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Flying Eye Hospital

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is unlike any plane you’ve seen before. A state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with operating room, classroom and recovery room - this amazing aircraft has been an example of the marriage between medicine and aviation since 1982.

Virtual Training

Our Flying Eye Hospital may not be traveling, but our mission is still in flight. Thanks to our supporters and the hard work of our Flying Eye Hospital team we were able to pivot our in-person training sessions and take our sight-saving work online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic! Remember, heroes can still fly!

Equal parts teacher, advocate and envoy in the global effort to end avoidable blindness our state-of-the-art flying teaching hospital allows our world leading volunteers to travel the world sharing knowledge and developing skills with the communities that need it most.

Once a cargo plane, the interior of our third-generation Flying Eye Hospital has been completely transformed thanks to the support of our many generous partners.

Take a look inside the Flying Eye Hospital through the link below.

Take a virtual tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Step on board

Coronavirus and the Virtual Flying Eye Hospital

The Flying Eye Hospital may not be traveling because of coronavirus, but the training hasn’t stopped! We were able to use our telemedicine platform Cybersight to deliver virtual training to clinical teams in the five locations that we were scheduled to visit with the Flying Eye Hospital in 2020: Bolivia, Zambia, Cameroon, Mongolia and India.

We brought in volunteer experts to deliver live sessions, combining online modules and live Zoom sessions, so that medical teams could access clinical training remotely in their own homes.

Discover more about our Zambia Virtual Flying Eye Hospital programme which was conducted in June 2020.

More Than Just a Hospital

With the help of our amazing and compassionate supporters, the Flying Eye Hospital has promoted better eye care around the world for nearly four decades. Wherever it lands, it raises awareness, creates change and rallies local governments, global organisations, philanthropists and the public to join the global fight to end avoidable blindness.

Not only does it provide a space to train doctors, nurses and medical technicians, but it opens the doors of prime ministers, presidents and ministries of health so that we can make the case for investing in eye health for all. Our staff and volunteers can then work in partnership with local hospitals to understand skills shortages, and work where the need is greatest.

This level of access has allowed Orbis to help change health policies for the better, reach eye care teams in need of training, and improve the lives of those lacking access to care. Not least of all, it allows us to develop lasting bonds with people around the globe to ensure a long-term impact.

CNBC visit the Flying Eye Hospital in 2017

The Flying Eye Hospital Gallery

The Latest Technology

The Flying Eye Hospital is not only packed with the latest medical equipment, it has some of the very latest training facilities, too. The entire plane is linked up through an advanced audio-visual system, meaning those in the classroom can watch surgeries happening in the operating theatre live in 3D - making it as close to the real thing as looking down the microscope yourself.


With 46 seats and 3D technology, observing feels like you are actually in the operating room

Operating Room

The operating room is the centre for all hands-on training

On board the Flying Eye Hospital, Ben Peet operates a microscope with the training arm

Audiovisual Room

Operations are broadcast to people all over the world

Our expert volunteers train local medical professionals both on board the aircraft and at the local partner hospital, providing education that is both high-quality and practical for when the Flying Eye Hospital departs.

And thanks to our telemedicine platform - Cybersight - doctors from all over the world can join our training programmes with the click of a button.

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