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:
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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.
8. Bharatpur Eye Hospital(BEH):
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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.
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.
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.