In 5 Minutes, He Let's the Blind See

The Himalayan Cataract Project

$25, 10 Minutes, One Life Changed Forever

Hope From Tilganga

The himalayan cataract project brings world-class eye care to the needlessly blind

Eye Surgeons Making a Difference

Since 1995, the Himalayan Cataract Project has worked to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world with a steadfast commitment to training local providers and working with partners to leverage impact.

Cataract surgery is one of the most cost effective of all health interventions. (Source: World Health Organization)

The Cause

We have restored sight – and hope – for patients who might never have been reached

Our mobile eye-care campaigns and a growing network of specially trained surgeons and nurses are replicating our Nepal success in some of the most impoverished and hardest-to-reach locations on Earth, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and Ethiopia.

The Work

You can make a difference

Your donation to the Himalayan Cataract Project delivers immediate life-changing eye care to the poor and underserved populations that would otherwise go without.


Eye on the World

News • Events • Milestones

Profile in Training: Ethiopia's Dr. Alemu Tesfaw

A fellow in vitreous and retina surgery takes his training in Utah and Nepal back to his homeland, where the need for specialists is acute.

Gifts With Meaning

Nicholas Kristof's annual gift guide includes a number of organizations changing the world. We are thankful to be named as one of them.

Nurse Profile: The Power of One

Meet Marta Yeshitela Abebe, an ophthalmic nurse working to make a difference for those living with unnecessary blindness in Ethiopia.

Postcards from the Field: Bhutan

Pediatric eye care and outreach in Thimpu

In the Media: New Vision for Nepal

A portrait of Himalayan Cataract Project CEO Job Heintz, from the spring issue of Loquitur, the alumni magazine for Vermont Law School.

Why Support the Himalayan Cataract Project?

Our doctors have performed more than 445,000 cataract surgeries in the developing world through walk-in clinics and high-volume, improvised mobile eye camps. Some 18 million needlessly-blind cataract patients still await care, most of them with no place to turn.