Los Angeles, CA, September 12, 2011 – Optovue's philanthropic arm, The Eye-Give Foundation, which is dedicated to providing advanced imaging and diagnostic technology to sight-saving organizations around the world, officially announced the donation of an iVue and iStand to ORBIS in October 2010.
ORBIS's renowned Flying Hospital, a DC-10 which has been flying since 1982 has conducted programs in 89 countries, landed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on September 12, 2011 for a U.S. Good Will Tour. The installation of the Optovue diagnostic equipment took place during this tour, just prior to the Flying Eye Hospital program to take place in Trujillo, Peru.
Founder and President & CEO, Jay Wei noted, “Optovue has enjoyed tremendous success since introducing the first FD/SD-OCT system in the US, and I have always had the dream of making advanced OCT technology available to everyone in the world. That dream has moved forward another step in making this imaging technology available to more levels of eye healthcare where advanced systems are not economically feasible. We wish to extend that reach even further through our company's own philanthropic group, The Eye-Give Foundation, by providing this compact system to the organizations around the world dedicated to fighting eye disease in areas where access to newer technology is limited.”
ORBIS International is dedicated to saving sight worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, 39 million people worldwide are blind, yet 80 percent of those suffer needlessly from preventable or treatable conditions.
During the September Flying Eye Hospital program in Trujillo, Peru, ophthalmologists, nurses, and eye care technicians gathered around Dr. Amna-Noor Al –Gallas as she explained and performed an OCT exam to one of the patients using the latest addition of equipment on the Flying Eye Hospital.
“It was very easy to use the iVue from Optovue, and it was a very valuable addition as a diagnostic tool to our machines and equipment on board the Flying Eye Hospital, that not only increases the chances of better evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different eye diseases that cause avoidable blindness, but also made the teaching and training experience to local Ophthalmic community richer and more exciting and informative,” said Amna-Noor Al-Gallas, MD, staff ophthalmologist for the Flying Eye Hospital.
About ORBIS International
ORBIS International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local health care organizations in an effort to eliminate avoidable blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please visit The Eye-Give Foundation at http://www.eye-give.org/
Jennifer Berman, ORBIS International, Jennifer.Berman@orbis.org,1-646-674-5532