New England College of Optometry & Orbis Partner to Increase Access to Global Optometry

October 2017

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis are pleased to announce a formal partnership to address the global unmet need for uncorrected refractive errors--one of the top two causes of visual impairment.

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This partnership between Orbis and NECO will expand Orbis’s impact through its Flying Eye Hospital, hospital-based trainings, community partnerships, and telehealth programs. Both groups will work together to help address the challenge of uncorrected refractive error, currently responsible for 43% of the world’s visual impairment.

We’re looking forward to working with NECO to help address the enormous but solvable challenge of uncorrected refractive error that affects so many people around the world.

Bob Ranck

President & CEO, Orbis

Through this collaboration, NECO will develop and implement optometry training as part of on-site joint programs with Orbis and online learning through Cybersight, Orbis’s virtual training and mentorship portal. 

Additionally, NECO faculty and volunteers will provide online mentoring, telehealth consultations, and education through Cybersight, which leverages cloud-based technology to provide eye health professionals access to expert educators from around the world and online training tools such as live lectures and interactive case management.