Eye Doctor Restores Vision for More Than 130,000 in Nepal

Eye Doctor Restores Vision for More Than 130,000 in Nepal

Ophthalmologist spends years trekking on foot to perform cataract surgery.

Dr. Sanduk Ruit is an ophthalmologist who has trekked all over Nepal to perform cataract surgeries on blind people living in remote areas, Good News Network reports.

Dr. Ruit has embarked on seven-day hikes solely for the purpose of treating blindness. Since he first dedicated himself to treating blindness across his home country, he has personally restored vision to more than 130,000 people.

Dr. Ruit is the executive director of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, a Kathmandu-based nonprofit that caters to as many as 1 million patients.

Cataract lenses previously had to be imported from international manufacturers, and they cost as much as $300.

But Dr. Ruit and his organization have helped to source cataract lenses locally, however, so they now cost just $3.

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