Orbis International: Eye Care in the Sky!

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FORT WORTH-- Back to the Future Part II predicted hover boards and flying cars would be whizzing by us by now. Well, that hasn’t happened yet, but we don't have to wait for the future to find a flying hospital.

Yup, flying eye care is a thing.

Orbis, an international nonprofit fighting blindness around the world, created a fully operating eye hospital, inside a plane!

More than 285 million people have vision problems.

Yet, four out of five have conditions that can be prevented or fixed if they had the right care.

To make this tougher to tackle, 90% of these folks live in underdeveloped countries where medical care can be hard to come by.

After six years of brainstorming, Orbis brought this beauty to life and it's the only one of its kind in the world.

On the outside, it looks like a regular MD-10.  But on the inside, it's a fully-equipped surgical suite with 3D technology, live broadcasting capabilities, and a state of the art teaching facility.

But the fancy plane isn't the main focus. It's what volunteer ophthalmologists do on the plane, and why they do it, that makes this so special.

On Thursday, the plane made a pit stop in Fort Worth for the sixth and final stop on its U.S. tour. The next working trip will be in China this September.

It's a journey to try to end blindness, one country at a time.

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