The Himalaya Eye Hospital in Pokhara was opened in 1993 and is supported by the Eye Care Foundation. The Himalaya Eye Hospital also serves as a training institute where students learn as interns.
Eye camps and check up camps
The hospital regularly organises eye camps and diagnosis camps. In central locations in the remote, mountainous areas they perform surgical eye camps. During these camps as many patients as possible are operated on in a short space of time. During the diagnosis camps, patients are examined and brought for surgery to the hospital, if necessary. The patients often travel long distances on foot to get to the eye camp.
The video below gives an impression of an eye camp in Bhacheck, Nepal in 2009.
Like the Mechi Eye Hospital, the Himalayan Eye Hospital maintains regular eye exams at schools and with the elderly. During these screenings, eyes are checked thoroughly. If necessary, patients are referred to a hospital where they get further eye care.
In 2015, Nepal was hit by devastating earthquakes. The Himalaya Eye Hospital immediately offered emergency aid to the victims of this disaster. Blankets, tents, soap, food, water and other supplies were distributed.