Within the leadup to World Sight Day, world eye care nonprofit Orbis Worldwide and UC Davis Well being announce the launch immediately of a two-week coaching undertaking on board the Flying Eye Hospital – a totally accredited ophthalmic instructing hospital on board a aircraft. Orbis’s scientific workers and volunteer school (medical consultants) together with UC Davis Well being physicians and workers will share their information with practically 50 ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents, nurses, and biomedical engineers from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, serving to them construct expertise to combat avoidable blindness of their communities.

The ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents collaborating within the coaching will hone their expertise utilizing modern ophthalmic surgical simulation coaching expertise on the Flying Eye Hospital, which is at the moment at Moffett Federal Airfield, in Mountain View, California.

The nurses and biomedical engineers may have hands-on coaching on the UC Davis Well being Middle for Simulation and Schooling Enhancement, a state-of-the-art facility targeted on supporting interprofessional medical training and analysis actions, in Sacramento, California. Simulation coaching permits the visiting eye care groups to develop their confidence in a coaching setting earlier than transferring on to real-life surgical procedures. 

A man and a woman are holding a tube in the mouth of a child manikin with medical equipment in the background.
Nurses and biomedical engineers from Latin America will obtain hands-on simulation coaching at UC Davis Well being.

“Orbis has a protracted historical past of coaching eye care professionals in Latin America. After delivering digital trainings all through the pandemic within the area, we’re thrilled to host individuals as soon as once more for in-person coaching on board the Flying Eye Hospital,” stated Derek Hodkey, president and CEO of Orbis Worldwide. “This undertaking represents a beautiful alternative to supply high quality hands-on coaching by means of simulation as a method to combat in opposition to avoidable blindness around the globe.”

“At UC Davis Well being, we’re dedicated to well being fairness and profitable outcomes for sufferers – all over the place,” stated David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Well being. “As a nationally ranked instructing hospital, an essential a part of what we do is share our therapy methods and medical analysis with different suppliers. This partnership with Orbis will present coaching to enhance eye well being and assist stop blindness in locations the place entry to care is proscribed, and suppliers can’t simply make it to California. We’re enthusiastic about sharing our experience on this approach and taking the coaching to locations the place it is going to assist sufferers across the globe.”

David Lubarsky

This partnership with Orbis will present coaching to enhance eye well being and assist stop blindness in locations the place entry to care is proscribed, and suppliers can’t simply make it to California.”David Lubarsky

Studying surgical expertise for cataract removing shall be a serious focus of the coaching for the ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents. Cataracts are the main reason behind blindness in Bolivia and Peru regardless of being treatable with an operation that may take as little as ten to fifteen minutes. Individuals may even study to deal with different situations that threaten imaginative and prescient, together with glaucoma and macular degeneration, respectively the second- and third-most widespread causes of blindness in Bolivia and Peru.

A choose group of those individuals, who’re already extremely skilled ophthalmologists, may even take part in a train-the-trainer course, which can deepen their capability to coach the following technology of eye care professionals. This helps guarantee ongoing continuity of and native entry to eye care of their residence nations.

Nurses will prepare in simulated emergency eventualities, affected person restoration, working room procedures and sterilization practices. As well as, nurses will obtain an orientation to eye banking and get hands-on expertise evaluating corneal tissue at Sierra Donor Providers Eye Financial institution. Senior nurses may even take part in a train-the-trainer course built-in into the nursing coaching program. Biomedical engineers and technicians will prepare in ophthalmic tools upkeep and restore. A part of this coaching will embody a workshop hosted by biomedical engineers from Alcon, a long-time supporter of Orbis.

A man and a woman wearing green medical scrubs stand in front of a white plane with the word “Orbis” painted on the side.
UC Davis Professor James Brandt, left, is a glaucoma skilled and long-time volunteer for Orbis.

Offering sight-saving care to communities in want

This 12 months, Orbis is celebrating 40 years for the reason that Flying Eye Hospital took its first flight. Since 1982, three generations of the Flying Eye Hospital have taken coaching to eye care groups in over 95 nations around the globe. In 2020, Orbis reimagined in-person Flying Eye Hospital trainings as digital ones to make sure that eye care groups might nonetheless entry important coaching safely in the course of the pandemic. Orbis reached 9 nations in 2020 and 34 nations in 2021 by means of digital Flying Eye Hospital initiatives. Because the aircraft has returned to in-person programming, the digital mannequin Orbis developed is getting used together with in-person coaching, an idea generally known as “blended studying,” to make sure that individuals can maximize the time with their mentors, proceed their training after the aircraft leaves and extra. 

Globally, 1.1 billion individuals dwell with imaginative and prescient loss, and 90% of circumstances are fully avoidable. 9 out of ten individuals with imaginative and prescient loss dwell in low- and middle-income nations, the place high quality eye care is usually troublesome, generally unimaginable, to entry. An efficient, lasting answer to this problem is to make sure that eye care professionals in such nations can entry high quality ophthalmic coaching, constructing the talents they should present high quality eye care to sufferers of their communities. 

Over the previous 4 many years, Orbis has carried out tens of hundreds of thousands of eye screenings and carried out eye surgical procedures and laser remedies for lots of of 1000’s of sufferers. Orbis has additionally skilled lots of of 1000’s of eye care professionals in any respect ranges, together with tens of 1000’s of medical medical doctors. The individuals Orbis trains go on to supply sight-saving care of their communities and, in lots of circumstances, go on to coach eye care professionals themselves.

In regards to the UC Davis Eye Middle

The UC Davis Eye Middle offers world-class eye care, pioneers collaborative imaginative and prescient analysis, and trains the following technology of specialists and investigators to turn into leaders within the Sacramento area and past. The Eye Middle crew goals to rework imaginative and prescient care and develop cures for blinding eye ailments, from cornea to cortex. To study extra, go to the web site.

About Orbis

Orbis is a number one world non-governmental group that has been a pioneer within the prevention and therapy of avoidable blindness for 4 many years. Orbis transforms lives by delivering the talents, assets and information wanted to ship accessible high quality eye care. Working in collaboration with native companions, together with hospitals, universities, authorities businesses and ministries of well being, Orbis offers hands-on ophthalmology coaching, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye well being on public well being agendas. Orbis operates the world’s solely Flying Eye Hospital, a totally accredited ophthalmic instructing hospital on board an MD-10 plane, and an award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybersight. For the previous ten consecutive years, Orbis has achieved Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star score for demonstrating robust monetary well being and dedication to accountability and transparency, putting Orbis within the prime 3% of U.S. charities. For the previous two years, Orbis has earned GuideStar’s platinum Seal of Transparency. In 2022, Orbis earned “accredited charity” standing from the Higher Enterprise Bureau by assembly all 20 of their requirements for charity accountability. To study extra, go to the web site.

About Sierra Donor Providers Eye Financial institution

Sierra Donor Providers Eye Financial institution (SDSEB) is a nonprofit donor community coordinating eye restoration, processing, and distribution within the states of California, Nevada and Tennessee. SDSEB’s core function is “to save lots of and improve lives.” They do that by fostering an setting the place selfless professionals are dedicated to life-changing work; their efficiency is measured by the impression they’ve on those that make transplant attainable and people whose life is enhanced by these items. By supporting an area give attention to donors, donor households, and the lives of these impacted, being a steady neighborhood member and placing sufferers first, SDSEB can maximize the Present of Sight. To study extra, go to the web site.


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