […] She was in danger of developing a fatal infection from her wounds. It was clear that Olena needed urgent surgery – but first she had to escape what had […]