Project #736

Himalayan Cataract Project: Remote Eye Camps

by Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.


A remote outreach eye camp will screen between 1,000 and 5,000 patients and restore sight to approximately 200 to 800 people in Nepal, Tibet, China, Bhutan or Northern India through cataract surgery.
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The World Health Organization estimates that 180 million people suffer from severe visual impairment (legally blind, by U.S. standards). The leading cause of blindness throughout the world is cataracts and 90% of this blindness is found in the developing world. A remote cataract surgery eye camp will restore sight to approximately 300 people in Nepal, Tibet, China, Bhutan or Northern India. Currently the project supports ten remote eye camps per year.


A team from the Tilganga Eye Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, will travel to a remote site, screen patients for cataracts and perform free surgery to those who need it. The Tilganga team also works with local medical personnel to provide further training.

Long-Term Impact

The suffering caused by blindness deeply affects the family of each unfortunate, blinded individual, especially in the Himalayas. With restored sight, many people return to work and to traditional roles in their families and societies.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


W.H.O - Visual impairment Fact Sheet
Chandra Maya, a cataract patient's story.
Outreach Eye Camp in Nepal

Organization Information

Himalayan Cataract Project, Inc.

Location: Waterbury, VT - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Geoff Tabin
Waterbury, VT United States