Famed Nepali ophthalmologist Dr. Sanduk Ruit, founder of Tilganga Eye Hospital, Kathmandu was awarded Padma Shree, India’s fourth highest civilian award yesterday. Through Dr. Ruit’s effort, 90 % reduction in the cost of cataract eye surgery in Nepal and abroad was possible.
More than 15,700 people were nominated for the prestigious award and Dr. Ruit was selected in the field of medicine. The government of India also provides its highest civilian awards to renowned and deserving foreign nationals who have contributed to India in different ways.
“Dr. Ruit, whose innovation in the 1980s led to a 90 percent reduction in the cost of cataract eye surgery, provides low cost cataract surgery lenses to over thirty countries,” statement of the government of India reads, “Treating 2,500 patients every week, fees are waived off for those who cannot afford and in over 30 years has restored eyesight of 10,00 people across Asia and Africa.”