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First Eye Hospital of Nepal: Nepal Eye Hospital.

Nepal Eye Hospital

Nepal Eye Hospital(NEH)
 is the first Eye hospital of Nepal. Nepal Eye Hospital was established back in 1973 A.D in the city of Kathmandu. The hospital has been providing Comprehensive Eye Exam to People since a very long time.

Nepal eye hospital was Opened by Nepal Government to meet the needs of eye patients. Nepal Government used to run Nepal Eye Hospital at its early stages. NEH was running under the same building of Bir Hospital with few beds provided by the Government of Nepal as an Ophthalmology department.
Bir Hospital is the oldest and was established in 1889 in Kathmandu by the 11th Prime minister of Nepal, "Bir Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana". Today, the Bir hospital is Run by National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) since 2003. 

Seeing the need to separate the eye care facility, Nepal eye hospital was later, legally established in Kathmandu city, working separately as an autonomous body. With the active initiation of Dr. Ram Prasad Pokhrel, an icon Ophthalmologist of Nepal and other prominent personalities, Nepal Eye Hospital was later shifted to another place. 

Dr. Ram Prasad Pokhrel is a very distinguished personality in Nepal in the field of Eye Care  Services. He is known for his smart and active initiation to start and diversify the eye care services in Nepal. He was also one of the founding members of Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh. For his work in Ophthalmology and eye care services in Nepal, he is given the title of "आँखा  बा" which roughly translates to "Father of Eye".

Since the establishment of Nepal Eye Hospital in Kathmandu valley, Ministry of health and population has been continuously providing financial support to the hospital Ophthalmologists and staffs who were also shifted from Bir hospital to NEH. One eye department running in Bir hospital was later set to run on its own with a different name of "Nepal Eye Hospital". Nepal eye hospital was established way before the IAPB was established. Thus, Nepal already started its tasks for prevention and cure of blindness.
Nepal Eye Hospital
Photo Credit- Manoj Dhimal
Nepal eye hospital has been a part of  5 decades starting from 1973 to till date. The hospital was started with an objective of providing the best possible comprehensive eye care services in the region, by most economical methods, with most modern & state of the art technology directed towards prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, to all sections of society irrespective of caste, creed or economic considerations.

As a pioneer institution in the field of eye care service in the country, Nepal Eye Hospital is being involved in the area of scientific research utilizing own resources to its maximum extent. Nepal Eye Hospital also provides service to the retina, Glaucoma, Cornea, and Oculoplasty. Other Services Includes Low Vision check/aid services and Orthoptics services. The hospital has good relation with Lions Aravind International Center for  Ophthalmology (LAICO), Arabind Hospital and has currently been using the Integrated Hospital Management System (IHMS) developed by the center.

On the present day, the hospital provides services to more than 400 patient on daily  average. Nepal Eye Hospital also provides trainings to Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic assistants, and Opticians as well. Nepal eye hospital has programs like MD. in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic assistant training program, Diploma in Orthoptics, Internship in Ophthalmology and since 2018, they will be teaching Optometry in the hospital. The Optometry program will run being affiliated to NAMS(National Institute of Medical sciences). As a part of Universal eye health: Global action plan (2014-2019), the eye hospital believes in producing its own manpower for the country. 
Nepal Eye Hospital
Photo Credit -Manoj Dhimal
Hospital has more than 80 staffs and provides sub-special clinic Facility for diseases like Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastic, Paediatrics, and Neuro-Ophthalmic diseases etc. Nepal Eye Hospital also organizes many free Surgical Camps and Refraction Camp in Villages and Schools. Japan was the first ever Country who helped Nepal eye hospital flourish. You can find Nepal Eye Hospital in Tripureshwor, Kathmandu if you wondering for eye check in Kathmandu valley.

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