NEW YORK, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Orbis, best known for its state-of-the-art Flying Eye Hospital—the world's only ophthalmic teaching hospital aboard a DC-10 aircraft—was recognized as a Champion for Vision at the annual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) meeting in Vancouver, Canada last week.
The award is given jointly by the Children's Eye Foundation and AAPOS to celebrate extraordinary efforts in championing children's vision.
"An organization that began as a plane now operates long-term programs in 18 countries across Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Orbis is probably best known for its unique education and training tools, the Flying Eye Hospital, Cybersight and also the largest global cadre of over 400 volunteer professionals," said AAPOS President M. Edward Wilson, MD, at the award presentation.
Danielle Bogert, Director of Global Faculty Relations and Clinical Services for Orbis, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
"I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the Orbis team and our dedicated network of volunteer faculty who generously donate their time and talent in making our program efforts possible," Bogert said. "We are extremely grateful to AAPOS for this recognition and the active support and partnership we receive from the membership."
Orbis invited its very first pediatric ophthalmologist to volunteer aboard the Flying Eye Hospital in 1986 (Dr. Eugene Helveston, AAPOS Past President) with the aim of sharing the latest ophthalmic instruction and education in pediatric eye care. Thirty years later, Orbis is now considered one of the leading eye care NGO's with the establishment of over 50 pediatric eye care centers across the globe.
"What's most important to recognize about Orbis is the organization's dedication and commitment to children's eye health," Wilson said.
Orbis transforms lives through access to quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health, Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for supportive policies. Orbis envisions a world where no one is needlessly blind or visually impaired. To learn more about Orbis, please visit www.orbis.org.
About American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
AAPOS is the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. The organization's goals are to advance the quality of children's eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology, and advance the care of adults with strabismus. More information can be found at www.aapos.org.
Communications Associate, Orbis
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