Flying Hospital brings eyesight to visually-impaired patients
  • | VOV | August 21, 2010 02:52 PM

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, the world’s only airborne ophthalmic surgical and training facility, concluded its ophthalmic surgical techniques transfer and training programme for Da Nang city on August 20.

During the two-week programme, 13 leading experts gave direct lectures to 46 ophthalmologists, nurses and technicians at Da Nang Eye Hospital.

Under the programme, 109 Vietnamese and 10 Lao and Cambodian ophthalmologists received online lectures from the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital’s surgery ward and hands-on instruction.

In addition, the two hospitals’ experts performed surgery and provided laser treatment to 56 retina and glaucoma patients. They also provided medical check-ups and treatment to 163 disadvantaged patients, mostly children.

They also joined their colleagues from the Hue Eye Hospital in offering examinations to more than 200 children and old people at the Medical Centre in Phu Loc district of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

Another 30 cataract patients will receive operations and treatment from Da Nang Eye Hospital doctors in September under the sponsorship of ORBIS.

Founded in 1982, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has conducted 269 programmes in 87 nations. It landed in Vietnam for the first time at Da Nang Airport in October 2006 and this is the fourth time it has returned to the Southeast Asian nation and the third time to Da Nang city.


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