2020- Orbis


Orbis changes the way the world sees by preventing and treating avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The charity trains and mentors local eye care teams, educates communities, and partners with hospitals, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and governments to save sight and transform lives around the world.


We provide specialist training and equipment for doctors, nurses and eye care teams through our long-term programmes, on board the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital with our world class medical volunteers, and via our award-winning online training platform, Cybersight. We educate and inspire local communities about the importance of eye health, with initiatives including film screenings and radio broadcasts. We also screen for and treat eye conditions in those communities. Partnering with local hospitals, Non-Government Organisations (NOs) and governments, we strengthen and improve eye health services. Our comprehensive approach to tackling avoidable blindness saves sight and transforms lives around the world.


The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a state-of the-art ophthalmic teaching hospital onboard a customised MD-10 aircraft. It is a fully-integrated training facility, with an operating theatre, recovery room, and audio-visual equipment to transmit live surgeries to a 46-seat classroom at the front of the plane. It also broadcasts webinars, providing a valuable training resource for eye care professionals wherever they need it.

Every year, the Flying Eye Hospital visits countries around the world, partnering with local hospitals to deliver specialist training via our volunteers, to carry out treatments and raise vital awareness about the importance of eye health.


Cybersight is Orbis’s award-winning online training and mentorship platform. It enables the charity’s global network of expert volunteers to provide on-demand, one-to-one mentoring for local eye care professionals wherever they are in the world. The platform broadcasts live lectures and surgeries from the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital and provides a library of freely available training content. It also broadcasts live lectures from experts’ medical practices around the world.

Enabling access to expert eye care training in regions where a physical presence may not be possible, Cybersight contributes to Orbis’s worldwide effort to prevent and treat avoidable blindness.