Top 10 Eye Hospitals Of Nepal

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Top 10 Eye Hospitals Of Nepal

Top 10 Eye Hospitals Of Nepal Based on DOHS Annual Report (Eye Care)

Eye care facility is one of the important parts of health. Health without healthy eyes is merely impossible. World Health Organization(WHO) has been working actively since 1999 A.D to cure as well as eliminate blindness from the whole world. The aim of VISION 2020 has become a great target to achieve, to all the eye care service providers around the globe. The goal to meet Vision 2020 is the main concept of IAPB(International Agency for the prevention of blindness).

Nepal is also fighting blindness since 1973 A.D since the start of “Nepal Eye Hospital” in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. After the first Blindness survey in 1981 A.D, it was easier for Nepalese eye doctors to estimate and set the target for the cure of the blindness prevalent in Nepal. Total of 116 villages containing 40,000 people was examined. Cataract (84%) and Trachoma(3%) remained the leading cause of blindness. The first established eye hospital was a government-owned eye hospital running at “Bir hospital” which was later set to run with a different name at a different place. Different Non-Government Organizations were later established to help the eye sector reach remote parts of Nepal. Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh(Eye Care Monitoring Body in Nepal) established in 1978 which later strengthened in 1980. Nepal Eye Program is another body launched in 1992 A.D to support the prevention of blindness in Nepal. 

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology(TIO) is the implementing body of the Nepal Eye Program. Apart from them, other private Organizations like Dristi eye Care System has been providing services in Nepal to cure and prevent blindness.

Here are the top 10 eye hospitals on the basis of patient outflow, extra Ordinary services, Excellent services, Outreach, Surgeries are done, Visual impairment and blindness cured and prevented so far. The lists are made being based on dohs annual report combined with other activities of the eye hospitals, the top among private eye hospitals of Nepal kept at number 10 to show the contributions of private sectors also in Eye sectors. 

10.  Drishti Eye Care System:

Drishti eye care system is the largest private eye care network in Nepal. The first eye hospital opened in Nepal was in the year 2013 in Birtamode, Jhapa. There are many eye hospitals and centers run by Dristi in the country. The aim of Drishti is to meet the goal set as Vision 2020 i.e to reduce the burden of blindness by the year 2020. They are extending their networks in different areas of Nepal.

Drishti Eye Hospital Building
Drishti Eye Centre, Kalanki, Building


9.  Rapti Eye Hospital (REH): 

The project that opened the geta eye hospital was later extended to the Rapti eye hospital. The hospital was inaugurated in 1986 by the then king of Nepal, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. Helping organization of REH i.e Norwegian church aid(NCB) later gave its responsibility to NABP(Norwegian association for the blind and partially sighted). Rapti eye hospital does many free surgical eye camps in remote parts of the midwestern development region and provides basic eye facilities to the patient.


Rapti Dang Eye Hospital Building

8.  Bharatpur Eye Hospital(BEH):

Bharatpur eye hospital lies in Chitwan Bharatpur of Nepal. With support from BCCI Foundation Pakistan and SEVA Foundation, USA and Seva Canada Society, Canada, Bharatpur eye hospital have been providing services to the people of various districts. Bharatpur Eye hospital was established in 1987. Bharatpur eye hospital provides various services including wonderful Vitero-Retina surgery. Dr Raghunandan Byanju, Vitreo Retinal Surgeon is one of the popular figures of BEH.

Read also: Dr. Raghunandan Byanju awarded by Eye Health Hero 2018 award.

Hiralal Santu Eye Hospital bharatpur

7.  Mechi Eye Hospital (MEH):

The eye care foundation has helped the Mechi eye care system since 1996. Mechi Eye Care Centre was later Opened as Mechi Eye Hospital in the year 2009 with well-equipped facilities with the help of Dutch donors. Mechi Eye Hospital provides service to the people of Mechi as well as people from Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam, and Bihar where 201 million people live.

