LONDON—Orbis, a global non-governmental organization that works in the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness, and high-tech imaging and data solutions company Heidelberg Engineering are leveraging technology to provide free clinical education for eyecare professionals around the world. In 2024, Heidelberg Engineering is sponsoring three instructional virtual sessions, taking place via Cybersight, the telemedicine and e-learning platform founded by Orbis. The first live co-sponsored virtual session took place in February. It focused on diagnosing, monitoring and managing diabetic retinopathy.

More than 600 eye health professionals in more than 100 countries joined live from locations such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, where eyecare services can be difficult to access.

The virtual sessions for the remainder of 2024 are scheduled for:

● April 12, 2024, 1:00 PM UTC - Improved Perioperative Management of Cataract Surgery Using OCT Technology

● July 19, 2024, 1:00 PM UTC - Using OCT as an Approach to Diagnose Glaucomatous and Other Optic Neuropathies

● November 15, 2024, 2:00 PM UTC - Clinical Technology & Surgical Techniques in the Evolving Management of Corneal Diseases

With the leading causes of avoidable blindness being cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and with 1.9 million people living with corneal disease, these targeted clinical educational sessions will guide eyecare professionals in how optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive imaging test, and other technological advances, can be used to detect, treat and prevent these common causes of sight loss.

“We are so grateful to Heidelberg Engineering for their incredible support of Cybersight. This partnership will help us to globalize the best lectures and professors from across Europe and strengthen our reach to eye health professionals from around the world,” said Dr. Hunter Cherwek, vice president of clinical services and technologies at Orbis. “Orbis has always been at the confluence of technology and training, and our partnership with Heidelberg Engineering allows us to deepen the reach and impact of our mission.”

“Our partnership with Orbis is one way we are bringing to life our mission of empowering clinicians to improve patient care by making best-in-class ophthalmic clinical education and content accessible to all,” said Arianna Schoess Vargas, managing director of Heidelberg Engineering GmbH. “For us to be able to have a role in helping Cybersight improve patient care through education to underserved communities is not only rewarding but a true privilege.”

To reserve a spot in one of the upcoming virtual sessions, click the links below.

April 12, 2024

July 19, 2024

November 15, 2024

It is also possible to access these free webinars in the Cybersight Library after the sessions have taken place.