The Teachers Become the Students

March 2019

We’d like to say a big thank to one of our longest serving partners - Alcon - for hosting our Flying Eye Hospital team for a week-long training program at the amazing Alcon Experience Centre in Barcelona.

Our team of ophthalmologists, biomedical engineers, anesthesiologists and nurses are used to being the ones giving instructions, rather than receiving them. But for one week, the team got to experience what it’s like to sit on the other side of the classroom.

Since our partnership began nearly 40 years ago, Alcon has donated state-of-the-art ophthalmic equipment, pharmaceuticals and supplies for the Flying Eye Hospital and our partner hospitals around the world.

While most of our collaboration has focused on the Flying Eye Hospital and country programs, our on board team were recently invited to test a new collaboration, this time harnessing Alcon’s state-of-the-art training and education capabilities.

Photo gallery: staying on top of the latest developments

The Orbis team were invited to boost their already first-class knowledge on surgical retina and advanced cataract techniques with 3D imaging, advanced technologies, biometry and clinical research and publishing.

The training offered the perfect blend of theoretical knowledge, surgical skills and training best practices for members of our team who can now take take these skills and share them on our next Flying Eye Hospital trip to Jamaica in April.

Train the trainer

Experiencing life on the other side of the classroom


What Alcon’s unique ‘train-the-trainer’ program does is share the latest in surgical techniques and products as well as empower our own educators to get up to speed with the latest developments in ophthalmic surgery and operating room best practices.

Speaking about the training, Maria Montero, Head Ophthalmologist said: “Alcon has been there for Orbis since the very beginning. I hope this partnership keeps going, that we strengthen it and keep collaborating to help more and more people around the world.

Alcon’s Faustino Vidal Aroca, EMEA Head of Training and Education added: “This week is a strong reflection of our strong commitment to training and education. I am very proud of the results: supporting our colleagues from Orbis to increasing their knowledge in new and advanced technologies and furthering our mission to help people to see better.

Elisa Urucchi, Orbis Staff Nurse told us of her time at the Experience Center: “As trainers we have a responsibility to keep our knowledge up-to-date and Alcon is giving us this opportunity. The beneficiaries will be the communities we will work with this year in Vietnam, Jamaica, and Chile among others.

Alcon partnership

The Orbis and Alcon team join forces at the Alcon Experience Centre in Barcelona

Thanks to partners like Alcon we’re able to continue to offer best-in-class knowledge and skills sharing with local teams around the world.

Support that will not only tackle avoidable blindness today, but help ensure an eye care legacy for generations to come.

A big thank you to Alcon for giving us the opportunity to improve our skills, demonstrating the power of a shared commitment to help the world see.

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