Trainee working on Eye training dummy.

Unveiling new technology on board the Flying Eye Hospital

We have entered week two of our Flying Eye Hospital program in Trujillo, Peru. It’s been an eventful first week working alongside our partner Instituto Regional de Oftalmología (IRO) helping train and share skills with some truly inspirational people.

We also had the great honor of joining government officials in their flag-raising tradition in Plaza de Armas. We were invited alongside IRO to help raise awareness of the growing threat of Diabetic Retinopathy.

Our team of Volunteer Faculty members have been working round the clock to provide invaluable training to local eye teams. For the first time they have been using state-of-the-art simulation technology to increase the opportunities available to local doctors. 

Trainee working on Eye training dummy.

The UTC Aerospace Systems supported simulation center

This new program allows local ophthalmology teams to learn complex skills in a controlled environment before operating on a patient and breaks down a complex surgery into smaller parts allowing local doctors to focus on a certain skill—something you can’t do with a human eye.

Trainee working on Eye training dummy.

Learning complex skills in a controlled environment

Simulation training has been used in the aviation sector for over 40 years, and in our quest to  use the latest advancements in technology to help change the way the world sees, we teamed up with UTC Aerospace to draw on their years of experience in the field. 

Stacey MacNeil

Vice President of Communications, UTC Aerospace Systems.

As a com­pa­ny of Ideas Born to Fly, UTC Aero­space Sys­tems can’t imag­ine any­thing more impor­tant than equip­ping the world’s only fly­ing eye hos­pi­tal with the lat­est in sim­u­la­tion tech­nol­o­gy and bring­ing it to peo­ple in need around the world. That’s what start­ed this rela­tion­ship between us and Orbis — our shared vision to move the world for­ward to fight avoid­able blindness.

We would like to say a big thank you to UTC Aerospace Systems for their generosity and commitment to fighting blindness. We could also like to thank our many partners who helped shape the training program; including Simulated Ocular Surgery, the University of Iowa and the Center for Virtual Care at the University of California, Davis. 

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