ANKARA, Turkey — For many thousands of people with eye diseases in Third World countries, hope comes in the form of a DC-8 jetliner.
The converted aircraft, which houses an eye hospital and mini-medical school known as Orbis, made an eight-country, 11-stop Asian tour last year.
"We feel good about the tour," said Penny Stables, spokeswoman for the project, now in its fourth year. "Every year we reach more doctors, who in turn reach more and more people--the Asian tour by any standard has been a massive success."
Orbis '85 began last January on the far western lip of Asia, in Izmir, Turkey. Seminars for local eye doctors were given in new cataract surgery techniques, and the library of the flying eye center picked up new and inexpensive methods developed in Turkey for treating glaucoma.