Eye Bank

The concept of the Eye Bank was supported by the International Federation of Eye and Tissue Banks (IFETB), before TIO was even built in 1994.

As the only Eye Bank in Nepal it has the responsibility to carry out various important functions, including:

  1. Harvesting corneas
  2. Processing and preserving corneas
  3. Blood testing
  4. Distribution of corneas
  5. Conducting public awareness campaigns
  6. Maintaining the records of patients who are waiting for corneal transplants

In the initial years, corneas were excised from a deceased body in the open at the cremation site at Pashupatinath temple (the major cremation site of Kathmandu), mostly on the bank of river with crowd of people watching. With an active participation of Lions Club of Pashupatinath and generous support from Pashupati Area Development Trust, a proper Eye Donation Information Center & Cornea Excision Center was set up at the Cremation site of Bhasmeswar Ghat of Pashupati Area. With this facility, information & counseling services are is provided to the relatives of deceased people.

Training and orientation in eye banking has also been given to doctors and medical students of other eye hospitals of Nepal and other countries.

Public awareness campaigns for cornea donation have required a lot of commitment and it is a continuous process for the Eye Bank technicians, local Lions clubs, entertainers and individuals, who have all participated in innovative public awareness campaigns, high-profile donations and cornea pledge meetings. One of the highlights in 2009 when prominent artists of Nepal got together and made paintings for TIO. All these paintings were exhibited to raise funds for the eye bank. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done to achieve even more awareness.

A memorial service is organized every year for all the eye donors. The families of the donors pay respect to their deceased relative and the benefactors (cornea transplanted patients) join in to express gratitude and share their experience of their journey from darkness to light.

Nepal Eye Bank Brochure


Case Story

Lekha's Future Looks Bright

Case Story of Seven-year-old Lekha Pun Magar

Seven-year-old Lekha Pun Magar has a small bag of belongings at her feet and a big smile on her face. Lekha and her family lives in small village 440 kilometres north west of Kathmandu.

The world was dark for Sabin Bogati

This was because he was blind by birth.

Sabin Bogati, 18, lives in Setidhovan VDC-4, Syanja. He was blind by birth. He visited in different hospitals for sight and did also cataract surgery but he couldn’t see. When he knew about the Tilganga and cornea donation he came toTIO .He was 7at that time.


Check out other services at TIO

Speciality 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.

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.

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