Ophthalmic Care & General OPD

Sub-speciality of Opthalmology

Laser Eye Surgery or Laser Vision Correction

The Only Eye Bank in Nepal


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 organization. With an aim to act as a model for treatment, research and training, one of the active members of Apex Body for eye health, Ministry of Health (MoH), Nepal and working in co-operation with all other eye care centers in Nepal, the TIO facility was opened in 1994.

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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.

Prof. Dr. Sanduk Ruit, MD, FRACO

Founder & Executive Director

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Training & Education

The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TI0) in Kathmandu is renowned globally as an education and training facility.

Trainees come from all over the world to avail themselves of the high quality facilities and Tilganga’s unsurpassed academic record.

Since TIO established its education and training program, doctors and students have flown in not just from neighbouring Asian countries, but from Africa, Australia, the United States and Europe.

TIO’s education and training department is dedicated to the ongoing development of all levels of eye health.

TIO believes that continuous medical education maintains improvements in patient health care by supporting medical education programs that inform ophthalmologists of the most current and advanced levels of medical knowledge.

The Fred Hollows IOL Laboratory

The Fred Hollows IOL Laboratory is an internationally recognised manufacturing facility and an integral part of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.

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.

As an integral part of Tilganga Eye Centre, The Fred Hollows IOL Laboratory is an internationally recognised manufacturing facility which produces high quality intraocular lenses that are sold not only in Nepal, but to countries around the world. Commissioned in 1995 with funding from the Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia, and designed and constructed by engineers and techicians from New Zealand, Australia and Nepal, the laboratory guarantees the highest quality manufacturing facility and a finished product that matches world-class standards.

From the Publication


It’s a moment of pride to announce this year’s first issue; Jan-Apr 2021 ‘Envison’ newsletter. We appreciate this collaborative team effort from our family — Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO). This issue is themed on ‘Community Ophthalmology’ and almost all of the topics are pertaining to the subject accordingly. The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, […]


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