Six-year-old congenital strabismus patient, Liu Keli, had to squint and tilt his head painfully to see but was eventually cured when the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital visited Lanzhou. Liu was over the moon when he first saw himself after his operation, shouting “I am handsome!”
Through close partnership with local medical institutions, the sharing of ophthalmic medical skills and technologies and the promotion of eye-care education, ORBIS volunteers are now helping doctors in many unimaginably poor countries to fight blindness.
Poor Yushi Fang found it almost impossible to work because of the agonizing cataract in her eyes. Fortunately, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital had flown into China’s Yunnan Province where she was one of the lucky 70 patients whose lives our volunteers were able to transform in Kunming.
It is estimated that China is home to some 6,600,000 blind people, 80% of whom live in rural areas with virtually no medical service. At ORBIS, our goal is to raise public awareness of the importance of eye health and ensure everyone benefits from convenient and inexpensive eye care.
Two-year old strabismus patient Huang Zishan knows her life will soon change forever so she smiles as ORBIS doctors examine, anesthetize and operate on her.
Last year, ORBIS supporters like you helped us screen around 914,393 adults and kids, train some 151 ophthalmologists and 1,210 eye care professionals and carry out approximately 8,664 surgeries. Thank you so much! Please keep up the good work!