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Community Eye Centers

Ophthalmic assistants manage the Bhaktapur Community Eye Center in Nepal.

Community Eye Centers (CECs) are an important innovation in the developing world because they ensure care for the poorest and most unreachable patients. CECs are staffed by ophthalmic assistants trained to provide basic eye care, screen for infection, refer patients to doctors, and assist in outreach efforts. These centers offer essential eye care to the underserved including:

  • diagnosis, treatment, referrals
  • screening activities in local schools and community centers
  • outreach and education
  • assistance in pre-screening and operation of surgical eye camps
  • recruitment of local inhabitants for training as assistants and technicians
  • direction in executing community health initiatives

Together with Tilganga and The Fred Hollows Foundation, HCP supports eight CECs in Nepal in Dhading, Nuwakor, Ramechap, Sindu, Solu and Bhaktapur, Rasuwa.