Pioneer in eye care service, Nepal Eye Hospital is the first eye hospital in Nepal. The oldest eye hospital in Nepal was established in the capital city, Kathmandu in march 1973. Before this historic year, eye care service used to be provided at the Ophthalmology department of Bir Hospital- the oldest general hospital owned by the Nepal Government.
With active initiation of well-renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ram Prasad Pokharel and other like-minded distinguished personalities, the Government of Nepal established Nepal Eye Hospital (NEH) as a separate hospital to provide eye care service to growing eye patients of Nepal.
Being the only government-authorized eye hospital in the country, Ministry of Health and Population under the Government of Nepal has been continually providing financial aid to the hospital management and staff including eye care practitioners once working at the Department of Ophthalmology in Bir Hospital.
Nepal Eye Hospital has witnessed several changes in the health sector of Nepal and experienced phenomenal growth in around half-century, with the establishment of its own technologically equipped modern facilities designed along the lines of finest and best eye hospitals in the region.
Valuable assistance from various national and international agencies, along with financial support from the Government of Nepal, has made it possible for Nepal Eye Hospital to be a strong pillar in the history of eye care service in Nepal. Japan has become the biggest supporter of Nepal Eye Hospital since its establishment.
With its six operation theaters and modern eye care equipment, Nepal Eye Hospital is able to perform around thirty eye surgeries and provides OPD service to over 400 patients every day. Nepal Eye Hospital has a team of highly qualified ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic assistants, technical staff, and management members.
Nepal Eye Hospital was solely responsible for providing eye care services for about 20 million people of the country for an initial 20 years after establishment. To provide the best possible comprehensive eye-care services to all sections of society irrespective of caste, creed or economic considerations has remained the prime objective of Nepal Eye Hospital.
Nepal Eye Hospital always aims at providing economically affordable eye health services in the region with the utilization of most modern and state of the art technology covering the three tiers of health care-prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
NEH has also maintained its focus on training to produce its own ophthalmic manpower in the country. Similarly, being the pioneer institution in the field of eye care service in the country, this hospital is being involved in the area of scientific research utilizing its own resources to its fullest extent.
At present Nepal Eye Hospital is a fully-fledged eye hospital with all ophthalmic sub-specialties under one roof. Despite being a non-governmental organization (NGO), the Government of Nepal has continually been providing financial assistance to the hospital.
The hospital recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Kansai Medical University for mutual cooperation regarding a wide range of medical training and related services. The hospital has good relations with Lions Aravind International Center for Ophthalmology (LAICO), Aravind Hospital, and has currently been using the Integrated Hospital Management System (IHMS) developed by the center.
Nepal Eye Hospital in collaboration with Operation Eyesight Universal regularly conducts cataract screening camps, free cataract surgical eye camps, and school screening programs in various parts of Nepal. Besides, the hospital is looking forward to enhancing relations with various national and international organizations dedicated to ophthalmic services.
Academic Programs of Nepal Eye Hospital
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in Ophthalmology
Under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), this hospital has been conducting M.D. in Ophthalmology program for more than a decade.
Bachelor in Optometry and Vision Science
Under the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) Bir hospital, NEH has enrolled 8 students each year for Bachelor in Optometry and Vision Science, a four years program since 2018. Likewise, this hospital is also conducting a one-year internship in the optometry programs for students studying outside the country.
Diploma in Orthoptics
Nepal Eye Hospital has been successfully conducting a Diploma in Orthoptics (Level-4) training. The qualified orthoptists produced by this hospital are working in several hospitals and clinics of Nepal and foreign countries.
Internship in Ophthalmology
Nepal Eye Hospital has been providing 15 days of Internship Training in Ophthalmology for MBBS students for more than a decade.
Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology
Nepal Eye Hospital has been providing clinical practice in Ophthalmology to students of PCL Nursing, B.Sc. Nursing, and PCL Health Sciences.
Services of Nepal Eye Hospital
In Hospital services
OPD (Out Patient Department) services
Hospital OPD runs six days a week (Sunday – Friday). Registration for OPD opens from 8:30 till 12:30 and the examination begins at 9:00. For ease of patients, the token system has been introduced. The patient gets a token upon arrival and waits for his/her turn while enjoying TV shows in a spacious well furnished waiting hall.
After registration, the patient moves on to the OPD hall where another token is provided for the OPD examination. The consultant ophthalmologist in OPD after thorough examination prescribes patients with necessary medications/glasses. Patients requiring further treatment/investigation are referred to other subspecialty clinics accordingly.
