WORLD SIGHT DAY- #MakeVisionCount

October 2017

This year’s World Sight Day is on Thursday, October 12th, with the theme of “Make Vision Count.” We at Orbis want to take over Facebook to raise visibility of the 245 million people around the world living with avoidable blindness…but we need your help…

We created a Facebook frame for profile pictures to simulate visual impairment and we are asking you to add it to your profile picture. Simply visit Orbis on Facebook and where you see the new profile frame, click ‘try it’. Or you can go directly to, type ‘Orbis’ into the search bar and choose our frame. Please encourage your friends to do the same to stand together in the fight against avoidable blindness.

Also on Facebook, we will be hosting a Facebook Live session with our Global Medical Director, Dr. Jonathan Lord and long-time Volunteer Faculty, Dr. Carlos Solarte, as they come to you live from aboard the Flying Eye Hospital on program in Cameroon at 9am Eastern Standard Time. This is a great opportunity to see the Flying Eye Hospital in action. Share with friends and family as this is a rare opportunity to show off our amazing hospital. Finally, be sure to check out the newsfeed from time to time on World Sight Day. We have a lot of exciting news to share!

Orbis offices around the world are hosting exciting and innovative events to highlight this important day on our global advocacy calendar. For instance, the Orbis Africa team launched a stunning and provocative new television commercial called No Games. The emotive advertisement highlights the memories millions of children with visual impairment may never have and calls viewers to action to help end avoidable blindness for African children. The advertisement will air in South Africa and throughout the continent on the DSTV bouquet of channels. Watch the video below.

Finally, in the run up to World Sight Day, we want to take a moment to acknowledge you, our incredible volunteers, both medical and aviation. Without you, there would be no Orbis. Thank you. Your support is crucial in the fight to end blindness. #MakeVisionCount

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