- How the interior of the aircraft was transformed to look like a hospital
- How students in the classroom can watch surgeries in real time, thanks to the most advanced technology available
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with an operating room, classroom and recovery room, marrying medicine and aviation. The Flying Eye Hospital was once a cargo plane, and the interior was completely transformed to be a flying hospital. Thanks to our generous and compassionate supporters, the Flying Eye Hospital has been a call to action for better eye care around the world for more than three decades. Wherever it lands, it raises awareness, creates change and rallies supporters – from local governments, global organizations, philanthropists, to the general public – to join the global fight to end avoidable blindness.
The aircraft has a space to train doctors, nurses and medical technicians, working in partnership with local hospitals to understand skills shortages, and work where is seen best fit. The aircraft is fitted with the latest medical equipment and is linked up through an advanced audio visual system, meaning surgeries are broadcasted to the classroom live. The Flying Eye also features a Mobile Simulation Center which uses virtual reality, cutting-edge prosthetics, and highly sophisticated, life-like mannequins to build confidence before doing a real surgery.