Patients and family sit in the waiting room at Shandong Hospital, China


China is estimated to have the largest number of blind people in the world — around 8.2 million. Yet most eye care professionals, particularly surgically skilled ophthalmologists, are disproportionately located and practicing in urban areas, while a majority of the blind live in rural areas.

Success in China

Since establishing an office in Beijing in 1999, we’ve helped create quality, affordable and accessible eye care for rural communities, particularly in western China’s remote ethnic minority areas.


  • Orbis is recognised as a leading blindness prevention organisation in China and is considered by the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness and other nongovernmental organisations as one of most capable, effective and professional blindness prevention organisations in China.
  • Over the years, we have carried out 220 projects in 25 regions in China, which have trained over 20,000 health workers, carried out over 4,500,000 screening examinations and delivered over 130,000 sight-saving operations.

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We’re working to find sustainable solutions to address the lack of quality, affordable and accessible eye care services for the rural poor. We’re building rural eye care networks, developing partner ophthalmic skills and addressing the issue of childhood blindness throughout China.

Additionally, we’re collaborating with the Chinese Ministry of Health to address diabetic eye disease and retinopathy of prematurity. We’re also leading a collaborative effort in the much needed area of residency training in China and Mongolia, working with the International Council of Ophthalmology and the Chinese Council of Ophthalmology.

Thanks to your support we're making great ground in the fight against avoidable blindness in China. But there's still a long way to go to reach the 13 million visually impaired children who lack the treatment they need to have the vision they deserve.

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