Nepal’s Potential as a Global Hub for Eye Treatment

The city of Lahan in eastern Nepal is approximately 800 kilometers away from the home of Mohammed Samim in Bangladesh. However, this distance was no longer a barrier for him when he learned that eye treatment in Lahan would be of high quality and at an affordable price. Unable to find satisfactory treatment in his own country and various hospitals in India, he decided to come to Lahan, a bustling city in the Madhesh Province. Currently, he is filled with excitement, fueled by a deep belief that Lahan will restore his eyesight. Not only him, but 18 other Bangladeshi nationals have also chosen Lahan with the belief that their eyesight can be restored. Among them are individuals of different age groups, including 17-year-old Samim, who started experiencing clear vision in his left eye after cataract surgery—a success that eluded him in various hospitals in India. This is precisely why Lahan’s Eye Hospital has proven to be a ‘Godsend’ for him and other individuals facing eye-related challenges.

In addition to Sagarmatha Chaudhary Eye Hospital, Nepal is also the home to the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, renowned worldwide for its specialized eye treatments. Established in 1992 by Dr. Sanduk Ruit, this non-profit, community-based, non-government organization gained global recognition in 2019 when it was designated as a WHO Collaboration Centre of Ophthalmology by the World Health Organization.

With experts like Ruit and hospitals like the one in Lahan and Kathmandu earning the trust of the public, Nepal has the potential to become a global center for eye treatment. The growing number of foreign visitors seeking eye treatment not only enhances the reputation of hospital services but also contributes to increased local income.

Rather than pursuing the impossible, it would be wiser for us to focus on achievable goals. While Nepalis often travel abroad for the treatment of other diseases, we could establish Nepal as the destination for eye treatment. This approach not only provides an opportunity to offer quality services but also positions the country as a hub for ‘medical tourism.’ It is a golden opportunity to convey to the world that tourism can be promoted not only based on education, heritage, nature, and tranquility but also through medical services. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the country to start planning today to fully capitalize on this opportunity.


1. Kako se zove gradić u istočnom Nepalu o kojem se govori u članku?
– Gradić se zove Lahan.

2. Kako se zove bolnica u Lahanu koja pruža kvalitetnu uslugu liječenja očiju?
– Bolnica se zove Lahan’s Eye Hospital.

3. Kako se zove institut za oftalmologiju u Nepalu koji je svjetski poznat po specijaliziranim tretmanima očiju?
– Institut se zove Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.

4. Tko je osnovao Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology?
– Institut je osnovao dr. Sanduk Ruit.

5. Kada je Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology dobio priznanje kao WHO Collaboration Centre of Ophthalmology?
– Institut je dobio to priznanje 2019. godine.

6. Koju šansu otvara Nepalu rastući broj stranih posjetitelja koji traže liječenje očiju?
– Otvara se šansa da Nepal postane globalni centar za liječenje očiju.

7. Kako bi Nepal mogao iskoristiti priliku za razvoj medicinskog turizma?
– Nepal bi trebao planirati i ulagati u razvoj kvalitetnih oftalmoloških usluga i promovirati se kao destinacija za liječenje očiju.

Suggested related links:
1. Lahan’s Eye Hospital
2. Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology