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Due to the remoteness of the Tripurasundari Municipality in Dolpa, access was only by charter plane and jeep convoy. Power at the clinic was limited to batteries charged by solar panels, and the clinic lacked running water.
Dr. Krishna, the surgical ophthalmologist from the Himalaya Eye Institute, performed over 40 surgeries, including a young woman who had recently blinded herself in one eye and urgently needed an IoL transplant.
As word spreads to the surrounding villages, often clinics can be over-run by men, women and children in need of healthcare, many urgently. The medical team work through the day to provide relief where they can.
At only 40 years of age this patient had developed cataracts in both eyes and was effectively blind. After surgery she was excited to have her sight restored on her left eye.
Purna has returned to an eye camp, having had his right eye operated on previously. He was developing cataracts in the left eye and needed a general screening for overall eye health.
Meera came by motorbike to the camp at the request of her daughter-in-law. After screening she was found to have cataracts in her left eye. 5 years ago Meera had visited an eye camp, and received cataract surgery on her right eye.
Dr. Aric Vaidya, Director of Kirtipur Eye Hospital.
“As the Medical Director of Kirtipur Eye Hospital, my mission is to combat darkness and restore the light of hope to those suffering from blindness. Through compassion, expertise, and unwavering dedication, we strive to bring the gift of sight back to those who have longed for it, illuminating their lives with the brilliance of vision restored.”
Dr. Aric Vaidya is a Consultant Oculoplastic & Cataract surgeon working at Kirtipur Eye Hospital for around 1 and ½ years. After completing his MD Ophthalmology from BPKIHS, he worked at Rapti Eye Hospital, Dang. He completed his 1-year fellowship training in Oculoplastic, Orbital & Lacrimal Surgery from Aichi Medical University Hospital, Japan in 2020 and Phacoemulsification training from Kushimoto Arita Hospital, Japan in 2020. He has published more than 40 pubmed indexed papers in different international journals. He is a lifetime member of Nepal Ophthalmic Society, Nepalese Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons and Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Angira Shrestha, Registrar, Department of Ophthalmology
“I was fortunate to work in the newly established department of ophthalmology at Dhulikhel Hospital in 2006 as a medical officer. That helped me gain an in-depth understanding of the need and scope of the field of eye care in Nepal”
Dr. Angira has extensive experience at eye hospitals across Nepal. Upon completing her residency at ONAMS, and after a directorship at a hospital in Hetauda she travelled to the United States to work with Dr. Russel Van Gelder, researching and advancing eye treatment and care. Upon returning to Nepal, Dr. Angira has been working with Dhulikhel for more than 4 years expanding the rural eye programmes, and surgical programmes alongside education and training improvements.
Professor Eliya Shrestha, Medical Director, HEH
“Being an Ophthalmologist and working as a Medical Director in The Himalaya Eye Hospital has been a great honour to me. It is very satisfying to see blind people smiling after regaining their sight through surgery. It is my great privilege to serve the needy blind people.”
Dr. Eilya has been with the team at HEH for nearly 15 years. After graduating in Bangladesh she worked at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. In 2009 she participated in a fellowship at LVPEI, India. In 2013 Eliya had a Fellowship in Ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital in the USA. She has since routinely published in her field and is a lifetime member of both the Nepalese and Indian Ophthalmic Societies.
The NNJS is a non-profit making, non-governmental, welfare oriented social organisation representing the Government of Nepal and the Social Welfare Council of Nepal in the sphere of eye care activities. It oversees implementation of the government’s national eye care programme. It currently has 21 hospitals and 126 eye care clinics within its portfolio making it the largest non-governmental ophthalmic welfare organisation in Nepal. REF, after working in collaboration with NNJS since 2019, established a formal Memorandum of Understanding with NNJS in May 2022.