Lumbini Eye Institute
SummaryThe Lumbini Eye Institute (LEI) is one of the leading and most successful eye care centers in Nepal. It is also considered as one of the finest example of self-sustainable eye care facility in entire South Asia.
The primary objectives of LEI is to provide high-quality and high-volume eye care services in affordable form to the rural population through multi-pronged approaches.
Key program components
The Lumbini Eye Institute (LEI) has its roots in a two-room clinic of four staff, established in 1983. Today, LEI has evolved from a small eye clinic to one of the leading and most successful eye care centers in Nepal. It is also considered as one of the finest example of self-sustainable eye care facility in all of South Asia.
At the grassroots level, LEI provides primary eye care services that are provided through house-to-house visit, school screening, screening camps at sub health post and health post levels, which are vital components of primary eye care and treatment of eye disease. At the district level, eye care services are provided through primary eye care centers where basic eye disease are treated, glasses are prescribed, outreach surgical camps are organized and special investigation are referred to the base eye hospital. Tertiary eye care services, as well as high volume cataract surgery, are provided at the zonal level at the Shree Rana-Ambika eye hospital in Bhairahawa. The base hospital is now becoming a campus with the addition of the Lumbini Eye Institute (affiliated under National Academy of Medical Sciences), that offers education, training, research and improved rural service delivery. The 215-bed base hospital boasts a cadre of experienced ophthalmologists and paramedical staff and serves more than 550 OPD patients and performs 75 to 170 eye surgeries daily.
In collaboration with the Aravind Eye Care System in India, as well as other partners, Lumbini has created a low-cost, high-volume operational structure and currently provides 25% of all sight-restoring surgeries in Nepal.
In order to share the expertise & experiences and for the transfer of skill, LEI is building institutional linkages in countries like Tibet, Cambodia, etc.
As of 2008, LEI had performed 35,466 surgeries and served 2,982,696 clients.