Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

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Nepal Blindness Survey conducted in 1981 revealed that 0.84% of the Nepali population are blind and 1.7 % have unilateral blindness. Besides, 90% of the blinds reside in rural areas, therefore, blindness is a really serious public health imposing a social as well as economic burden on our country. In order to reduce the global burden of blindness, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a broad coalition of international, non-governmental, and private organizations launched, a global initiative Vision 2020: The Right to Sight, in Geneva on 18th February 1999. Similarly, the South East Asia Region (SEARO) declared on 30th September 1999 for member countries to come forward with strategies and guidelines for the elimination of avoidable blindness from the region by 2020.

As targeted by ‘Vision 2020, The Right to Sight’, Nepal Eye Program was officially launched in July 1992 to support the prevention of blindness program in Nepal. The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is the implementing body of the Nepal Eye Program which is a non-profit, community-based, non-government organization with an aim of to act as a model for treatment research and training, independent of but in mutual cooperation with all other eye care centers and organization in Nepal.
Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology was established in 1994 as a new development, to fight and prevent and treat curable blindness. It was intended that Tilganga should act as a centre for treatment, research and training, independent of, but in cooperation with, all other eye treatment centre and organizations. The current TIO facility was opened in 2009. The strategy of TIO for blindness prevention and treatment of ocular problems is “Comprehensive care and support programs with individuals, families, and communities”, which includes Medical and Surgical treatment facilities, Outreach Micro Surgical Eye Clinics(OMEC), Eye Banking and Corneal disorder treatment, production of cost-effective Intraocular lenses, Qualitative and Quantitative Research in ocular problems and conducting training programs in diverse fields of eye health which includes strengthening and transferring knowledge and skills of surgeons, health workers as well as other communities people who involve in eye health directly and indirectly as key community members. This institute has been working on all these above-mentioned areas in a very competent way throughout Nepal.


Academic and Training is one of the major activities of the institute which is dedicated to empowering different levels of human resources in eye health aimed to prevent and avoid possible blindness.
TIO provides modern medical and surgical techniques in almost subspecialties of eye care. Over a year Surgi-center serves more than 650 outpatients on an average working day and about 60 surgical procedures. Nepal Eye Bank collects more than 600 corneal tissues every year.

Prof. Sanduk Ruit is an Executive Director of TIlganga Institute of Ophthalmology and Dr Reeta Gurung is Chief Executive Officer.


One of the key aspects of TIO’s mission is to generate the human resource for eye care so it will help to full fill a large gap between demand and availability of eye health care workers. Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is in developing human resources for blindness prevention and providing training to eye care professionals from all over the world. Training and education are recognized as key factors that influence the reach, range and quality of eye health service delivery. TIO strives to provide the highest quality of training and education through a committed faculty, complemented by the most advanced technological and methodological tools. The video-conferencing facilities in Hetauda Community Eye Hospital facilitate real-time interaction.
Goal: Establish the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology as a world-class training institute for all level of ophthalmic human resources.

Training has been key parts of TIO’S activities from Inception. An Academic and training department of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) which runs three major activities Academic, Short-term Modular and Exposure training for local and international medical personnel and eye health workers.

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is one of the leading eye care and training institute with well-equipped infrastructures for qualified ophthalmologists and allied health workers as it has been providing comprehensive eye care services throughout the country. The Institute includes fully equipped examination room, operation theatre, investigation, and subspecialty clinics as well as well-equipped computerized Tilganga Zeiss Education Centre.

The centre runs MD residency and certificates in Ophthalmology programs. The students of MD resident give presentations on different ophthalmic topics twice a week, participation in the presentation classes would re-boost the trainee’s knowledge in diverse fields of ophthalmology. Apart from sole clinical knowledge, the trainees will have the chance to know about Intra Ocular Lens Laboratory and Eye Bank run by the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology library offers trainees sufficient books, Journals, and access to email and internet services.

Source: Training Information Manual, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
More details about TIO: www.tilganga.org


Recent Job Opportunities

Vacancy Announcement

Date of Publication: 09 June 2022

Nepal Eye Program (NEP)/Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), a centre of excellence in comprehensive eye care service delivery including training; research; intraocular lens manufacturing facility; eye bank and community program is currently looking for qualified Nepali candidates to apply for following position:

Position: Senior Ophthalmologist (Level-9)

Number of requirements: Four; Work Station: Kathmandu, Hetauda or eye hospitals under NEP/TIO in Nepal.
Modes of Hiring: Time bound


Minimum requirements:

  • MD/MS equivalent with five years’ experience after MBBS from recognized institution.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have done fellowship.
  • Registered with Nepal Medical Council for practicing Ophthalmology.

Position: Optometrist (Level-7)

Requirement: One; Work Station: HCEH, Hetauda
Modes of Hiring: Time-bound

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor in Optometry (Four year curriculum) from recognized institution.
  • Registered with Nepal Health Professional Council.


Position: Support Head-Production (Level-3)

Requirement: One; Work Station: FH IOL Lab

Modes of Hiring: Time bound

Minimum requirements:
SEE/SLC or Grade 8 with 2 years’ experience in related field.
Preference will be given to those who understand, read and write in English language, can perform basic mathematical calculation.
Willingness to learn & perform new tasks and ability to work under pressure and working in team is preferred.

Position: Optical dispenser/sales (Support, Level-1)

  • Requirement: One; Work Station: Kathmandu
  • Modes of Hiring: Time bound
  • Minimum requirements:
  • Primary education/literate.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience.

Candidates meeting above criteria are requested to submit an application letter with updated CV to [email protected] no later than 6:00 pm of 23 June 2022. While applying, please clearly mention name of the position in subject line of the email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further selection process. NEP/TIO reserves right to reject any or all application(s) without stating any reason whatsoever.

Remuneration and benefits will be provided as per Nepal Eye Program employment policy.

Tilganga Vacancy

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