Mechi Eye Hospital Jhapa Near India Border

 6. Lumbini Eye Institute (LEI):

Situated in the city of Bhairahawa, Rupandehi near the Nepal-India border, the Lumbini eye institute is a huge relief to the people of Nepal as well as the people of India. Lumbini eye institute was supported by Sewa Foundation Canada in the early years. Lumbini eye institute has a huge number of Eye Care Centres and hospitals running under it. Lumbini Eye Institute was established in 1983 A.D inside of a small government hospital with 2 rooms and 4 staffs i.e Bhim hospital. The first Ophthalmologist who devoted his soul to the development of an eye care facility in Lumbini Zone was Dr. Sudarsan Dhital. Later the eye hospital was shifted to its own building in the city of Bhairahawa.

The land donor couple Rana Bahadur shah and Ambika Devi shah helped in the establishment of the eye hospital which was later known as Shree Rana Ambika Shah’s eye hospital. The present director of the hospital in 2018 is Dr. Salma K.C Rai. Lumbini eye institute has been combating avoidable blindness since the establishment. The Lumbini eye is consists of wonderful eye surgeons and Optometrists. Cataract surgery, Strabismus Surgery, Glaucoma surgery, etc. are available in LEI.

Lumbini Eye Institute and Research Center

5.  Himalaya Eye Hospital (HEH):

Himalaya eye hospital was established in 1993. It is running under the financial aid that it receives from the eye care foundation, Netherlands. Himalaya eye hospital is running under Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh. Himalaya Eye Hospital is a training center for Ophthalmologists for a very long time.

Himalaya Eye Hospital does many Eye Camps in the remote parts of the Western Development Region. Himalaya Eye Hospital has also conducted many surgical camps out of the country in countries like Africa.

Read more: Optical Dispenser Training course at Himalaya Eye Hospital

Pokhara Eye Hospital

4. Geta Eye Hospital (GEH):

After the first country-wise blindness survey conducted by the Nepal Government and the World Health Organization in the year 1981, the prevalence of blindness was found the maximum in the Seti and Mahakali region of Nepal. To cure the avoidable causes of blindness like Cataract and Trachoma in the region, they established an Eye Hospital in the Geta village of Kailali(Nepal) in 1981. The hospital became fully functional in the year 1982. Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation(NORAD), Norway did the financial support to Geta Eye hospital in the early phase.
Geta eye hospital runs many eye centers in the remote places of the Far-western development region of Nepal. Geta eye hospital also provides services to the people of India who come from Bihar and Uttaranchal Pradesh. Many other Norwegian Organizations has been helping Geta Eye hospital since the establishment. Dr Bidya Pant is one of the popular figures of Geta Eye Hospital(Past).
Dhangadi Eye Hospital

3. Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital(SCEH):

Established in 1983 in eastern Nepal in the city of Lahan SCEH is the founder of Biratnagar Eye Hospital. Being under Netra Jyoti Eye Sangh / EREC-P, SCEH is providing services like general Opd, Subspecialty, and surgeries like Cataract, Retinal surgery,  Lacrimal surgery. SCEH has an extreme flow of Indian citizens who visit Nepal for excellence in visual improvement as seen after Cataract surgery.
Lahan EYe Hospital of Nepal

2.  Biratnagar Eye Hospital(BEH):

Biratnagar Eye Hospital (BEH) is situated in eastern Nepal in the city of Biratnagar. Biratnagar eye hospital was established in the year 2006 A.D. Eastern Regional eye care program (EREC-P) is a further development of Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital(SCEH) in Lahan. In order to diversify the workload and to maintain quality service,  SCEH started Biratnagar Eye hospital(BEH). BEH started affordable high-quality services to economically poor and underprivileged people. 
BEH has become another masterpiece eye hospital in Nepal that provides excellent service to its patients. unlike TIO, BEH is run by Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh’s EREC-P. Like TIO, BEH provides services like general O.P.D, sub-specialty clinics for Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea, etc with excellent Ophthalmologists providing services round the year. Cataract surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Retinal surgery, oculoplastic surgery, Lacrimal Surgery, Corneal Transplantation, etc. are done in BEH. Dr. Sanjay Singh is one of the popular Figures at BEH.
Biratnagar Eye Hospital Near Siliguri
1.  Tilganga Institute Of Ophthalmology(TIO):
TIO facility was opened in Kathmandu. TIO runs as an implementing body for the Nepal Eye Program which was launched in 1992. This Non-profit organization at its early phase worked with Fred Hollows Foundation(FHF), Australia. TIO refined a safe and affordable method of intraocular lens implantation for cataract surgery in developing nations. Nepal’s first eye bank was established with the help of Tissue bank international and Lions International. With the Himalayan cataract project, TIO has helped to relieve the suffering of blindness by empowering the local physicians and skill transfer education with cost recovery conclusions. TIO manufactures Intraocular lenses with the help of “FHF”. This is the only institution in Nepal for intraocular lens manufacturing.

