Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology Now Offers Laser-Assisted Surgery for Cataracts

​Himalayan Cataract Project is one of two Signature Initiatives supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision (J&JV). As part of its corporate and social responsibility program, J&JV recently donated a Catalys laser to HCP that was installed at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Kathmandu, Nepal, and HCP’s flagship partner.

In August, a training consultant from J&JV traveled to Nepal to train a select group of Tilganga ophthalmologists to remove cataracts using the Catalys laser. Eleven senior physicians were trained and certified to use the system, including both the Founder of Tilganga, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, and Tilganga's CEO, Dr. Reeta Gurung. Tilganga is the first location in Nepal and the wider Asian region to be able to perform femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery using the Johnson & Johnson Vision Catalys Laser. This cutting edge technology continues to bolster Tilganga’s ophthalmic expertise as a leading Center of Excellence in the Himalayan region.

The excitement and momentum around the training were tremendous, prompting great interest from an additional cadre of 10-12 ophthalmologists at Tilganga in also becoming certified to use the Catalys.