Eye doctor in surgery.

Volunteer Faculty

Our world renowned Volunteer Faculty are the heartbeat of our training programs, both on the Flying Eye Hospital and in partner hospitals around the world. For more than 30 years, the keystone of our work has been to teach and train eye teams to fight blindness on their own - we couldn't do it without their hard work and dedication.

One of the biggest problems in eye health is the lack of an adequately trained workforce. Our global network of volunteer medical professionals give up their free time each year to share their amazing skills with friends and partners in communities around the world.

In 2019 alone Orbis deployed 144 Volunteer Faculty to train local eye care teams on our Flying Eye Hospital and in local hospitals.

This is the very reason Orbis was formed - to provide ongoing training and support. Comprised of world leading experts in eye health, our global force of 400 volunteer ophthalmologists, nurses, anaesthesiologists and biomedical engineers from over 30 countries, share their skills with local teams to help improve the level of eye care for generations to come.

We're proud to say that our Canadian Volunteer Faculty play a critical role in maintaining Canada's longstanding contribution to saving sight around the world. These dedicated eye health professionals account for more than 20% of Orbis's global network of Volunteer Faculty - the highest number of volunteers per capita of any Orbis-affiliated country.

Dr. Brian Leonard (Ottawa, ON) is the longest serving Orbis Volunteer Faculty and veteran of over 70 programs spanning more than four decades.

By talking to our partner hospitals and their staff, we create teaching programs tailored specifically for their needs. Our volunteers conduct this training and pass on the tools to undertake more complicated procedures, improve surgical outcomes and most importantly of all, restore sight to those in need of assistance.

Our Volunteer Faculty also mentor people from around the world through our telemedicine platform, Cybersight. With 89% of the globe’s blind population living in low income settings, this training is making eye care more accessible where it’s needed most.

Thanks to your support and the help of our Volunteer Faculty, children can see their parents for the first time; an elderly man regains his vision meaning their grandchild can go to school and no longer needs to be a carer; or a mother can receive surgery and return to work to support her family.