137 undergo cataract surgery in 2-day camp

KATHMANDU: With a lack of eye service centres in the country, people face a lot of problems of travelling great distances to come to cities (mainly Kathmandu) to avail of the services. It becomes costly and time consuming for the patients. So to help such needy eye patients, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Tilganga organises Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic (Mobile Surgical Eye Camp) every year to provide their services for those living in remote villages of the country.

The Institute organised a similar eye camp on May 13 and 14 at Dorambah, a remote village in Ramechhap district where a team led by Executive Director of the Institute Dr Sanduk Ruit accomplished cataract surgeries on 137 patients in the two-day camp. More than 700 eye patients got medical treatment from the team.

“The objective behind organising such camps is to give access to eye services to the people living in remote villages in the country. As cataract is one of the major causes for blindness, such camps help in identifying and treatment of the disease and help in prevention of the blindness,” informed Khim Grung, Outreach Programme Co-ordinator of the Institute.