About Us

A brief account of the journey thus far…

Nepal Eye Program was officially launched in July 1992 to support the prevention & control of blindness in Nepal and the region. Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) is the implementing body of the Nepal Eye Program, a not-for-profit, community-based, non-government organization. With an aim to act as a model for treatment, research and training, independent yet working in co-operation with all other eye care centres and organizations in Nepal, the current TIO facility was opened in 1994.

In the early years, working with The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), Australia, TIO played a key role to help refine and adapt a practical, safe, and affordable technique of intraocular lens implant for cataract surgery in developing countries. Another key achievement in the early days was the establishment of the country’s first eye bank, in conjunction with Tissue Banks International in Baltimore, USA, and Lions International.

Another vital international association of TIO early on was with the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), USA. They helped to run unique projects empowering local physicians to alleviate the suffering caused by blindness, including skills-transfer education, cost-recovery, research, and the creation of a network of eye care facilities.

With the establishment of the state of the art manufacturing facility for intraocular lenses funded, designed & constructed by FHF, TIO had started off considerably well equipped in its journey towards blindness prevention and eye care. After fourteen years, TIO is still determined in its mission to be the hub for ophthalmic services, academia and research. The current focus of TIO is on strengthening its academic unit, opening more rural community eye centres in the hilly and mountainous districts of Nepal and above all sharing the ‘Tilganga’ model of eye care concept to others.

Through the assistance of HCP and FHF, TIO is regularly conducting high volume remote cataract surgery camps and establishing sustainable rural eye care infrastructure in Nepal. HCP is also partially funding the current expansion project of TIO into a new building to manage our increasing demand. The FHF has been providing continued technical assistance to the IOL laboratory over the years and now has completed the total transition of control of the laboratory to TIO.

Overall, TIO has crossed many milestones and has now grown into a centre for high quality ophthalmic services, products, training and academia. However, the burden of blindness in Nepal is still large, TIO and its staff feel there is still much more to do and many more challenges to overcome.

Dr. Sanduk Ruit & Team

Our Team

Our everyday success is made possible by this team of dedicated professionals.

Dr. Reeta Gurung

Chief Executive Officer

Yam Bahadur Mahat

Chief Operating Officer

Prof. Dr. Govinda Paudyal, MD

Academic Chief

Bhagirath Baniya

Nabin Kumar Rai

Deputy Director Programs

Dr. Suman Thapa, MD, PhD

Head of Glaucoma Clinic & Research Department

Dr. Rohit Saiju, MD

Deputy Director, Hospital Services

Ram Chandra Khanal

Mr. Naveen Prakash Adhikari

Director Manufacturing

Our Services

General Services . Specialty Services . Laser Eye Surgery

General Services

An OPD (outpatient department) is where modern ophthalmic care is given to the general public. From TIO’s inception to-date interventions and modalities such as modern cataract, corneal transplant, glaucoma surgeries, vitreo-retinal surgeries, orbital surgeries, strabismus surgery and refractive surgery have been offered.

Specialty Services

TIO’s clinical services are divided into a number of specialist services, each handling a particular sub-speciality of ophthalmology.

Laser Eye Surgery

Tilganga’s Refractive Surgery Unit opened in January 2012 and offers the latest in laser technology for the correction of corneal problems. It has been developed with TIO partners to become a leader in laser surgery in the developing world.

Extended Service

The service is held from 15:30-17:30, Monday to Friday to allow for patients unable to attend during regular outpatient hours because of work, business or school commitments.

The Fred Hollows IOL Laboratory

The Fred Hollows IOL Laboratory is an internationally recognised manufacturing facility.

The Fred Hollows Intraocular lens Laboratory (FH IOL Lab), has been striving for excellence in intraocular lenses (IOLs) manufacturing and has been producing innovative and superior intraocular lens designs and supporting products since its inception in 1995. Initiated by The Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia, its products are sold to almost 30 countries around the world.

Our International Supporters:

  • USAID, USA
  • AUSAID, Australia
  • All For Charity Australia/Hong Kong
  • ORBIS International, USA
  • International Federation Eye & Tissue Banks, USA
  • Nick Simon Foundation
  • Healing Tree, Australia
  • SOIR-IM, Sweden
  • Vision Tibet Foundation
  • Rotary Club International
  • NAFA Queensland, Australia
  • Solstice Foundation Canada Laurie Payne
  • Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Nepal Glaucoma Eye Clinic Association, Australia
  • London Vision Clinic Foundation

Our National Supporters:

  • Anand Singh, Nepal
  • Australian Embassy
  • Himali Health and Environment Services
  • Indra Shova Madhikarmi Joy Foundation, Nepal
  • Lhun Drup Choling Monastery
  • Laxmi Devi Shrestha
  • Lions Club
  • Nepal Scouts
  • Nepal Red Cross Society
  • Piyush Bahadur Amatya
  • Rotary Club
  • Standard Chartered Bank Limited, Kathmandu
  • Satya Sai Kendra
  • Tama Koshi Sewa Samiti
  • Namaste Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Dr. Keshar Man Bajracharya
  • Nepal Galucoma Support Group
  • Nabil Bank Ltd.
  • Himalayan Bank Ltd.
  • Pashupati Development Trust
  • Sanima Bank