Below, explore our history of using innovation to fight avoidable blindness, and see how far we have come in 40 years thanks to our commitment to this innovative approach.
It was March 1, 1982, when our iconic Flying Eye Hospital took off on its first ever sight-saving project. 四十年来, we have continually harnessed the power of innovation to reach new heights in the fight against avoidable blindness.
这一切都始于一个巨大的挑战和一个更大的想法. Around the world, millions of people lose their sight because they can’t access the care they need, while eye care teams struggle to get training to help them care for patients in their communities.
We realized that if we could bring training from the world’s best eye care professionals directly to the eye care teams that need it most, BG真人可以改变世界的看法. So in 1982, we decided to put a teaching hospital on a plane and call it the Flying Eye Hospital. This way, our amazing team of world-leading volunteers could equip local eye health professionals with the skills and know-how to deliver quality eye care in their own communities.
Along the way, we’ve kitted out our aircraft with the latest training technology – like simulators that allow eye care professionals to practice for surgery just like pilots practice for flight.
Cybersight’s artificial intelligence tool can detect abnormalities often associated with common eye diseases by analyzing images of the eye taken during a routine exam and provide results in seconds. 对于那些长途跋涉去做检查的病人来说, quick results can make all the difference in whether they get follow-up care.
We have also collaborated to develop a first-of-its-kind virtual reality simulator that has the potential to help eye surgeons build their skills at a fraction of the cost of existing simulators.
Discover more about some of the tools at the heart of the Orbis innovation story that have helped maximize our impact!
通过创新，比如BG真人的飞行眼科医院项目, 专门的乡村节目和Cybersight, we have been able to ensure a brighter tomorrow for millions and change lives in places where quality eye care is more difficult to access.
Below, read about four of the lives we've been able to transform thanks to our culture of innovation as well as the kindness of our wonderful supporters.
Globally, 1.有10亿人患有视力丧失. 这是一个大问题，但也是一个很容易解决的问题. 事实上，90%的疾病是可以避免的. Existing prevention methods and treatments – such as ophthalmic surgeries, antibiotics, and eyeglasses – could restore sight to millions of children and adults around the world.
在增加眼科保健方面取得了巨大进展. In 2017, 专家预测,, without action, global blindness would triple to nearly 115 million people by 2050. Thanks to the efforts of organizations like Orbis and others in the eye care community, 三倍的增长已经被抵消.
Despite this progress, eye care needs have still been urgent and rapidly growing. 随着人们寿命的延长, 随着世界人口的增长, and as lifestyle changes cause an uptick in conditions like diabetic retinopathy and myopia (near-sightedness), we are seeing a growing number of people with sight-threatening conditions who need eye care, 到2050年，全球失明人数预计将达到6000万人.
The number of people in need of eye care is outpacing the number of trained ophthalmologists. An increase in the number of skilled eye care professionals as well as high-quality training and mentoring opportunities are urgently needed if we are to meet rising demands and ensure that no one loses their sight from preventable or treatable causes.
Our innovative and sustainable solutions are designed to have exponential impact to meet this growing need. We train eye care teams in areas with the greatest need to fight avoidable blindness in their communities.
Those who receive training go on to provide sight-saving care for many people over the course of their careers, 在某些情况下，还会继续培训更多的眼科医护人员. 阅读下面这些现实生活中的例子吧.
当大流行打乱了一切, our culture of innovation meant we were ready for new ways of working when it mattered most. We made the difficult decision to postpone in-person Flying Eye Hospital projects. But we knew we still needed to keep our mission in flight - quickly pivoting to a virtual model so that eye care professionals could still grow their skills safely.
使用Cybersight进行, virtual Flying Eye Hospital projects use a combination of pre-learning modules, 录制和现场讲座, 和讨论会议. Each project is tailored to the training needs of local ophthalmologists, 眼科居民, nurses, 生物医学工程师和技术人员.
The virtual projects have allowed us to train eye care professionals in more than three dozen countries since 2020 – even more countries than originally anticipated with our in-person flight plans.
While we may have adapted programs during the pandemic out of necessity, the innovative solutions we developed have not been just short-term fixes – they are ones we're scaling and that will enrich our programs going forward.
We still believe that the best way to fight avoidable blindness and vision impairment is to bring people together to share knowledge, skills, and support. 改变的是，今天，BG真人有更多的方法来做到这一点.
远程医疗使BG真人比以往任何时候都能接触到更多的人, including many in areas where the Flying Eye Hospital simply cannot go. We can put quality training programs in the hands of any eye care professional with an internet connection and a smartphone, 哪些是低收入国家普遍且负担得起的.
除了提供培训, telemedicine can be used to facilitate remote patient consultations in many cases, 减少昂贵和不必要的病人旅行. And artificial intelligence can aid eye care professionals in ensuring more of their patients have common eye conditions diagnosed early, 当视力下降更容易预防.
We’re on the right path – but much more can, and must, be done. 世界正以前所未有的速度进化, and so are the threats and challenges to quality and accessible eye care. To prevent the growth of global blindness to 60 million by 2050, we must continue to innovate while scaling up our most impactful programs.
Alongside our commitment to continue investing in technology and innovation, our programs will focus on the priority areas of children’s eye care; eliminating blinding trachoma; supporting community-based eye care services, especially making them accessible for vulnerable and marginalized people and populations; and building the capacity of eye health teams globally.
As Orbis looks towards the future amidst a rapidly changing public health landscape, we are undaunted by the challenges ahead and resolute in our mission to save sight around the world.
非常感谢所有支持BG真人的人, partners and volunteers who have enabled us to fight avoidable blindness with the same innovative spirit we began our work with 40 years ago.
With your help, we can continue to change the way the world sees – together.
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