Dr. Sanduk Ruit at work in Nepal (Image courtesy of Michael Amendolia)
In a remote corner of Nepal, where poverty, disease and natural disasters have taken their toll, Dr. Sanduk Ruit is bringing the gift of sight to those who need it most.
That's because Dr. Ruit, an ophthalmologist who grew up in northeastern Nepal and studied medicine in India, is the pioneer of an incredible new form of cataract surgery that's become known as the "Nepal Method", and which is now taught at medical schools around the world.
The process, which takes roughly five minutes to perform and costs about $25 US per patient, involves using a local anesthetic followed by small-incision microsurgery to remove cataracts without any sutures. Patients are able to see almost immediately afterwards, with little to no side effects.
Since using this simple yet incredibly effective procedure, Dr. Ruit estimates that he has restored eyesight to more than 120,000 people in Nepal who would otherwise be completely visually impaired due to their cataracts.
The patients Dr. Ruit has treated are just some of the more than 19 million people around the world who are blind due to cataracts, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of these individuals are often unable to work or provide for their families without proper treatment.
In addition to developing this revolutionary process, Dr. Ruit has also founded the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, which includes hospitals, outreach clinics and training programs, as well as manufacturing over 450,000 lenses a year for use in cataract surgery.
In the meantime, Dr. Ruit plans to bring his procedure to other parts of the world, offering a simple surgery that brings both sight and hope where it's needed most.
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