New virtual training tackles vision loss from glaucoma


“For more than 30 years, FedEx has proudly supported Orbis in the fight against preventable blindness,” said Justin Brownlee, SVP Aviation Safety, Technology & Business Operations, FedEx Express. “We are committed to helping local communities thrive. Our continued support of Orbis gives them access to our unique capabilities. Our goal is to help raise awareness of Orbis’ eye health expertise and established footprint in the region, to improve access to quality eye care. in Vietnam.”

Glaucoma is the result of damage to the nerve connecting the eye to the brain caused by pressure from fluid buildup in the eye. The ten-week virtual Flying Eye Hospital project launching today will allow participating ophthalmology residents to focus on mastering each specific step of a procedure known as a trabeculectomy – a surgery that creates a new pathway for this fluid inside the eye to be drained – and to discuss surgical case management for their patients.

Training will be delivered in Vietnamese through the completion of relevant pre-learning courses on Orbis’ telemedicine platform, Cybersight; live interactive lectures given weekly by volunteer Orbis faculty (medical experts); and simulation training. After each live session, course participants will practice the surgical step they learned about this week on artificial eyes before submitting a video of themselves performing the simulated technique for faculty review and feedback. volunteer.

Simulation training uses devices such as artificial eyes to allow complex surgical procedures to be broken down into smaller parts, giving eyecare professionals the ability to practice each step as many times as they need to do them right. things, which is not possible with a real patient. This reduces the learning curve for difficult techniques, speeds up skill acquisition and improves patient outcomes.

The Flying Eye Hospital at Orbis is the only fully accredited eye teaching hospital in the world aboard an MD-10 aircraft. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Flying Eye Hospital has traveled the world to provide top-notch education to eye care professionals in more than 95 countries. In 2020, Orbis redesigned Flying Eye Hospital in-person trainings as virtual trainings to ensure eye care teams can still access critical training safely during the pandemic. Orbis reached nine countries in 2020 and 34 countries in 2021 through Flying Eye Hospital virtual projects.

“The virtual training projects made possible by our amazing volunteers and supporters have allowed us to digitally expand our impact and will continue to be a vital part of our programming, although we look forward to a return to in-person training on the Flying Eye Hospital later this year,” said Derek Hodkey, President and CEO of Orbis International. “The generous support of sponsors like FedEx has allowed us to not only continue, but to enhance our ophthalmology training for eye care teams around the world who need it most.”

FedEx has supported Orbis for more than 30 years in the fight against preventable blindness through more than $22 million in donations and in-kind transfers. Last year, FedEx announced its renewed commitment to the Orbis sight rescue mission with a $3.5 million donation to help provide financial, logistical and operational support to the organization and its Flying Eye Hospital over the next five years. FedEx has played an indispensable role in helping Orbis accomplish its mission by providing aircraft parts, maintenance and pilot training. Additionally, FedEx donated the MD-10 aircraft that serves as the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital, and the aircraft is flown by FedEx pilots who volunteer their time to navigate the aircraft around the world. on Orbis projects. The virtual project sponsorship launched today is part of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 campaign to positively impact 50 million people worldwide by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023.

Orbis has started collaborating with from vietnam eye communities through hospital projects in 1996 and established a permanent office in Hanoi in 2003. Orbis provided the highest level of expertise to support the development of eye care and blindness prevention services in Vietnam, particularly in the areas of retinopathy of prematurity, pediatric care, cataract services and glaucoma treatments. In 2020, Orbis and its partners trained more than 174,000 people in Vietnam on how to protect their eyesight, conducted more than 41,000 community eye screenings and exams, performed more than 9,200 eye surgeries, and trained 225 eye health professionals and community health workers.

About Orbis

Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has pioneered the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for four decades. Orbis transforms lives by providing the skills, resources and knowledge needed to provide accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners, including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health, Orbis provides practical training in ophthalmology, strengthens health infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health in programs. of public health. Orbis operates the only Flying Eyes Hospitala fully accredited eye teaching hospital on board MD-10 aircraft and an award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybervision. Over the past ten consecutive years, Orbis has achieved Charity NavigatorThe coveted four-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency, placing Orbis in the top 3% of US charities. In 2021, Orbis won GuideStarthe platinum seal of transparency. To learn more, visit

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) offers customers and businesses around the world a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With an annual turnover of $92 billion, the company provides integrated business solutions through collectively competitive operating companies, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 600,000 team members to stay focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards, and the needs of their customers and communities. . FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world in responsible and resourceful ways, with the goal of achieving carbon neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, visit about

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