Orbis International
Orbis aims to transform lives through quality eye healthcare so that no one is needlessly blind or visually impaired. Through training, research and advocacy, Orbis works to strengthen local eye care institutions, train eye care professionals and advocate for policies to increase awareness about the importance of quality eye health.


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A Hospital With Wings

To be a flying hospital wherein delicate medical procedures take place is no simple feat. The flying hospitals used to transport the devoted Orbis International team and their patients are MD-10 freighter planes commissioned from delivery giants Fedex, who along with aviation experts and an aerospace manufacturing company, teamed up with Orbis to engineer the ultimate express emergency medical center on the go. The MD-10 program director is ex-Navy Charles Thompson-- who also retired from Fedex in 2009-- who can run a tight ship both in the sea and in the air and ensures maximum safety as well as efficiency. It is truly the future of medical transport.

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A Life-Changing Experience

Orbis International couldn’t deliver the gift of sight to those around the world most in need without the help of its extraordinary volunteer ophthalmologists. Doctors from across the globe comprise of Orbis’ experienced Volunteer Faculty, who provide education, training, hands-on demonstrations, and best of all, guidance, and attempt to make up for the lack of eye doctors in remote areas. Orbis has also created a “tele-ophthalmological initiative,” Cybersight, an online community for medical professionals to learn and share from each other. The mission of Orbis’ professionals is not only possessing maximum medical dexterity, but ensuring “adaptability and cultural sensitivity” to its patients.

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Casualties of War

The aftereffects of Agent Orange have had devastating long-term effects on the Vietnamese population, especially the country’s children. Among a multitude of other health problems, approximately three million Vietnamese children are living with some kind of visual impairment. But Orbis International is determined not to have these children’s fate sealed by blindness. Many of the diseases affecting them can be treated to restore vision. Because children’s eyes are smaller, Orbis employs medical professionals trained to specifically treat their eyes. Orbis works to ensure that the seeing impaired not only receive the immediate care they need, but also have continued health care and access to necessary medical resources.

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