World's only Flying Eye hospital lands in Dublin

The aircraft is a fully functional hospital which travels to developing countries to treat various eye diseases

The world’s only Flying Eye hospital has landed at Dublin Airport.

The aircraft is a fully functional hospital and training facility which travels to developing countries to treat various eye diseases and to train local doctors and nurses in its 46 seat class room.

Run by Orbis, an international charity fighting blindness around the globe, the MD-10 aircraft is on a promotional tour of Dublin and London to raise awareness of the work the charity undertakes in countries around the world.

Established in the 1970s, Orbis is an alliance of medical professionals and the aviation industry dedicated to promoting eye care and fighting blindness in developing countries.

Maurice Cox, Chairman of Orbis Ireland said: “Over the past ten years, Orbis Ireland’s mission has been to eliminate a painful blinding eye disease – trachoma - from the poorest regions of southern Ethiopia. Together, the unwavering commitment and partnership from the Irish people, has allowed us to accomplish so much to provide basic eye care for those most in need.

"Bringing the plane to Ireland is just one small way we can thank our supporters for their dedication."

For every €1 raised by Orbis Ireland, 81 cent goes directly towards saving sight. The remaining 19 cent is invested in raising more funds and administration – for each €1 spent, Orbis Ireland raises €5.31.