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The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital Returns To India For A Two-Week Ophthalmic Training Program

With support from Alcon and FedEx the Program Aims to S trengthen Ophthalmic Pediatric Services in Eastern and Northeastern India

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ORBIS Flying Eye hospital (FEH) is visiting Kolkata for the fourth time to conduct an intensive and comprehensive training and skills exchange program aimed at strengthening ophthalmic services in Eastern  and Northeast India. Alongside its longtime sponsors, Alcon and FedEx, the ORBIS program is focused on improving the delivery of pediatric ophthalmic services in the region, including the development of a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) referral system. The program will also help raise public attention on the eye care conditions and challenges faced in India.


The  India Childhood Blindness Initiative (ICBI), a flagship program of ORBIS in India, was launched in 2002 to help ensure that India's children have access to quality eye care for generations to come. In the last 10 years, 30 pediatric ophthalmology centers have been established across 17 states. 

"Through projects like the India Childhood Blindness Initiative and Save Your Sight campaign,  ORBIS has been working to help improve the quality of ophthalmic services, influence policies  and raise awareness around eye care conditions in India," said Dr. Rahul Ali, the ORBIS India Country Director. "ORBIS is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors Alcon and FedEx, and we thank them for helping us continue the work to eliminate avoidable blindness and deliver the highest standards of training."

In partnership with the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Susrut Eye Foundation and Research Center, Disha Eye Hospital and Sankara Nethralaya, the program will provide Indian eye care professionals including optometrists, nurses, anesthesiologists and biomedical engineers with continued medical education. Ophthalmologists will benefit from advanced subspecialty training in the areas of pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma, neuro opthalmology, uveitis, cornea and surgical and medical retina.

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