Today marks the start of the Flying Eye Hospital’s two-week program in Kampala, Uganda. The ORBIS DC-10 first landed in the east African nation in July 2006 and during this program the nation’s first corneal transplantation surgery was completed.
Sulaimani Kabugo, a blind teenager whose life was changed after being selected as one of Uganda's corneal transplant recipients.
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in Uganda affecting an estimated 50-60% of the nation's blind population. Other causes of blindness include corneal scarring caused by eye trauma, glaucoma, and childhood blindness.
To learn more about the Flying Eye Hospital and blindness in Uganda, click here for a video containing footage from the DC-10's first visit to the nation.