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The ORBIS flying eye hospital is a DC-10 jet which has been converted into a self-contained teaching eye hospital. ORBIS works in developing countries to save sight through hands-on training, public health education and improved access to eye care.
During the time that Mr. Moriarty was the Medical Director of this project, the hospital flew to 12 locations where training was offered to local nurses and doctors, and surgical eye care was given to those who required it. Such surgery would be unavailable to these people any other way.
From time to time I am asked by my patients if there is any particular eye charity that I support. I support the Nepal Glaucoma Fund (nepalglaucomafund.com). The aim of this is to raise monies for Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), Kathmandu. This will greatly enhance the management of glaucoma in children. Obviously, with the background of earthquakes and poverty the funds in Nepal are very limited but all the monies donated for this fund do go directly to the care of children at the hospital.