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The problem

About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision (severe or moderate visual impairment).

4 out of 5 blind or visually impaired people are avoidably so -- preventable cause are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden.

About 90% of the world's visually impaired people live in developing countries.


Lack of adequate training for healthcare professionals is a problem around the world. Providing first-rate training is essential to solving this problem, and it's a primary component of our efforts. We conduct our training programs by collaborating with local hospitals, on our Flying Eye Hospital and through Cybersight – our online telehealth portal.

Childhood Blindness

If a child is born with an eye condition or has problems with their sight, their visual perception may not develop fully. It is essential that any problems are treated as early as possible while the brain is still learning to see – up to around seven or eight years old. If we don’t reach a child in time, there is a risk that a child will lose their sight permanently.

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Rural Eye Care

We want to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, can access quality eye care. This is why, as well as strengthening and equipping hospitals, we work at a local level: training and educating communities about eye health – ensuring even the most remote areas receive the best possible treatment and follow up.

Flying Eye Hospital

In the fight against avoidable blindness, every minute matters. The longer someone waits to be treated, the higher their chance of becoming permanently blind. The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital flies our team of elite eye care specialists to developing countries where they share skills and techniques with local medical teams.

Make this minute count