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.
2022 Wilmer Annual Report
The eye, which is more easily accessible than organs shielded by skin and muscle, often reveals insights into a patient’s overall state of health. The Wilmer Eye Institute’s Annual Report details stories of lifesaving discoveries, innovative educational initiatives, and groundbreaking research that are advancing patient care and the field of ophthalmology. Read the report: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/publications/wilmer_issues/annual-report-2022
REMINDER: Call for Projects Interested in funding for a project? The WAEH can finance two to three projects per year with 7.500,- euro. You can use the following WAEH project format to send in your project proposal: WAEH project proposal.Round 1 – Deadline 31 January 2023– Incoming proposals reviewed by board in February / March board meeting– […]
Longitudinal Use of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Utility of Asynchronous Testing for Subspecialty-Level Ophthalmic Care
Publication by WAEH Member UCSF – Department of Ophthalmology Importance: Telehealth in ophthalmology has traditionally focused on preventive disease screening with limited use in outpatient evaluation. The unique conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic afforded the opportunity to evaluate different implementations of teleophthalmology at scale, providing insight into expanding teleophthalmology care. Objective: To compare telehealth use in ophthalmology […]
The Victoria Cohen Scholarship 2023/24 – open for applications
The Victoria Cohen Scholarship is now open for applications from aspiring ocular oncologists in need of financial support throughout their fellowship. The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust was established in 2021 in memory of the late Victoria Cohen, former president of ISOO. Victoria was always keen to support the next generation of eye surgeons […]
Eye cancer is a terrible disease and there are not enough ocular oncologists in the world. Training takes time and money. The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust provides scholarships to support aspiring ocular oncologists through their training and education. The deadline for applications for the Victoria Cohen Scholarship 2023/24 is the 31st March 2023. For […]