Tilganga Institute of Opthalmology, Nepal

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization which was officially launched in July 1992 to support the prevention & control of blindness in Nepal and the region. With an aim to act as a model for treatment, research and training. TIO is an active members of the Apex Body for Eye hHalth, Ministry of Health (MoH), Nepal and works in co-operation with all other eye care centres in Nepal. The TIO facility was opened in 1994.

In the early years, working with The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), Australia, TIO played a key role to help refine and adapt a practical, safe, and affordable technique of intraocular lens implant for cataract surgery in developing countries. Another key achievement in the early days was the establishment of the country’s first eye bank, in conjunction with Tissue Banks International in Baltimore, USA, and Lions International.

Another vital international association of TIO early on was with the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), USA. They helped to run unique projects empowering local physicians to alleviate the suffering caused by blindness, including skills-transfer education, cost-recovery, research, and the creation of a network of eye care facilities.


Mei Wen with Dr Sanduk Ruit

Projects with our Partner

Specialist Training Scholarships at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

Since 2009, Wen Giving Foundation has funded scholarships for 14 doctors to undertake specialist ophthalmology training at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nep ...

Cataract Outreach Camp in Dolakha, Nepal

In May 2018, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology team headed by Dr Sanduk Ruit travelled seven hours to Dolakha in Kathmandu to run a cataract outreach camp. Dolakha was the ep ...

4WD for Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

Wen Giving Foundation gifted a 4WD drive vehicle to be used by surgical teams from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to provide eye care in remote communities of Nepal, India ...