HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Tilganga Eye Hospital in coordination with a Swiss company has been working on simplifying procedures for cataract surgery to make it cheaper for general public.
“We have been able to simplify the procedure, Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery, and slashed the cost of equipment necessary by about half,” said hospital Director Dr Sanduk Ruit.
The equipment cost US $ 50,000 in the international market. “Probably we can slash it down to $10,000,” said Dr Ruit, who was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2006.
“Our work will benefit people in under-developed countries. As the overhead costs decreases, the procedure will cost less and more people can afford the surgery,” he added. A cataract is a clouding that develops in the lens of the eye. It varies in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructs the passage of light.
Ruit’s invention –– small-incision cataract surgery — has helped thousands regain vision.
KATHMANDU: A cataract surgery camp organised by the Pullahari Monastery with technical support from Tilganga Eye Hospital began on Tuesday in Kapan. Around 230 people from six districts surrounding Kathmandu are expected to benefit from the camp. The monastery has organised such camps in Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading, Makawanpur, Rasuwa in the last 16 years. “The camp is for social-service,” said Fugi Gurung of the monastery.