Trainees giving thumbs up as they work on an eye training dummy in Peru

Changing the way the world sees

April 2018

Thanks to your support we're always on the lookout for new ways to use technology to help build the skills of eye teams in communities around the world. By constantly innovating we're able to reach more people - more efficiently - than ever before.

Via our award winning telemedicine platform we have just launched three new eLearning courses designed to provide ongoing training and mentorship to anyone, any where in the world. The courses are free to access, all you need is an internet connection.

The new courses take an innovative approach to ophthalmic teaching by combining both hands-on and online training. Our Volunteer Faculty are currently providing best-in-class hands-on training to eye teams in Peru on board our Flying Eye Hospital. These new courses will provide additional online support and be available for anyone to access via the Cybersight library.

Studies have proven that blended learning improve skills and learning outcomes better than to any other method.

The courses — “Fundamentals in MSICS,” “Fundamentals of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus,” and “Ophthalmic Nursing Fundamentals” — are firsts in a series designed to cover fundamentals across ophthalmic disciplines and subspecialties.

Orbis has already put this into practice by collaborating with the International Council of Ophthalmology to deliver an online Faculty Development Program that includes blended-learning in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country where we currently don't have any active projects. Blended courses will also begin in Bolivia shortly with our partner the National Institute of Ophthalmology. The first blended course in pediatrics will also be piloted in Ethiopia later this year.

A lecture takes place on board our Flying Eye Hospital in Peru

Peru: Lectures on board our Flying Eye Hospital are broadcast all around the world

“At Orbis, we’ve been using Cybersight, the Flying Eye Hospital, and hospital based trainings as distinctive platforms to build on the skills of eye care teams around the world. Orbis has now started creating course content that can stand alone for online learners and can be accessed from anywhere, but is best when paired with hands-on training in a blended learning approach.”

Amelia Geary

Director, Program Development & Quality

The Alcon Foundation, a longtime global corporate partner of Orbis, generously funded both the pediatrics and nursing courses, and is providing funding for the development of “Fundamentals in Phacoemulsification” and “Fundamentals in Glaucoma” courses allotted for 2018.

We believe that education and training are critical to increasing sustainable access to care. For nearly 40 years, we have been proud supporters of Orbis’s innovative training and service delivery programs, and we are excited to see the impact of these telemedicine courses.

Melissa Thompson

Alcon Foundation President

We'd like to say a big thank you to Alcon for their support and share their excitement for the future of eye care in low and middle income countries.

Thanks to the ongoing contribution of our partners and supporters we're now able to offer best-in-class training more regularly and more effectively than ever before.

Find out more about the courses here.