OPD is the most crowded area in the hospital. NEH OPD handles around 500 patients every day, with over 600 patients on Sundays.
General OPD (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM) – Registration: NRs. 80.00
Private OPD (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM) NRs. 350.00
Nepal Eye Hospital boasts of a 99-bed in-patient ward. Patients undergoing surgeries are admitted in the In-patient ward for further management. Different room facilities like general, semi-private, daycare, and cabin are available as per patient preferences.
Operation Theater (OT)
The hospital Operation Theater has recently been renovated/upgraded to meet WHO standards. The hospital at present operates 6 fully functional Operation Theaters equipped with the latest state of the art operating microscopes, surgical equipment and instruments
Investigation and Diagnostic services
The Investigation Department of the hospital is equipped with the latest state of the art diagnostic equipment like OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), Fundus Photography, FFA (Fundus Fluorescence Angiography), Humphrey Perimetry, B Scan (Ultrasonography), Goldman Perimetry, Pachymetry, Optical Biometry, Non-Contact Air Puff Tonometry, Auto Refractor.
The hospital houses a modern full functional Pathology lab. Besides, providing pathological test services to surgery bound patients of the hospital the lab provides service to the general public as well.
Optical/ Medicine Dispensary
The Hospital has the provision of in-house Optical dispensary and Medical Dispensary for the patients. The Optical provides quality eyeglasses to patients at a reasonable/affordable cost.
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NEH library is housed in a spacious, air-conditioned hall, adequate seating furniture, and bookshelves. In addition, a separate audio-visual room and reading room are available. The NEH library is well-equipped with computers and audio-visual facilities including research room overhead and side Internet facility is also available. Other facilities such as photocopying, printing are provided on need-basis.
The NEH library has an excellent collection of books and journals relating to clinical and community ophthalmology. At present, there are around 1,500 books, 3 regular journals, a number of irregular issues, and more than 1000 old issues of various journals. This number is still growing. Further, the Library has CDs/DVDs, video cassettes and slides for the benefit of its members. 5 daily newspapers are also available to help the Doctor, staff, and students to stay up-to-date with general events.
-Orbit and oculoplastic clinic
Orbit and Occulplasty Clinic runs two days a week on Tuesday and Friday. All kind of oculoplastic surgeries are performed in the hospital
The cornea clinic runs every Sunday. The cornea clinic of the hospital is equipped with Slit Lamp with Video Recording and Photography features. The hospital plans to introduce Corneal Transplantation in the near future.
-Contact lens clinic
The contact lens clinic in the hospital provides service on all working days. Besides, the hospital provides contact lenses at a reasonable price with better patient counseling and training.
The orthoptics clinic runs on all working days. The clinic has provisions for various eye exercises to treat lazy eye along with various tests like Goldman, Stereoacuity, Color Vision, Visual Function, and Squint Workup.
Glaucoma clinic runs 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The hospital recently added Supra 810 Laser from Quantel Medical, France for Glaucoma Treatment. The hospital has the latest version of OCT and Humphrey for Glaucoma Diagnosis
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases to affect the retina. The increasing number of diabetic patients has also resulted in an increase in patients in the retina clinic. Retina Clinic runs 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). NEH OT is equipped with Vitrectomy Machine from Alcon, the USA for Vitreoretinal Surgeries and investigation department is furnished with latest OCT, Green Laser and Fundus Photography for Retinal Diagnoses
Pediatric and Squint Clinic runs three days a week on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Pediatric patients with squint can undergo squint correction surgery at Nepal Eye Hospital.
-Low vision clinic
This clinic is dedicated to low vision evaluation, assessment, and rehabilitation services for low vision patients.
Satellite Clinics of NEH
Nepal Eye Hospital in the process of extending its services has been providing service through vision centers. The hospital has already begun service from Tokha and Thankot vision center and the process is underway to establish vision center at Sankhu and Khokana in the near future
- Tokha Vision Center – Operating since September 2017
- Thankot Vision Center – Operating since February 2019
- Khokana Vision Center – Process underway
- Sankhu Vision Center – Process underway
Secondary Level Eye Hospital at Simara, Bara
The hospital has also initiated the process of establishing a secondary level eye hospital at Simara, Bara. In the initial phase, 5 kattha land has been acquired for hospital infrastructure and the process is underway to begin the construction work soon. The hospital targets to provide comprehensive eye care service at the best affordable price with this new unit.
Useful Links about Nepal Eye Hospital
Nepal Eye Hospital
Phone: 977-01-4260813, 4250691
If you are looking for quality eye care services in Kathmandu, visit Nepal Eye Hospital.