Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

Nov 2, 2012

Two High Volume Cataract Outreach Camps in Nepal

A patient after a successful cataract surgery.
A patient after a successful cataract surgery.

In October, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) held two remote eye camps in Nepal, one in Hetauda and another in Phaplu.

HCP Co-Directors Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit visited the Hetauda Community Eye Hospital and helped in an outreach microsurgical eye clinic. Affiliated Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Crandall also participated, along with Hetauda ophthalmologists Drs. Pratibha Lama Joshi and Angira Shrestha.

A total of 1,200 patients were screened and 247 cataract surgeries were provided. 

Following Hetauda, Drs. Tabin and Crandall, together with partners from the District Community Eye Center, Solu Hospital, Nepal Red Cross Society and Himalayan Health and Environment Services, HCP and Tilganga, managed a two-day high-volume surgical event at the Phaplu Community Eye Center in honor of World Sight Day. 1,551 patients were screened and 92 cataract surgeries were provided to people from Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang. 

Tilamaya Bishwokarma, a 70 year old woman in Nepal, lost her sight more than a year and a half ago.  Unable to receive treatment in her remote village, Tilamaya was carried to Phaplu to receive cataract surgery.  After her successful cataract surgery she stated, "I never thought I would see this day."

Patients waiting for cataract surgery in Phaplu.
Patients waiting for cataract surgery in Phaplu.
Patients after receiving care.
Patients after receiving care.

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Project Leader

Geoff Tabin

Waterbury, VT United States

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