Crestron Advances Orbis International’s Mission to Transform Lives Through Access to Quality Eye Health

        Jul 07, 2016

        Crestron Advances Orbis International’s Mission to Transform Lives Through Access to Quality Eye Health

        Donation to Flying Eye Hospital Facilitates Medical Training Around the World

        Rockleigh, NJ, July 7, 2016 – Inspired by Orbis International’s vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind or visually impaired, Crestron has provided Orbis’s new mobile Flying Eye Hospital with AV and automation technology, enhancing the organization’s ability to deliver ophthalmological training to doctors in underserved areas worldwide. The two organizations showcased the capabilities of this state-of-the-art surgical suite at a recent event in Newark, New Jersey.

        A global non-profit organization, Orbis’s mission is to help medical professionals treat the estimated 285 million global cases of blindness and visual impairment. Many of those affected live in areas without access to treatment for common conditions, such as cataracts.

        The Flying Eye Hospital’s medical doctors travel to underserved regions to operate on those that need surgery for these conditions. The plane not only features an operating theatre, laser treatment room, and recovery room, but also has a 46-seat classroom. Because of Crestron’s technology, medical professionals can watch surgeries from the classroom or any other part of the plane. This is facilitated by Crestron’s DigitalMedia platform for managing and sharing AV content.

        With a $300,000 donation of technology and services, Crestron created a fully integrated solution, including AV distribution systems, multimedia processors, cameras, monitors and displays. The entire system is controlled through intuitive Crestron touch screens, and the technology easily fits into the small footprint of the plane. For example, some touch screens can be used both as displays (e.g., for watching videos) and for controlling the environment.

        Crestron technology also enables the Orbis staff to broadcast their training well beyond the Flying Eye Hospital, to hospitals in the region or even around the world. Doctors can see what’s happening in the operating room, plus look under the microscope with the surgeons to view images in 3D.

        “We’re thrilled to see our solutions have such a profound impact on the success of this unique teaching facility,” said Dan Feldstein, Chairman and COO, Crestron. “The systems we donated to the Flying Eye Hospital are in keeping with the work we’ve done in the corporate and residential markets, and we’re extremely proud to be part of such an important mission.”

        “Crestron’s technology is making a significant difference in the scope of medical training we are able to provide,” said Dr. Jonathan Lord, Global Medical Director, Orbis. “The company is helping us to build a global community with unprecedented access to state-of-the-art eye care services.”

        Continuing a partnership that began back in 2013, Crestron’s work with Orbis was the passion project of Dan Feldstein’s father, the late George Feldstein, the company’s founder and former Chairman.

        To watch a video of the Flying Eye Hospital with Crestron technology in action, please click here. For photos and interviews, please contact Will Clark, Warner Communications, at 978 526-1960 or


        About Crestron

        At Crestron we build the technology that integrates technology to deliver exceptional environments and experiences. Our automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of our products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform.

        Our products are backed by more than 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting


        About Orbis

        Orbis is an international non-profit that brings the world together to fight blindness and equip developing nations with the skills, resources and knowledge they need to deliver quality eye care to all their people.

        Orbis® spans the globe to bring people together—expert surgeons and village doctors, community nurses and traditional healers, health ministers and community activists, global foundations and individual donors—so that we can work as one to make sure no one loses their sight to a preventable, treatable disease. For more information visit