New England College of Optometry and Orbis Announce Partnership

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis International (Orbis) have just announced their formal partnership to address the global unmet need for refractive and low vision services, “with the goal of reducing avoidable visual impairment in low-income regions of the world.”

If you’re not familiar, NECO prepares students for careers as an eye care provider, educator, and innovator through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences.

On the other hand, Orbis is an international non-profit committed to the elimination of avoidable blindness through healthcare provider training.

This partnership between Orbis and NECO will expand Orbis’s impact through its Flying Eye Hospital, hospital-based trainings, community partnerships, and telehealth programs.

Through this collaboration, NECO will develop and implement optometry training as part of on-site joint programs with Orbis and online learning through Cybersight, Orbis’s virtual training and mentorship portal.

President Clifford Scott, OD, MPH notes, “the exquisite fit of these two respected organizations will provide a template for other vision and eye care training programs across the globe.”

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