Jamaica: Flying Eye Hospital Project Highlights

May 2019

The Flying Eye Hospital and our family of staff, crew and Volunteer Faculty have recently returned from a hugely successful 19-day program in Kingston, Jamaica.

Below we share some amazing images and brand new updates from our partners and volunteers.

Over the course of the project our amazing Volunteer Faculty performed 87 sight-saving operations and provided training for 44 local eye care professionals working in Jamaica and the Caribbean, where it’s estimated over 1.1 million people suffer from vision loss.

We last landed in the country in 2006 and we’re just as proud of the impact we’ve made in improving the quality of eye health on the island this time around. Revisit our 2006 program.

Gallery: Flying Eye Hospital Jamaica 2019 staff and crew

Simulation Training

From the moment our MD-10 aircraft landed at Norman Manley International Airport our Flying Eye team hit the ground running getting local partners up to speed with complex surgical skills in a controlled environment through our state-of-the-art Mobile Simulation Center.

23 ophthalmologists, 21 nurses and 8 anesthesiologists took part in the simulation training, which breaks down a complex surgery into smaller parts allowing local teams to focus on a certain skill - something you can’t do with a human eye.

The residents are extremely excited to do the hands on with the simulation. And it gives them more confidence when they're going to start with the patients. Most junior residents will benefit from the simulation and practicing the techniques over and over again. And I think it's added a lot because we don't have a wet lab here. So having the simulator on the plane makes a huge difference.

Dr. Lizette Mowatt

Head of Ophthalmology - University Hospital of the West Indies & President of the Ophthalmic Society of Jamaica

A big thank you Collins Aerospace for kindly donating the amazing Mobile Simulation Center to help improve the skills of eye teams around the world.

Gallery: Simulation Training in Action

Sharing Skills

This particular project was made up of 22 Orbis Volunteer Faculty who shared their top class skills and knowledge with local teams. Hailing from the U.S, Canada, UK, India and Mexico it was truly a global effort to fight blindness.

From ophthalmologists and nurses to technicians and ophthalmic assistants, we were delighted to welcome our local partners on board for hands-on training sessions to boost skills and build a lasting legacy of eye care for generations to come.

Just having Orbis here to improve the training, not only for nurses, doctors and the anesthetists, but also the biomedical technicians makes a huge difference overall. Because the care for a patient is not just with the doctor, but it’s the whole team approach. So, I’m very happy that Orbis has come along and they've sort of started to put the fire under everything else here. It's put ophthalmology on the map at University Hospital.

Dr. Lizette Mowatt

Head of Ophthalmology - University Hospital of the West Indies & President of the Ophthalmic Society of Jamaica

And thanks to cutting-edge audio/visual technology on board the aircraft, we could train people far beyond the Caribbean. 125 health professionals tuned in to lectures and live surgeries via our online telehealth platform Cybersight, extending our impact further than the plane could ever travel.

Gallery: Hands-On Training

Saving Sight

Throughout the program, 110 patients young and old were examined with 72 receiving sight-saving treatment (both surgical and laser). Thanks to the incredible power of technology - Cybersight enabled patients to have their clinical cases presented to our Volunteer Faculty surgeons well before we arrived in Jamaica.

Denzil's Cataract Surgery On Board Our Flying Eye Hospital

May 15, 2019

According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness over 1.1 million people suffer from vision loss in the Caribbean, with Cataract accounting for 50% of this.
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In the Caribbean, half of people with vision loss suffer from cataracts. One of the patients we treated was 73-year-old cataract patient Denzil who left the Flying Eye Hospital beaming with joy and reaching for the sky following his operation to correct his sight.

Gallery: Meeting patients in Jamaica

Thank you

Where do we even begin! We’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped to make our project in Jamaica a success – our generous supporters, our amazing partners and our brilliant and talented volunteers.

Another big thank you to the 22 Volunteer Faculty who generously donated their time and expertise to help train and teach colleagues in Jamaica and around the world. We really couldn’t do what we do without you! Here are some of them pictured below...

Gallery: Jamaica 2019 Volunteer Faculty

And last but not least, a huge thank you must go to our partner FedEx, who have been supporting our mission and vision for an incredible 37 years!

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