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Take A 360-Degree Tour Of An Eye Hospital Curing Blindness At 30k Feet

Over 340,000 eye surgeries have been performed.

29/11/2016 16:32 | Updated 4 days ago

This is the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, an astonishing aircraft that is capable of curing blindness, teaching those how to cure blindness and educating people so they can prevent it in the first place.

The aircraft was donated in full by FedEx and will travel to countries like Peru, Mongolia, China and Zambia, offering either emergency medical care or educational facilities.

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To help further knowledge about the plane and its mission Orbis have released a special 360-degree tour which is narrated by Oscar nominated actor Djimon Hounsou.

The modified MD10 is a marvel of engineering and efficiency, cramming a huge number of facilities into a space remarkably compact. 

On board you’ll find:

  • A 46-seat Classroom
  • Administration Room
  • Audiovisual/IT Room - so surgery, filmed and broadcast in 3D, can be streamed
  • Laser Treatment Room, with a cataract simulator training machine
  • Observation Area
  • Operating Room
  • Sterilisation Room
  • Recovery Room

The concept of the Flying Eye Hospital has been going since 1982 when Orbis launched their first ever converted DC8 aircraft.

In that time their evolving fleet of aircraft have visited over 78 countries and in the last five years alone the previous aircraft and its other facilities have trained over 100,000 doctors, nurses and biomedical engineers.

Orbis

Over 340,000 eye surgeries have been performed, 90,000 of which were carried out on children.

More than 285 million people around the world are visually impaired with 90 per cent of those affected being in developing countries.

As Orbis points out, 80 per cent of all visual impairment is preventable or treatable.

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    Construction begins on the newly donated MD-10.
  • Orbis
    Construction begins on the newly donated MD-10.
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    Construction begins on the newly donated MD-10.
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    Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Program - Shenyang, China - September 5-23, 2016 -- Dr. Sanjay Saikia, veteran Orbis crew member and current volunteer faculty anestesiologist from King's College Hospital in London, tended to patients in the recovery room on the Flying Ee Orbis partner hospital, He University Eye Hospital (HUEH) was founded in 1995 and is the only advanced eye institute in the region that encompasses medical, teaching, and research capabilities.
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    Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Program - Shenyang, China - September 5-23, 2016 -- Dr. Jeffrey Caspar of University of California Davis, slips into the classroom after a Phaco and IOL implant procedure and gives a quick lecture to local physicians from the He University Eye Hospital.
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    Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Program - Shenyang, China - September 5-23, 2016 -- Veteran anesthetist, Dr. Ian Fleming of King's College Hospital in London screened patients selected for eye surgery and served on the new MD-10 third generation Flying Eye Hospital during Week 1 of the three week program. Orbis partner hospital, He University Eye Hospital (HUEH) was founded in 1995 and is the only advanced eye institute in the region that encompasses medical, teaching, and research capabilities.
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