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ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital Brings Sight Saving Skills and Technology to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Date:7/5/2011

NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ORBIS and its global team of volunteer eye care specialists completed an intensive three-week program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (June 19 - July 7) aboard ORBIS International's signature Flying Eye Hospital – a state-of-the-art hospital with wings. The mission was supported by Alcon Inc., the global leader in eye care, and included a three-week ophthalmic skills exchange and surgical program through the one-of-a-kind DC-10 aircraft.

This ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) Program marks its sixth mission in Mongolia.  Local eye care professionals of all disciplines attended an ORBIS skills transfer training course designed to address the country's eye health needs.

Blindness in Mongolia

According to the World Health Organization, North-East Asia has a relatively high prevalence of blindness, estimated at 1.4%. Together, adult cataract and glaucoma account for more than two-thirds of the country's blindness, while cornea conditions account for 7.2% of adult blindness.

The program provided training for ophthalmologists, biomedical engineers, anesthesiologists and nurses, while advocating for increased public awareness of eye care issues in Mongolia. In addition, Alcon engineers volunteered their time to work side-by-side with Mongolian medical technicians to properly fix and maintain critical ophthalmic equipment within their hospitals.

"Alcon is committed to the development of local, sustainable eye care services made available through well-trained eye care professionals. Through our 30-year partnership with ORBIS, Alcon is able to contribute to the advancement of ophthalmology in the developing world through the ORBIS skills-exchange programs and partnerships with medical facilities worldwide," said Sara Woodward, Director of Corporate Giving at Alcon.  

Alcon has partnered with ORBIS for more than 30 years and is committed to providing better vision and eye care s
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