School children in local village classroom.

About us

Orbis is an international nonprofit that builds strong and sustainable eye care systems globally that put treatment and prevention within reach.

We believe in a world where everyone can access the eye care they need to thrive.

Changing the Way the World Sees®

A staggering 90% of all vision loss is treatable or preventable. That equates to 1 billion people on this planet living with vision loss from avoidable causes. Nine out of ten people with vision loss live in low- and middle-income countries, and 55% are women and girls.

We believe in a world where everyone can access the eye care they need to thrive.

To combat this, we build strong eye care systems that cover the full range of eye care services — from educating people about eye health and the importance of preventive care to identifying eye conditions in the community to providing treatment and follow-up services for those who need them.

Infographic shows Orbis's vision and mission statements and values of accountability, commitment, innovation, integrity and equity

Our mission, vision, and values.

We not only improve access to eye care in the communities that need it most, but we do it in a sustainable and strategic way that leaves a lasting legacy of vision.

Strong and Sustainable Eye Care Systems

To make eye care systems strong and sustainable, Orbis works with Ministries of Health and partners with local medical facilities to ensure that:

  • public health agendas and budgets prioritize eye care
  • eye care is seamlessly incorporated into existing healthcare systems so that eye health contributes to patients’ overall health and wellbeing, and vice versa
  • quality eye care services are available and accessible where patients need them—whether in rural health centers or urban hospitals
  • eye care teams have the training and equipment they need to deliver high-quality sight-saving care.

Our values of Accountability, Commitment, Innovation, Integrity and Equity are the threads that connect our global team across geographies, languages, job functions and time zones.

Our Legacy

With the help of our amazing partners and supporters we’ve been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for more than 40 years.

We have 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 four decades. As a result we have positively impacted the lives of millions of men, women, and children enabling them to see the world clearly and reach their full potential.

Impact In 2023

  • 2.7 million+

    eye screenings and examinations.

  • 32,000+ trainings

    for eye care professionals & community health workers.

    Orbis partners in Hue, Vietnam, training during our Flying Eye Hospital project
  • 88,000+ eyeglasses

    prescribed in communities around the world

We work where the need for eye care is greatest and where we can do the most good, working 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.


Help us change the way the world sees

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

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