|This little girl from northern Peru
received treatment from the
Instituto Regional de Oftalmologia
-- an ORBIS partner in Trujillo.
ORBIS doesn't have an office in Latin America or the Caribbean but does engage in long-term projects. In Jamaica, ORBIS and partners work to improve eye care services through training and equipment capacity building. In Peru, the emphasis is on retinal disease, especially retinopathy of prematurity. In Haiti, ORBIS is working with local partners to develop and support an eye care stabilization project to provide services to displaced persons affected by the 2010 earthquake who were living in camps.
During 2011, through 6 projects taking place in Peru, Haiti and Jamaica:
- Nearly 1,900 doctors and other eye care staff received training
- Over 145,000 adults and children received eye examinations
- More than 35,000 adults and children received medical and optical treatments
- Over 3,200 eye surgeries/lasers were performed
ORBIS "firsts" in Latin America and the Caribbean
ORBIS has achieved numerous “firsts” in blindness prevention and treatment in Latin America and the
In 1982, the president of
Peru created the country’s first eye bank after watching a corneal transplant onboard the
This little girl was successfully
treated for retinopathy of prema-
turity and no longer faces a world
- ORBIS introduced Cyber-Sight, ORBIS’s telemedicine initiative, to provide worldwide, Internet-based ophthalmic patient consultation for free to any qualified partner in Latin America and the
- Jamaican and Peruvian doctors received training on virtual reality surgery simulators for the first time during
Through ORBIS, ophthalmologists in Latin America and the Caribbean can now receive continuing medical education credit through the
Academy of Ophthalmology for online work completed by Cyber-Sight partners and for virtual reality surgeries
*Blindness is defined as visual acuity of less than 3/60 or a corresponding visual field loss to less than 10 degrees in the better eye with best possible correction.
** Low vision is defined as visual acuity of less than 6/18 but equal to or better than 3/60, or a corresponding visual field loss to less than 20 degrees in the better eye with best possible correction.