School children in local village classroom.

About

We are an international non-profit that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness. With our network of partners we mentor, train and inspire local teams to fight blindness in their communities. We believe that no one should live a life of unnecessary blindness, simply because of where they were born.

Changing the way the world sees

Our mission is to use our amazing network of partners, supporters, staff and sector leading volunteers to empower local communities with the skills and resources necessary to fight blindness on their own. We work alongside eye teams in communities to provide training and guidance to leave a long-term eye care legacy that will restore vision for generations to come.

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We build our networks on trust and commitment and seek to collaborate with corporate partners, fellow NGOs and local hospitals. We have made a promise to local eye teams to always strive for excellent, sustainable results that will suit our local partners’ needs.

Changing the way the world sees

At Orbis we care deeply for the communities we serve. Whether they’re in Ethiopia, Vietnam or Peru -- our vision is to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities by helping lift them from the grip of blindness.

Our legacy

With the help of our amazing partners and supporters we’ve been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for over 30 years. Since 1982 we have conducted training programs in over 92 countries and trained hundreds of thousands of medical professionals.

We have over 40 long-term projects around the world across countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon, Peru, Mongolia and Indonesia. Visit our Where We Work section for more information.

With the support of our partners we have trained hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers and eye care workers over the past 32 years. As a result we have positively impacted the lives of millions of men, women and children by conducting over 5 million screenings and examinations in 2017 alone.

Impact in 2017

We work where the need for eye care is greatest and where we can do the most good. In the last 32 years, we have conducted training projects in over 92 countries, over 78 with the Flying Eye Hospital, where we work closely with governments and health ministries.

We strive for excellence in everything we do - from our world leading volunteers to our state-of-the-art Flying Eye Hospital - and only the best training and practices will be passed on.

Find out more about our history and the people who who dedicate their lives to fighting blindness.