We are an international NGO that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and inspire local eye care teams to fight blindness in their own communities. We believe that no one should live a life of unnecessary blindness, simply because of where they were born.


Our mission is to use our amazing network of partners, supporters, staff and sector leading volunteers to empower local communities with the skills and resources necessary to fight blindness on their own. We work alongside eye teams in communities to provide training and guidance to leave a long-term eye care legacy that will restore vision for generations to come.

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We build our networks on trust and commitment and seek to collaborate with corporate partners, fellow NGOs and local hospitals. We have made a promise to local eye teams to always strive for excellent, sustainable results that will suit their specific needs.

Changing the Way the World Sees

At Orbis, we care deeply for the communities we serve. Whether they’re in Ethiopia, Vietnam or Peru -- our vision is to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities by helping lift them from the grip of blindness.


With the help of our incredible donors, partners and supporters, we have been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of blindness for more than 35 years. Since 1982, we have conducted training programs in 92 countries and trained hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, biomedical engineers and other medical professionals. 

We currently have over 40 long-term projects around the world in 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.

As a result of our work in some of the poorest and most remote regions of the world, we have changed the lives of countless men, women and children. In 2017 alone, we made a profound difference in the lives of millions of people suffering from, or at risk of, visual impairment or blindness. 

We work where the need for eye care is greatest and where we can do the most good. We partner, and work collaboratively with, governments, health ministries and other local health agencies to cement a lasting legacy of high-quality eye care for people who might otherwise suffer in darkness.

We strive for excellence in everything we do - from our world leading Volunteer Faculty and our state-of-the-art Flying Eye Hospital, to our rich hospital-based training programs and our innovative telemedicine platform, Cybersight.  

Find out more about our history and the people who dedicate their lives to fighting avoidable blindness: