Flying Eye Hospital in China
Our new Flying Eye Hospital is gearing up for a new year full of exciting sight-saving voyages and we would like you to join us every step of the way. Step on board the aircraft with our virtual reality tour which puts you right at the heart of the operating theatre! Be sure to have a set of virtual reality googles at the ready to give you the full experience.
Last year we completed a three-week programme in Shenyang, China, working in partnership with the He University Eye Hospital. We have a long history in China and this visit marked the 40th time the Flying Eye Hospital touched down there. Over the years we have travelled to 18 provinces and 22 cities complementing six long-term programmes.
China has a population of 1.38 billion with more than 8 million people who are blind. 90% of children in China are suffering from short sightedness (myopia) and poor vision due to uncorrected refractive error.
We decided to host an event for children suffering from myopia, inviting children on board the aircraft with their guardians to join Dr. Yuan Mingzhen, Director of the Optometry Department at He Optometry Clinic. He guided them through an interactive talk of visuals and games about the causes, prevention, and treatment of myopia. Afterward the children got the chance to tour the new plane.
A major challenge in China is the lack of quality eye care services and staffing, particularly in rural areas. The absence of a national training programme makes it extremely difficult to increase the number and calibre of eye care professionals. Many trainees have limited hands-on training and less than a third of junior ophthalmologists have the opportunity to perform regular surgery after graduation.
With your support, our goal is to strengthen the skills and capacity of local eye care teams and provide screenings and surgeries for adults and children suffering unnecessarily with treatable eye diseases. Because we believe no one should suffer from poor vision simply because of where they were born.