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The world's only Flying Eye Hospital has returned to Ireland for first time in 10 years

Run by Orbis, the charity trains healthcare workers and provides eye surgery across the world.

orbis The Orbis is currently at Dublin Airport, where the public are being invited in for tours Source: Orbis via Facebook

THE WORLD’S ONLY airborne eye hospital has arrived at Dublin Airport, making its first stop in Ireland in 10 years.

The Flying Eye Hospital arrives in Dublin to help raise awareness and funds for the charity Orbis, which brings ophthalmic training and sight-saving care to isolated communities across the world.

The plane provides hands-on training to local eye care professionals in developing nations and includes a fully accredited surgical suite, treatment rooms and a 46-seat classroom.

orbis 2 Source: Orbis via Twitter

It also features state-of-the-art technology such as a 3D camera in its operating theatre’s microscope, which allows healthcare workers to watch surgery being performed in the classroom next door.

The charity has helped to treat around 2.2 million people with the Flying Eye Hospital to date and, by 2019, it hopes to conduct a further 17,000 eye surgeries in the specially designed MD-10 aircraft.

This aircraft was completed last June and is the third iteration of the Flying Eye Hospital since the charity began in the 1970s.

Before it goes on its next mission, the charity is arranging tours of the aircraft from today until Sunday and, although the tours are now fully booked up, you can add your name to a waiting list should positions become available here.

Posted by on Tuesday, 20 October 2020

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