VICE | This Flying Hospital Trains Doctors to Fight Blindness Around the World
Outside of America, where eye exams are a yearly routine (albeit crazy expensive if you're not covered), eye care is rare and limited for millions. In fact, the number of people suffering from blindness is growing so rapidly, it’s on track to be one of the most pressing global health threats in the next few decades, according to the World Health Organization.
One of the medical facilities targeting the growing epidemic is actually equipped with wings. The world’s only “Flying Eye Hospital” is an MD-10 cargo plane donated by FedEx, tricked out with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The plane travels to countries with the highest needs, bringing sight back to patients and training local doctors on the technical skills required for eye procedures and screenings.
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