On #givingtuesday you are invited to step into a virtual world where aviation and medical innovation combine to restore sight.

Blindness prevention charity Orbis is giving people the opportunity to venture inside their unique Flying Eye Hospital; via a fully immersive, virtual reality tour, voiced by Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou.

There are 285 million people in the world who are blind and visually impaired, and 80 per cent of them don’t need to be. Orbis transforms lives by working to eliminate avoidable blindness: through long-term programmes in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as through its Flying Eye Hospital – the world’s only eye hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft.

During the virtual tour, the viewer can direct themselves around the aircraft, making their own way through the various sections of the plane including the operating theatre, patient recovery room and on-board classroom. Whilst doing so, viewers will get a glimpse into how the plane enables Orbis’s world class medical volunteers to train local medical professionals and restore sight to the patients on board.

Orbis is using #givingtuesday to ask people to experience and then share the virtual tour with their friends, and give as many people as possible the chance to get on board this incredible aircraft.

Look out for our virtual tour which will be released on #givintuesday. Here’s a sneak peek: