Orbis continues to provide essential and emergency eye care

While much of our routine work has been temporarily suspended and our Flying Eye Hospital is currently grounded, our mission continues! Your ongoing support is helping the wonderful doctors and nurses in our partner hospitals continue to provide essential and emergency eye care services for the people who need it the most.

Without urgent medical attention, some eye conditions - such as glaucoma, retinal detachment or trauma to the eye - can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

In retinoblastoma cases (a rapidly developing cancer), timely treatment can even be a matter of life or death.

Thanks to you, emergency sight-saving care is still being delivered to children and adults in urgent need, whenever and wherever it is safe to do so.

Our telementoring platform – Cybersight – is helping eye care professionals to stay virtually connected and continue learning, while training can’t take place in person. This means they can continue to prioritise urgent care during this time.

As coronavirus places the global health system under a huge amount of stress, we are particularly worried about the additional pressure this is having on already limited eye care services in some countries.

Much will need to be done to address both the backlog of people requiring sight- saving treatments, and the accumulation of people who need screening to diagnose their eye condition. The work local Orbis teams are doing with Ministries of Health, to ensure that eye care programmes are prioritised once the pandemic is over, is more important than ever.

The donations you give to Orbis put us in a strong position to catch up as quickly as possible - as soon as circumstances allow. Because of you, people at risk of losing their sight won’t have to wait for any longer than is necessary to receive treatment. For that very reason we are incredibly grateful.

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