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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

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 prioritise eye care
  • eye care is seamlessly incorporated into existing healthcare systems so that eye health contributes to patients’ overall health and well-being, and vice versa
  • quality eye care services are available and accessible where patients need them — whether in rural health centres 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.

Orbis Impact In 2022


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