World Sight Day 2016
Today is World Sight Day, a global event to help bring attention to blindness and vision impairment across the world We want to take this opportunity to celebrate with you the amazing potential of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital as a means to help bring the world together to fight blindness.
The Flying Eye Hospital not only provides world class training to the entire eye care team in the very communities that need it most – it also acts as a flying beacon – raising awareness and bringing hope wherever it lands. It was designed by experts in the fields of medicine and aviation and brought to life by a group of passionate supporters and partners. It is a flying example of what can be achieved when we work together.
With the help of one of our amazing supporters we’ve got a fantastic opportunity for you to take a look around the aircraft, as if you’re actually there in person. The Flying Eye Hospital Virtual Reality Tour allows you to explore throughout the entire aircraft, with VIP access to areas usually out-of-bounds even to Orbis staff. You can take a seat in the cockpit, view the observation room, examine the operating room or take a rest in the recovery room - all at your own leisure.
You will be guided throughout the tour by your captain for the day, who will be providing information and insight into all the rooms and equipment on board the aircraft - with some amazing interactive features to explore.
So why not take a look for yourself and click through to this page to see all the ways you can help fight blindness this World Sight Day
At Orbis we believe in a world where no one is needlessly blind or visually impaired. Your ability to see should not simply come down to where you are born. But sadly, for millions of people, a simple eye infection can still lead to blindness. With 228 million needlessly blind people in communities throughout the world, it’s time we all came together to help create a brighter, clearer, future.
Here are some startling facts about vision:
· Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness
· Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment
· 90% of blind people live in low-income countries
· Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable - i.e. readily treatable and/or preventable
· Restorations of sight, and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in health care