ORBIS doesn't have an office in Latin America or the Caribbean but does engage in long-term projects. In Jamaica, ORBIS focuses on cataract care and orbital trauma. In Peru, the emphasis is on retinal disease, especially retinopathy of prematurity. ORBIS has also conducted projects in Costa Rica and Guyana.
ORBIS sponsored the Caribbean’s first regional biomedical engineering training workshop in
Jamaica in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministry of Health of
Jamaica and the
College of Clinical Engineering.
Given the high cost of medical equipment and the fact that the majority of malfunctioning equipment can be maintained or rehabilitated for a fraction of the cost of replacement, ORBIS and its partners used this workshop as a forum for developing new strategies to ensure that medical equipment can be repaired using local expertise.
During 2008, through five projects taking place in Peru and Jamaica:
- Nearly 1,400 doctors and other eye care staff received training
- Over 44,500 people received eye examinations
- More than 37,000 children and adults received non-surgical ophthalmic and medical treatment
- Over 2,000 eye surgeries were performed
ORBIS "firsts" in Latin America and the Caribbean
ORBIS has achieved numerous “firsts” in blindness prevention and treatment in Latin America and the
In 1982, the president of
Peru created the country’s first eye bank after watching a corneal transplant onboard the
This little girl was successfully
treated for retinopathy of prema-
turity and no longer faces a world
- ORBIS introduced Cyber-Sight, ORBIS’s telemedicine initiative, to provide worldwide, Internet-based ophthalmic patient consultation for free to any qualified partner in Latin America and the
- Jamaican and Peruvian doctors received training on virtual reality surgery simulators for the first time during
Through ORBIS, ophthalmologists in Latin America and the Caribbean can now receive continuing medical education credit through the
Academy of Ophthalmology for online work completed by Cyber-Sight partners and for virtual reality surgeries
ORBIS partners in Latin America and the
Hospital for Children (
Jamaica) • Caja Costarricense
del Seguro Social (
Costa Rica) • Fundación para Desarrollo del HNN (
Costa Rica) • Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (
Guyana) • Hospital Nacional de Niños (
Costa Rica) • Regional Ophthalmologic Institute of Trujillo (
*Blindness is defined as visual acuity of less than 3/60 or a corresponding visual field loss to less than 10 degrees in the better eye with best possible correction.
** Low vision is defined as visual acuity of less than 6/18 but equal to or better than 3/60, or a corresponding visual field loss to less than 20 degrees in the better eye with best possible correction.