About Academic & Training Department
Nepal Blindness Survey conducted in 1981 revealed that 0.84% of the Nepali populations are blind and 1.7% has unilateral blindness. Besides, 90% of the blinds reside in rural areas therefore blindness is really a serious public health imposing a social as well as economic burden to our country. In order to reduce the global burden of blindness, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a broad coalition of international, non-governmental and private organizations launched, a global initiative “Vision 2020: The Right to Sight", in Geneva on 18th February 1999. Similarly, the South East Asia Region (SEARO) declared on 30th September 1999 for member countries to come forward with strategies and guidelines for the elimination of avoidable blindness from the region by 2020. Nepal Eye Program was oﬃcially launched in July 1992 to support the prevention of blindness program in Nepal. The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is th...Read More
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Short Term Training in Cornea and External Eye Disease (3 Months) Course Objective General objective To improve the diagnostic skill, decision making process and surgical skill of participants i...
TIO's MD Residency Program in ophthalmology is coordinated with the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS). It's a fully accredited three year program designed to provide intensive clinical train...
Bachelor of Optometry and Vision Science (BOVS), NAMS Optometry is a unique primary eye care profession. TIO offers 4 Years Bachelor of Optometry and vision science affiliated to NAMS, and two years...
Optometry is a unique primary eye care profession. TIO offers two years post graduate degree, Master of Optometry (M. optom) in collaboration with Pokhara University. TIO is pioneer in the field of op...
SHORT TERM TRAINING IN PHACOEMULSIFICATION Course Objective This course was started in 2009 to train Ophthalmologists in manual PHACO. The objective of this course is to convert a SICS surgeon to p...
Short Term Training In Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) Course Objective This course was started in the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to train Ophthalmologists in manual SICS....
Proficiency Certificate Level (PCL) in Ophthalmic Science program was started at Nepal Eye Program, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology from 2000 AD. Previously it was affiliated with the Kathmandu Un...
Course Objective General care of ophthalmic equipments & instruments Common maintenance tasks & techniques to handle ophthalmic equipments & instruments Developing procedures for keeping track of the...
Course Objective General objective At the completion of the training, the studentsshould be able to read the parameters of Soft spherical, soft toric and Spherical RGP contact lens. They should be ab...
We Have Highly Qualified Teachers
Dr Sanduk Ruit
Dr. Ruit eventually graduated at the top of his class at All India Medical College and pursued an ophthalmic fellowship in Australia, where he was introduced to a remarkable procedure to reverse cataract blindness. With this inspiration, he returned to Nepal, and in 1992, Dr. Ruit founded Tilganga eye clinic in Kathmandu, intent on providing access in his home country to the same high-quality care he had experienced abroad (at the time, Nepal had one of the highest rates of blindness in the world). Dr. Ruit expanded his clinic from restoring sight for 75 patients/week to what has become the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Nepal’s national Center of Excellence, treating up to 1500 patients a day and training hundreds of surgeons, ophthalmic nurses and bio-engineers from over 43 countries to tackle the elimination of needless cataract blindness on a global scale.
Dr Reeta Gurung
- Chief Executive Officer
She was awarded for a short course in Tropical Ophthalmology from the Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London (1990), and successfully completed the University of Wales’ Course on Clinical Refraction (1989) and Course on Lasik (2000). Dr. Reeta completed her studies in General Medicine from 1st Pavlov Medical Inst. Leningrad, USSR (1984), and obtained a MSC (Ophthalmology) from Bristol University (1990). She was awarded a fellowship in Cornea and External Eye Diseases from the Eye Hospital Rotterdam, Holland (2001) and a MSC in Community Ophthalmology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the UK (2006). Dr Reeta has worked across diverse and varied settings, including at the Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth, UK; Department of Ophthalmology, Cheltenham, General Hospital, UK; Nepal Eye Hospital and Maternity Hospital; and the United Mission Hospital.
