Orbis Macau Shares Experiences of Rescue Works on Flying Eye Hospital with KWNC Staff and Students

  • Representatives of Orbis Flying Eye Hospital sharing their experiences

  • Students show much interest in the works of Orbis and the Flying Eye Hospital

  • Orbis presenting certificate of appreciation to KWNC

  • Students are touched by the sharing and contributions of the guests

Marking this year's World Sight Day (WSD) on 13 October as well as the arrival of the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) to Macao, Orbis Macau organized a sharing session on "World Sight Day, Orbis Action For Sight" at the Lecture Theatre of Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) on 12 October, 2016. Two experienced representatives of the Flying Eye Hospital crew members were invited to share their experiences, through which the global awareness of eye health is brought forth. It is also hoped that more young nurses can join the Orbis volunteer team to benefit more people in need.

The representatives of Orbis FEH are Ms. Celia Yeung, Communications Manager from Hong Kong and Mr. Leonardo Mercado, Staff Nurse of the FEH from Philippines. They first introduced to the participants the structure of the FEH and shared their frontline work experiences of flying to different developing countries, followed by sharing of their experiences of training ophthalmologists and medical team as well as techniques in soothing anxious patients and their families. All participants are touched by the guests due to their rich and valuable experiences and sharing.

Director of Development of Orbis Macau Ms. Vivian Lo explained that there are currently 1.4 million blind and 19 million visually-impaired kids worldwide. As around 80% of a child's knowledge is acquired visually, and children lack the ability to express their discomfort or problem with their eyes, visual impairment might be caused if Golden Treatment Window were missed. It is therefore one of the missions of the "Action for Sight" campaign to educate teachers, students, families and friends to safeguard children's eye health and monitor any possible visual problems before treatment becomes impossible. It is hoped that more nursing students and youngsters can join the force in spreading eye care knowledge and turning love into actions.