Orbis unveils Flying Eye hospital to fight blindness

Orbis has unveiled its new Flying Eye Hospital on an MD-10 aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport, the company said.

More than six years in the making, the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is a mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an aircraft. The hospital combines the latest in avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise and features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities enabling Orbis, with their volunteer faculty, to train more doctors, more nurses and healthcare professionals.

More than 285 million people are visually impaired, and four out of five suffer from preventable conditions. Ninety percent of these people live in developing countries where they cannot access sight-saving treatments that many take for granted in the USA. For more than 30 years, Orbis has helped countries build the skills and resources they need to prioritize and deliver quality eye care to their local communities.

A team of over 400 medical volunteers from 30 countries, accomplishes this by training local medical teams both in their hospitals and on the Flying Eye Hospital, emphasizing quality and safety standards for patient care.

The MD-10 aircraft housing the new Flying Eye hospital was donated to Orbis by aviation sponsor, FedEx, and has been custom designed. It is the only non-land-based hospital that is US accredited by the AAAASFI (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International), and it is equipped with everything the Orbis medical team needs to provide hands-on training to local eye care professionals and convey the know-how to save and restore sight for patients in their own countries. The Orbis medical focus ranges from cataract–the world´s leading cause of avoidable blindness–to refractive errors, diabetes-related conditions, glaucoma, strabismus and more.

From 2011-2015, Orbis work has facilitated 10,000 trainings of doctors, 104,000 trainings of nurses, biomedical engineers and other health care workers, and 11.6 million screenings and eye exams either on the Flying Eye hospital or at Orbis in-country partner hospitals.

Orbis is a global, non-governmental nonprofit that fights blindness around the world.