Orbis Don't Look Away

Orbis Don't Look Away

Open your eyes to curable blindness

by Orbis

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The Story

Imagine that you’re blind, but you have the opportunity to undergo surgery to restore your vision. Although more than 39 million people worldwide are candidates for this surgery, many simply can’t afford it. That’s why Orbis, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and treat blindness, started the “Don’t Look Away” campaign. Visitors to the campaign site watch a video through the eyes of a child who has just had the life-changing surgery. As the doctor unwraps the eye bandages, the patient sees his or her mother for the first time. The hope is that the campaign will encourage viewers to donate much-needed funds.

  • Orbis Don't Look Away
  • Orbis Don't Look Away

The campaign site uses HTML5 to operate the video and WebRTC to manage the webcam, which can detect a user’s eyes and face. When the person looks away from the computer, the film goes dark. Users are urged to share the experience through their social media channels.

The Technology

  • Facebook

The Results

Launch date: April 29, 2014

The campaign received more than 95K views in the first four weeks, and its donations covered the cost of 14K eye operations to cure blindness.


Million donated to the charity


Countries reached



The Team

Ogilvy Hong Kong
  • Reed Collins, Chief Creative Officer
  • Paul Suters, Senior Creative Director/Copywriter
  • John Koay, Creative Director/Art Director

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