Himalayan Cataract Project

The Himalayan Cataract Project was co-founded by doctors Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin. Its roots are based at the Tilganga Eye Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, the first outpatient cataract surgery facility in the Himalayan region established in 1994 by Dr Ruit.  Dr Ruit and Dr Tabin formally started the Himalayan Cataract Project in 1995 as a charitable organization to support their work.

Recognizing that cataracts are treatable and cause 70% of unnecessary blindness in Nepal galvanized HCP’s founders, doctors Ruit and Tabin, to take action. Unkown to them at the time were a series of significant challenges they faced in their quest to eradicate blindness. Each challenge led to the furtherance of HCP’s core innovation.

Doctors Ruit and Tabin have been teaching their cataract surgery technique at ophthalmology meetings throughout the world, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons annual meetings and the World Ophthalmology Congress.


L-R: Dr Geoff Tabin, Sanjay Thapa & Dr Sanduk Ruit

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