Press Release: Orbis and Heidelberg Engineering team up to deliver free e-learning opportunities

The sight-saving charity and high-tech imaging and data solutions company are leveraging technology to provide free clinical education for eye care professionals around the world

[9th April, London] - In 2024, Heidelberg Engineering is sponsoring three instructional virtual sessions, taking place via Cybersight, the award-winning telemedicine and e-learning platform, founded by Orbis.

  • 12th April 2024, 1:00 PM UTC - Improved Perioperative Management of Cataract Surgery Using OCT Technology
  • 19th July 2024, 1:00 PM UTC - Using OCT as an Approach to Diagnose Glaucomatous and Other Optic Neuropathies
  • 15th November 2024, 2:00 PM UTC - Clinical Technology & Surgical Techniques in the Evolving Management of Corneal Diseases

An OCT scan being demonstrated on board the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital using the Heidelberg Engineering SPECTRALIS OCT

The first live co-sponsored virtual session, took place in February. It focused on diagnosing, monitoring, and managing diabetic retinopathy. Over 600 eye health professionals, in over 100 countries joined live, from locations such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, where eye care services can be difficult to access.

Globally, 1.1 billion people live with vision loss, with 90% residing in low and middle-income countries, in part due to a limited availability of trained eye health professionals to tackle avoidable causes. Cybersight provides an opportunity for all eye health professionals to take part in continued professional development, removing barriers such as cost or location.

With the leading causes of avoidable blindness being cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy and with 1.9 million people living with corneal disease, these targeted clinical educational sessions will guide eye care professionals in how optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive imaging test, and other technological advances, can be used to detect, treat, and prevent these common causes of sight loss.

Dr Daniel Neely, Senior Medical Consultant for Cybersight, Orbis’s award-winning telemedicine and e-learning platform, demonstrates the service onboard the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Dr Hunter Cherwek


We are so grate­ful to Hei­del­berg Engi­neer­ing for their incred­i­ble sup­port of Cyber­sight. This part­ner­ship will help us to glob­alise the best lec­tures and pro­fes­sors from across Europe and strength­en our reach to eye health pro­fes­sion­als from around the world. Orbis has always been at the con­flu­ence of tech­nol­o­gy and train­ing and our part­ner­ship with Hei­del­berg Engi­neer­ing allows us to deep­en the reach and impact of our mission.”

Arianna Schoess Vargas


Our part­ner­ship with Orbis is one way we are bring­ing to life our mis­sion of empow­er­ing clin­i­cians to improve patient care by mak­ing best-in-class oph­thalmic clin­i­cal edu­ca­tion and con­tent acces­si­ble to all. For us to be able to have a role in help­ing Cyber­sight improve patient care through edu­ca­tion to under­served com­mu­ni­ties is not only reward­ing but a true privilege.”

Orbis has been transforming lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for four decades. With a network of partners across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the charity is working to make eye care available everywhere, for everyone, so that no one has to experience the consequences of avoidable blindness and sight loss.

To reserve your free slot, click the links below to sign up:

It is also possible to access these free webinars in the Cybersight Library after the sessions have taken place.


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