Dr Govinda Poudyal
Prof. Dr. Poudyal is the Academic Chief, Academic and Training Department and Retinal Surgeon in Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO). He is the Professor and co-coordinator of Subject Committee, Ophthalmology in National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS). He completed his MD in Ophthalmology from Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1996. He pursued a highly prestigious postgraduate one year clinical fellowship in vitero-retina at Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Australia in 2000.
DR. SUMAN S. THAPA
SUMAN S. THAPA, MD, Ph.D. is a Professor of Ophthalmology. He currently is serving as the President of the Glaucoma Society of Nepal (2019 – 2021), Vice President, SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology, Immediate Past President of the Nepal Ophthalmic Society (2016-2018), Member of the Associate Advisory Board – World Glaucoma Association and Chairperson of the Institutional Research Committee. He is an adjunct Professor of MAHE university, Karnataka, India. He has lectured at Grand Rounds in Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, University of Michigan, University of Iowa and John Moran Eye Centre, Utah.
Dr. Rohit Saiju
Dr. Saiju completed his MD in Ophthalmology from Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine Kathmandu in 2001. He pursued a postgraduate one year clinical fellowship in Orbit, Plastic and Lacrimal disorders in University of Melbourne in 2004 and serving this hospital for last two decades. For his contributions in clinical and scientific services for the country he was awarded with – Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology- APAO Distinguished service award 2014 and APAO Achievement award 2021. Dr. Saiju is President for Nepal Ophthalmic Society (NOS) 2021-22
- Chief Operating Officer
Pitambar Adhikari is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nepal Eye Program, Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology.
What People Say
"Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology": Nothing is impossible I am an Oculoplastic surgeon in Mongolia. I work around the eyelid, orbit, tear drainage system and sometimes I do cosmetic surgeries as well. But I decided to visit the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology for learning small incision cataract surgery. Why? Because Mongolia has one of the lowest cataract surgical rates in Asia. Dr. Sanduk Ruit at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology is known as a "God of sight". During my training in Nepal, I found he well deserved to be called by this name. Because he is a game-changer of cataract surgery. He decreased the cataract surgery cost by more than 10 times less than before with his technique and millions of poor people in the world had a chance to have a sight! Doing surgery is one thing. But reaching people is another thing. We saw Dr. Ruit's team did more than 600 hundred cataract surgeries within a few days during Lumbini Eye camp. We were so excited to see those happy faces a day after the surgery. We want to see this happy smile on our people's faces in our country. That's why me and my team decided to be involved in this charity work to give a sight to our people in Mongolia. Yesterday I watched the movie "14 peaks" which is a 2021 documentary film directed by Torquil Jones. It is a movie about fearless Nepali mountaineer Nimsdai Purja embarking on a seemingly impossible quest to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks in seven months. Everyone says, no it is impossible. But he made it. Similarly Dr. Ruit and his team at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology proves "Nothing is impossible ''. Many young ophthalmologists, like me, were inspired by your team. I will never forget those happy faces a day after the surgery. I will work hard to see more happy faces! Namaste !!
Bayasgalan Purevdorj (Baysa), MD, FICO, MMed
Lecturer at Department of Ophthalmology, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences
I came to know about Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) while I was student of M. Sc. in CEH at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The memory of my stay with TIO team during my training period will remain within me all through my life. It was an amazing and extraordinary experience for me to become exposed to such training and an outreach activity. The total procedure is outstanding and it sets an example for other developing countries in this region. I have become quite inspired to carry out such activities in my country which definitely will have an impact to reduce the cataract backlog. As I was a fresh starter in IOL surgery, this training helped me to gain confidence in microsurgery. I have learnt basic steps in IOL surgery from this session. Usually a surgeon has to do a lot of surgery to become competent. All the surgeons at TEC are expert and cooperative towards learner. As TIO established itself as a world renowned cataract surgery with IOL training center, which is more appreciable.
Dr. Lutful Husain
Centre for Woman and Child health (CWCH), Ashulia, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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