TIlganga Institute of Ophthalmology Building Top 10 Eye Hospitals Of Nepal
With the help of “FHF” and “HCP”, TIO conducts remote cataract surgery camp at a larger scale. Tilganga has become a center of excellence for providing quality eye services, cost-effective Product manufacturing, Skilled Ophthalmic Manpower manufacturing, Best outreach for blindness cure and prevention, etc. TIO provides services like General O.P.D which is extended to meet the need of patients who can’t visit the hospital due to work purposes.
other facilities like modern Cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, Vitro-retinal surgery, strabismus surgery, etc., and last but not the least, the laser eye surgery that is only done in TIO in the Whole country. TIO tops the list with maximum services provided to the patient within as well as the patient visiting from neighboring countries. Dr. Sanduk Ruit is one of the popular figures of TIO. TIO regularly organizes National and International Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic(OMEC).
Here are the honorable mentions Nepal Eye Hospital, Janaki eye hospital, Fateh Bal Eye hospital Nepalgunj, Gaur eye hospital, Kedia Eye Hospital, BP Eye Foundations, B.P. Koirala Lions Center For Ophthalmic Studies and these eye hospitals. The Prevalence of Blindness has decreased from 0.84% to 0.35% says dohs annual report

Also read: First Eye Hospital of Nepal

Disclaimers: This article is not based on any financial interests, This post is to promote eye hospitals of Nepal, and their efforts all around the world. All eye hospitals of Nepal are working to reduce the burden of blindness, and the Eye Health Nepal team salutes all the eye care practitioners and staffs of Eye Hospitals, Management committees, Health care managers, NGOs, INGOs, and stakeholders for their continuous input to provide quality eye care at very low cost to reduce the prevalence of blindness in Nepal and surrounding territories.  
Posted Date: 03/05/2018, 02:03 Pm Nepal Time
  1. Unknown says

    I am an Indian of poor family; my wife is a patient of endothilium destrophy. From where I can get its treatment at nepal ?

  2. Unknown says

    One of our family man named Sri Dipak Sarkar aged 37 yrs is a patient of CRAO as diogonise at Ratina Institute at siliguri & Disha hospital of siliguri. They are very much poor and crying for treatment. Advice treatment at nepal——SMT. RANJANA SARKAR

  3. Eye Health Nepal says

    You can visit your nearest Eye Hospital of Nepal first.

  4. Unknown says

    Which is the best hospital for eye glaucoma surgery in nepal?

  5. Unknown says

    My son suffer nystagmus (MRI report optic atpropy in 6 months age). Doctor do advice use to spectacles going from 6 month to running age 4.6 yes.please help to advice me for my son

  6. purnima chaudhary says

    want to study optometry

  7. Shoun says

    My father’s neovascular glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy has been cured. I used to talk about surgery

  8. Basant Pradhan says

    मेरो दाहिने आँखामा ग्लुकोमा गर्दा मेची आँखा अस्पताल मा शैल्य चिकित्सा गराएर पनि कुनै
    फायदा नहुनाले फेरि शंकर नेत्रालय,चेन्नईमा ग्लुकोमा को शैल्य चिकित्सा गराइयो। तर हाल
    जनवरी 2022 मा कोरोना बड़ेको कारणले आँखाको उपचार थाँतिमा नै राखी दार्जिलिंग फर्किनु पर्यो।के रहल उपचार तिलगंगा काठमाडौँ
    मा गर्नु मिल्ला कि?आँखाको रोशनी त्यति स्पष्ट छैन।

  9. Asem Mayabati says

    I want to concerned regarding opthalmologist who have diabetes retenopthy.
    Can it treatments?

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