London Vision Clinic helping to reduce preventable and unnecessary blindness in Nepal

We’re working to reduce preventable and unnecessary blindness in Nepal. So far, we’ve helped hundreds of people to see again.

In Nepal, only the privileged few can afford corrective eye surgery. Even buying a pair of glasses is out of most people’s reach.

A painless, 10-minute procedure can restore someone’s sight. But in the world’s poorest countries, people are forced to suffer needlessly. The World Health Organisation estimates that 39 million people around the world suffer from blindness, with over 50% of avoidable cases caused by untreated cataracts.1

What we’ve been doing

Our first project was opening a Refractive Surgery Unit (RSU) at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in 2012, with the Himalayan Cataract Project. Here we have treated over 4,800 patients to date, with refractive surgery.

In 2018, we funded the Matrika Eye Foundation in Birgunj, within the Narayani Zone. Cataracts are the main cause of avoidable blindness in Nepal, and there are more people suffering from operable cataracts in the Narayani region than anywhere else in the country.2

The best man for the job

We run the Matrika project alongside our friend Dr Kishore Pradhan, who trained with us here in London in 2010.

“I wanted to learn every part of the process, as it is done at London Vision Clinic, from the ground to the top of the tree,” Kishore said of his time with us.

He did just that. Back in Nepal, Kishore carries out eye surgery to the same level received by patients at London Vision Clinic. He has performed over 30,000 cataract surgeries to date.

 

Right to left: Surgeon Dr Kishore Pradhan and Clinic Manager Mahesh Dhami

From Harley Street to the Himalayas

As well as our permanent clinics, we’ve been funding “eye camps”, where teams of surgeons (organised by Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology) visit communities across Nepal – and reach even the most remote areas of the Himalayas. In places where treatment would normally be completely out of reach, we’ve screened over 5,900 people, restoring sight to over 600 patients.

 

 

For many, this can mean seeing their loved ones for the first time in years. Kishore recalls his own experiences: “We witnessed women seeing their grandchildren for the first time. Breastfeeding mothers who had never before seen what their babies looked like. Even husbands seeing their wives for the first time in years saying ‘Oh, you’ve become older!’”

A priceless gift

Restoring someone’s vision completely transforms their life. And none of this would be possible without you – our patients at London Vision Clinic.

If you’d like to give to this wonderful cause, you can do so here.

London Vision Clinic Foundation is a Registered Charity No. 1122593.


[1] Source: World Health Organisation report on Visual Impairment and Blindness, 2010

[2] Source: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness report on the Epidemiology of Blindness in Nepal, 2012

LVC helping to reduce preventable and unnecessary blindness in Nepal

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