Saliou from Yaoundé, Cameroon, can see again after cataract removal surgery


We are a global charity that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness. With our network of partners we mentor, train and inspire local teams to fight blindness in their own communities. We believe that no one should live a life of unnecessary blindness, simply because of where they were born.

Changing the Way the World Sees

Our mission is to use our amazing network of partners, supporters, staff and sector leading volunteers to empower local communities with the skills and resources necessary to fight blindness on their own. We work alongside eye teams in communities to provide training and guidance to leave a long-term eye care legacy that will restore vision for generations to come.

We build our networks on trust and commitment and seek to collaborate with corporate partners, fellow non-governmental organisations and local hospitals. We have made a promise to local eye teams to always strive for excellent, sustainable results that will suit their needs.

Changing the way the world sees

At Orbis we care deeply for the communities we serve. Whether they’re in Ethiopia, Vietnam or Peru, our vision is to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities by helping lift them from the grip of blindness.

Orbis in the Middle East

The Orbis in the Middle East Team is a part of Orbis UK, an affiliate of Orbis International. We are dedicated to raising awareness of avoidable blindness throughout the region and manage our vital relationships with donors and partners such as The Qatar Fund for Development, Qatar Charity and Qatar Airways.

In 2016 we established the Qatar Creating Vision initiative, thanks to an $8 million donation from the Qatar Fund for Development. The four year programme was designed to drive down the high rates of avoidable blindness of children within India and Bangladesh. Over the years, 6.7 million eye tests and treatments have been delivered. In addition, the programme expanded in 2018 to support the Rohingya and local host communities in South East Bangladesh, many of whom had never had access to eye care before.

Global Impact In 2022

We work where the need for eye care is greatest and where we can do the most good. In almost four decades, we have conducted training projects in over 92 countries, over 78 with our unique Flying Eye Hospital. We always work closely with governments and health ministries to deliver quality eye care.

We strive for excellence in everything we do, from our world leading volunteers to our state-of-the-art Flying Eye Hospital. Only the best training and practices will be passed on.

Find out more about our history and the people who dedicate their lives to fighting blindness.

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