A visit to the flying eye hospital
ORBIS UK, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting blindness around the world, has showcased the new Flying Eye Hospital at London’s Stansted Airport. For the first time, ZOOBUG Founder Dr Julie Diem Le, who trained as an eye surgeon before creating the London eyewear brand dedicated to kids’ vision, toured the plane and met members of staff and surgeons who treat adults and children around the world with preventable, treatable eye conditions. (Image above by Ben Peet)
More than six years in the making, the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital (gbr.orbis.org) is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft. Hundreds of experts have come together to combine the latest in avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise to make the Flying Eye Hospital a reality.
It features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities enabling Orbis, with their expert Volunteer Faculty, to train more doctors, more nurses and healthcare professionals—ultimately treating more people and restoring their sight.
ZOOBUG LONDON has been working with ORBIS UK since October 2014. The label is supplying its optical frames and sunglasses for children who have undergone eye surgery through ORBIS and need access to quality eyewear and UV protective sunglasses.