Orbis International is a non-profit non-governmental organization that is now celebrating this year its 37th anniversary of saving the vision of many people worldwide. This organization focuses on preventing and treating blinding diseases in developing countries. The Orbis group of surgeons, nurses, technicians, and support staff treat as well as teach the local professionals the skills to care for those with vision impairments even after the Orbis group departs the visited site. Orbis is headquartered in New York with offices in Toronto, London, Dublin, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore, and Cape Town.
Dr. Lawrence Katzen has had the honor of participating on many Orbis trips throughout the world. This program is very dear to his heart. Being able to provide his skills to save the sight of those who otherwise would be blind and to teach local ophthalmologist the skills to treat their patients is very gratifying to him. Dr. Katzen has been on missions to Malawi (Africa) ’84, Peking (China) ’85, Jamaica ’86, Ankara (Turkey) ’87, Dominican Republic ’87, Isle of Malta ’88, Costa Rica ’90, Cali (Colombia) ’91, Thailand ’92, Lima (Peru) ’95, Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) ’97, Ciego de Avila (Cuba) ’98, and Mandalay 2000. Since 1982, Orbis program has provided sight-saving ophthalmic treatments to more than 2.3 million individuals in 92 counties and has enhanced the skills of more than 325,000 eye care personnel. The Orbis program brings the world together to fight avoidable blindness.
Dr. Katzen has gained an international reputation for his 20-year volunteer involvement as a surgeon with Project Orbis. It is due to his superb surgical skills, FDA clinical trials experience, Project Orbis and his 30 years as Founder and Medical Director of Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center that makes Dr. Katzen the ophthalmologist of choice for many in Palm Beach County and adjacent areas.
Since 1982, the Orbis program has provided optical treatment to more than 2.3 million in 92 countries and has enhanced the skills of more than 325,000 eye care personnel. The Orbis program brings the world together to fight avoidable blindness. It is estimated that 80% of all visual impairment in the world can be avoided or cured. The five main eye conditions responsible for the loss of vision for so many individuals are cataracts (responsible for 65% of world blindness), glaucoma (6 million sufferers), infections, central ulcerations, scarring, and injuries.