Microsoft Flight Simulator is bringing the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital to the game as a virtual tour, educating PC and Xbox gamers about its mission to treat and prevent avoidable blindness.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is, as one might expect, a game that's all about simulating flying planes. It's had a number of updates after launching a little less than a year ago, adding new airports and cutting its massive install size in half. Now, Microsoft has brought a rather unique plane to the game, but this one's a little different — this aircraft is staying on the ground.
What is the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital?
On the surface, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital looks like any other McDonnell Douglas DC-10. The inside, however, is a one-of-a-kind creation that was created thanks to generous donations from FedEx employees and other supporters.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital uses a modular internal system to change its compartments as needed. It includes the latest medical equipment, training facilities, and operating rooms that allow Orbis International to train doctors around the world on treating preventable blindness. Of course, it is also used to actually treat patients, too.
Orbis International's primary focus is on treating "avoidable blindness" — eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts, both of which can be ultimately treated with simple surgical procedures that most people around the world may not have access to. This organization is serious about its mission, too — it has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator.
How the Orbis Eye Hospital Works in Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator is helping to advance the mission of Orbis International by including the Orbis Eye Hospital in the game. Unlike all of the other planes, however, this one is staying on the ground as a virtual tour.
Players are able to virtually tour the Orbis Eye Hospital from front to back, getting a good look at the high-tech facilities that Orbis International's doctors use to train other doctors, educate politicians, and treat patients about preventable eye diseases. PC players can check out the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in Microsoft Flight Simulator right now as part of a free download according to today's announcement; this update will arrive on Xbox Series X|S as a free download on July 27, 2021, when the game launches on that platform.
If you haven't yet jumped into this great game, you can buy Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC via its official website; the Xbox version of the game arrives on July 27, 2021. You should also consider donating to Orbis International to support its mission to treat preventable blindness around the world.
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