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Empowering Sustainable Local Eye Care throughout the Himalayas and Beyond…

HCP has developed highly efficient approaches in each of the critical areas of surgery, training and education, so that its eye doctors and support teams can reach everyone – including the poor who often live in sparsely populated regions.

Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinics (OMECS or “eye camps”)

A blind woman is carried to an eye camp in Nepal.

Reaching the unreachable

Dr. Sanduk Ruit is credited as being the first Nepali doctor to perform modern cataract surgery with a sight restoring lens implant. He went on to adapt modern techniques for remote settings still maintaining the same high quality and low cost. This evolution in medical care for the poor became the basis for the Eye Care Model that is now replicated in other countries in the developing world.

Tilganga outreach teams often reach inaccessible areas by foot and more often than not arrive to communities with no electricity and minimal sanitation and potable water.

Within a matter of hours, the team can turn a dusty schoolhouse, or whatever building is available, into an equivalent medical ward where sight-restoring surgery is carried out to comparable standards found in the developed world.

Even in remote areas, the consistent goal of the team is to provide the highest quality eye care to as many people as possible and perform as many surgeries as possible. The eye camp ophthalmologists seek to treat everyone they can with a treatable eye disease. In most instances in these remote areas, the populations may be too small to warrant the training of ophthalmologists.

Backdrop: What it’s Like to be Blind in the Developing World