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ORBIS International Receives Donated PASCAL(R) Photocoagulator From OptiMedica
Date:1/26/2009

Partnership will add new technology to help ORBIS train doctors in the treatment of retinal disorders

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ORBIS International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, has received a donated PASCAL photocoagulator as part of a new partnership with global ophthalmic company OptiMedica Corp. Used to treat a variety of retinal diseases, PASCAL dramatically improves the physician's ability to control the precision, safety and efficiency of the photocoagulation procedure, while minimizing treatment duration, treatment frequency and patient discomfort.

"We are incredibly thankful to OptiMedica for their generous donation. The addition of the PASCAL to the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital will greatly enhance our technical capabilities to treat diabetic retinopathy, which is rapidly affecting a growing number of individuals around the world," said ORBIS Medical Director Hunter Cherwek, M.D.

At least 171 million people have diabetes, and this figure is likely to more than double by the year 2030, to 366 million. After 15 years, about 2 percent of persons with diabetes become blind and about 10 percent develop severe visual loss. After 20 years, more than 75 percent of patients will have some form of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that results from damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, according to the World Health Organization.

Laotians first to benefit from ORBIS and OptiMedica partnership

The Flying Eye Hospital -- a DC-10 aircraft converted into a mobile ophthalmic surgical unit -- has begun the year in Laos, a country ORBIS has never before visited. Through the transfer of
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