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19 April 2012

OMEGA visits ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital in Vietnam


Today, OMEGA and some invited guests visited the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, which is currently in Da Nang in Vietnam.

They also had the opportunity to go to the Da Nang Eye Hospital where they met with some of the medical professionals from ORBIS’s Flying Eye Hospital Program. Afterwards, they were able to board the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 – the Flying Eye Hospital itself – which has been extensively modified to offer high-quality eye care to patients all over the world.   


On the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, ORBIS brings together dedicated eye care professionals and aviators to deliver the gift of sight in some of the world’s most remote regions. Local doctors, nurses and technicians work alongside ORBIS’s medical team in the airplane’s operating, laser, sterilization and recovery rooms to exchange knowledge and improve their ability to preserve and restore sight. In the 48-seat classroom, doctors gather for lectures, discussions and live broadcasts of surgical procedures performed in the Flying Eye Hospital operating room.


OMEGA President Stephen Urquhart said: “All of us at OMEGA are proud of our partnership with ORBIS and we are delighted to have the opportunity to see and share with you the remarkable work they do with their Flying Eye Hospital. It is gratifying to see the ORBIS team in action as it takes its high-quality eye care to these remote regions and extends training to local medical professionals who can in turn treat the patients in their communities.”


Last year, OMEGA announced a collaboration with actor and brand ambassador Daniel Craig to support ORBIS International and its Flying Eye Hospital in the fight against preventable blindness.


A special watch – the De Ville Hour Vision Blue – has been created to celebrate the partnership, and OMEGA has guaranteed that at least one million U.S. dollars from its sale will be donated to ORBIS.