Orbis International is a non profit humanitarian organisation that has a
devotion to the prevention of blindness in developing countries.
Currently a specially designed and converted DC-10 aircraft became the world's only Ophthalmic training facility. Being mobile has meant that the medical and training services come to the community.
Since the first flight in 1982, The Flying Eye Hospital has trained 325,000 medical professionals, provided 23.3 million medical and optical treatments to adults and children as well as 925,000 eye surgeries and lasers performed.
In 2012, they completed 4.53 million medical and optical treatments, 55,500 eye surgeries and lasers performed and 20,500 medical professionals were trained.
The 48 seat classroom at the front of the plane and is a place for local eye health care professionals to gather for lectures, discussions and to view live broadcasts of surgical procedures performed on the aircraft operating room. They can also remotely view these surgeries at additional outside classrooms or local hospital.
The DC-10 is going to be replaced with a MD-10. The new aircraft is coming with improved design, increased performance, reduced operating costs and increased audio visual capability.
The Flying Eye Hospital works in the following countries/regions: Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Latin American and the Caribbean, South Africa, Vietnam and Zambia. Prior to the Flying Eye to preselect patients.
Priority is given to children, bilaterally blind individuals who can't afford to have surgery.
Some of the conditions they treat: cataract, childhood blindness, corneal blindness, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinoblastoma, retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus and trachoma. Also, oculopastic surgery is performed and they train local doctors in this surgery. This type of surgery is to help preserve sight and enhance the patients appearance.
The Flying Eye Hospital runs on volunteers. The pilots are current and retired from Fed Ex and United Airlines, there
is also the flight mechanics and aircraft maintenance technicians. Medical volunteers include: ophthalmology specialists,
ophthalmology nurses, biomedical engineers, anesthesiology, healthcare technology, optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmic
photographers and other related eye care fields.
Orbis International has offices in Capetown, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Macau, New York, Shanghai, Taipei and Toronto.