What we do

With your help, we can ensure everyone has access to quality eye care, no matter where they live.


Training is at the very heart of everything we do. With your support and the help of our world-leading Volunteer Faculty, we provide training to many partners every year.

Dr Daniel Neeley screening a young patient.

Volunteer Dr. Daniel Neely shows how to screen a young patient using a Winnie the Pooh toy (Photo credit: Geoff Oliver Bugbee/Orbis).

Our specialist training is delivered in partnership with local hospitals, public health agencies and governments. It takes place on board our incredible Flying Eye Hospital, through our online mentoring platform, Cybersight, and through our long-term country programs.

It is made possible thanks to the generosity of our remarkable volunteer ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and biomedical engineers who give up their free time every year to train eye teams in communities around the world.

Our comprehensive approach

We offer a comprehensive approach to eye care using the best tools and resources available.

We bring people together in the fight against avoidable blindness. We work with partners to evaluate the specific needs of each region, help develop a tailored plan to restore sight and put in place a long-term eye health strategy.

We educate communities about eye health, and with the help of key partners, screen for and identify eye conditions so that individuals can get treated before the damage is irreversible.

We launched our National Childhood Blindness Initiative in India in 2002 to help ensure that India’s children have access to quality eye care for generations to come. Today the network under the initiative stands as the world’s largest network of Children’s Eye Center, reaching over a million children each year.

We establish permanent presences through our long-term country programs and build the capacity of health systems to improve access to quality eye care.

We train many types of workers across all levels of the health system, from ophthalmologists and nurses, to leadership and governance, to community workers and teachers in remote areas, to help improve the long term quality of patient care.

Our comprehensive approach in action.

In 2019, Orbis programs resulted in over 66,000 completed trainings for doctors, nurses and other health workers. However, the impact reaches far beyond these numbers.

The restoration of sight is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to reverse the cycle of poverty for individuals and their families, according to the World Bank and World Health Organization. Orbis is doing this through ensuring the provision of quality eye care.

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