Flying Eye Hospital touches down in California

December 2017

The Flying Eye Hospital landed at Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, California for a weekend of tours and events - to raise awareness of the fight against avoidable blindness.

The tour kicked off with media tours welcoming some influential and exciting online publications such as TechCrunch, Fox News, Mercury News and VICE Health. 

On Saturday evening we hosted a VIP event to show the aircraft to the Silicon Valley Community – attended by over 70 supporters, partners and friends, we had several of our amazing expert volunteers in attendance who also brought a number of other very special guests.

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The Flying Eye Hospital under the spotlight

On Sunday, we conducted more tours during our ‘Aviators Social’ - we welcomed guests and their families from the aviation community as well as other interested parties.  

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Orbis CEO Bob Rank gave an impassioned speech at Moffett Airfield

Our mission at Orbis is to bring people together to fight blindness and transform lives. It’s a huge task and we can’t do it alone. We need everyone to join us to make it a priority.

Bob Ranck

CEO Orbis International

We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make this event so special. It's so inspiring to see the impact this amazing aircraft can have on people who see it for the first time.

We're sure that all their hard work will raise valuable awareness and inspire more people to join the fight against avoidable blindness. 

Flying Eye Hospital in the news

This Flying Hospital Trains Doctors to Fight Blindness Around the World

Orbis International Outside of America, where eye exams are a yearly routine (albeit crazy expensive if you're not covered), eye care is rare and limited for millions. In fact, the number of people suffering from blindness is growing so rapidly, it's on track to be one of the most pressing global health threats in the next few decades, according to the World Health Organization.

Vice Health takes a look around the Flying Eye Hospital

The Flying Eye and you and I

It's refreshing, in this difficult time, when technology and the tech industry seem trapped in a quicksand of endless ethical compromises and disconcerting emergent properties, to come across something tech-related of which one can say, awed, without complications or caveats: holy shit this is amazing. Which happened to me today!

Tech Crunch were 'awed' by the Flying Eye Hospital

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a...flying hospital? How an airplane gives blind patients sight

MOUNTAIN VIEW - Most people who board this blue-and-white MD-10 cargo plane will never leave the ground - instead, they'll take a different type of journey. When they step inside the aircraft, they are blind or have vision impairments that keep them from living productive lives. When they disembark, they can see.

Mercury news get the temperatures soaring

Flying Eye Hospital prevents blindness in under-developed countries

A hospital with wings has landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View. Inside is a high-tech teaching hospital, called the Flying Eye. It's a key cog in a program dedicated to preventing blindness in under-developed countries. "Our mission is to fight global blindness," said dr. Antonio Jaramillo one of the eye doctors participating in the program The plane is an MD-10.

Fox news report from Moffett Airfield