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

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Laos' 25 eye doctors provide services to the nation's 6 million people. With more than 30,000 people blind, the Laotian Ministry of Health has acknowledged human resources as the key impediment to solving the country's problem of avoidable blindness, which is defined as blindness that could have been treated or prevented by known cost-effective means. Currently, there are no in-country subspecialty training programs for ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses or biomedical engineers.

Through the Flying Eye Hospital program, all 25 of the nation's eye care providers are attending ophthalmic training sessions on board the aircraft and at the Vientiane Ophthalmology Centre, the national coordinating body for eye care services. To expand ORBIS' impact and reach, 20 ophthalmologists from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam are joining the program and benefiting from training in the clinical diagnosis of eye diseases, surgical decision-making, incision/laser surgeries and post-operative care.

The Flying Eye Hospital serves as a focal point for ORBIS' educational programs and advocacy efforts. On board, eye care professionals from developing nations work side-by-side with the ORBIS medical team and volunteer teaching faculty to perform surgery, learn new skills and restore sight.

About ORBIS International

ORBIS International is a nonprofit global development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Since 1982, ORBIS programs have benefited people in 86 countries, enhancing the skills of more than 195,000 health care personnel and providing eye care treatment for more than 6.8 million people. To learn more about ORBIS, please visit www.orbis.org.

About OptiMedica

Based in Santa Clara, Calif., OptiMedica Corp. is a global ophthalmic company dedicated to advancing the practice of ophthalmology for the
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