Renowned Swiss luxury watchmaker OMEGA has recently celebrated their five-year anniversary with Orbis by launching the newest Flying Eye Hospital Airplane. The watchmaker partnered with the non-profit in 2011 to collectively work to end world blindness, originally marking this union with the release of the OMEGA Hour Vision Orbis watch, with a portion of the proceeds from each watch going to Orbis.
This month, OMEGA and Orbis launched the Flying Eye Hospital Airplane, a state of the art training and treatment facility located on an MD-10 aircraft, the only non-land based hospital in the world accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. The aim of the Flying Eye Hospital is to provide hands-on training to eye care professionals, giving them the skills necessary to save and restore sights for patients in their home countries. Model and OMEGA ambassador Cindy Crawford was present at the launch ceremony, praising the partnership by sharing her past experiences working with Orbis in Peru, and seeing the non-profit’s work on the ground first-hand. — MERIAL WILES