Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital (SCEH), Lahan

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Achievments in 33 years

High quality services to eye patients:

42,83,596 examinations and 9,42,175 surgeries:

SCEH Lahan Buildings

Since its start as a small eye unit with only 12 beds in 1983, SCEH has constantly grown and today is a high volume eye hospital   with seven satellite clinics, providing high quality eye services at an affordable cost to the economically poor and under-privileged  population in eastern Nepal and northern India.



Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital Entrance

Opening Hours

There is 24 hour emergency service provided at SCEH.

Registration: daily except Sunday and holidays.

  • Morning Shift    : 7:15 am to 11:00 am
  • Afternoon Shift : 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Advance Registration for next day: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Examination: daily except on Sundays and holidays

  • Outpatient Services and Surgery : 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Special Afternoon Clinic               : 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

OPD Registration New Fee: NPR 48

OPD Registration Old Fee: NPR 40

Paying Clinic OPD Registration Fee: NPR 320

(Afternoon or Fast Track Service)

  • All patients need to be registered
  • OPD registration is valid up to seven days
  • Advance registration facility is available.

General Screening

  • Visual Acuity
  • Pulsair Tonometer
  • Pulsair Tonometer Test
  • Direct- and indirect ophthalmoscopy

  • Slitlamp (gonioscopy, funduscopy, applanation tonometry, optic disc morphometry)
  • Depending on the findings during examination patients may be sent for minor procedures, admitted or referred for subspecialty consultations to the respective clinics.

Refraction Services

for vision examination and prescription of spectacles

  • Computerized Refractometer
  • Lensometer

Laboratory Facilities

Other OPD Procedures Seperate Fee

  • Artificial eyes (Prosthesis)

Dispensing of Medicines & Spectacles

Spectacles Unit

  • Available within the premises


  • on the use of medicines
  • on available services

OPD Fee List

Fast Track

  • Started in 2013
  • Fast and convinient services
  • Covers: vision & refraction, eye examination, minor procedures, ophthalmic consultation, counseling, pharmacy, spectacle and admission for surgeries



Special focus on Diabetes: High blood sugar damages blood vessels of the body. Retina vessels are particularly sensitive. Diabetic retinopathy can lead to severe visual impairment and retinal detachment. Therefore early treatment is the only way to preserve the sight.

Retinal Diagnostic and Treatment available:

  • Diagnostic A-SCAN & B- SCAN

If media opacities hinder a proper fundus examination this assessment is done in order to evaluate the posterior segment of the eye

  • Fundus photography

  • Digital Fluorescein angiography (FFA)
    Photography of the retina with a dye to study details of retinal blood vessels
  • Retinal laser
    for treatment of diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, retinal break and retinal detachment
  • Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation
  • Laser procedure for Glaucoma treatment


Children Friendly Pediatric Ward:

  • Visual acuity testing for children (CAT, LH-Test)

  • Orthoptic services
  • Evaluation and provision of glasses in refractive error.

  • Evaluation and treatment of amblyopia.

  • Evaluation and provision of low vision devices
  • Free distribution of vitamin A capsules to children with xerophthalmia.
  • Post-operative follow-up on children after cataract surgery.
  • After Cataract Surgery


  • Detailed corneal ulcer work up and management.
  • Corneal ulcer scraping facility with Gram’s stain and KOH mount.
  • Free admission of corneal ulcer patients in corneal ulcer ward.
  • Tissue adhesive and Bandage contact lens application.
  • Patients with severe cornea scarring are counseled on the possibility of cornea transplant at Biratnagar Eye Hospital.


Glaucoma is a chronic disease leading to blindness if not treated in time and on a regular basis. Equipment to detect glaucoma:

  • Tonometry
  • Visual field testing with frequency doubling technology (FDT) or Goldmann Perimeter or Humphrey Visual Field
  • Nd YAG Laser iridotomy for glaucoma treatment

Low Vision

Patients with low vision are advised on the use of visual aids, like special spectacles and magnifiers.

Low vision patient using low vision device for reading book.

Counseling to incurable blind persons

If patients are found to be incurable blind, they receive counselling on orientation and mobility and on possibilities to earn income, e.g. through handicraft. Parents of blind children are counselled on integrated schooling for blind children.


Being a community based hospital our aim is to provide good quality and high volume service at an affordable cost. Patients requiring surgery can choose between different in-patient facilities with charges varying accordingly.

Eye operations are performed in the following facilities:

  • 5 Operation theatres with 28 surgical tables
  • 12 Microscopes, 4 with video facilities
  • 9 Phacoemulsification units
  • Vitrectomy unit with wide-angle viewing system (BIOM)
  • ECG and pulse oxymetry for pediatric patients
  • Oxygen concentrator
  • Cryo unit
  • 2 Suction machines
  • 2 Ultrasound cleaner
  • 1 Air compressor
  • 5 Electric autoclaves
  • 1 ETO Sterilization
  • 2 Live surgery video demonstration system with two way audio conference

Cataract Surgery (Adult) Click here for charges

  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) Fishhook Technique - Click here for Video
    The cataract is removed manually through a small, self-sealing incision using a specially designed hook and an intraocular lens implanted. The small incision heals fast, allowing quick visual recovery.
  • Phacoemulsification - Click here for Video1 and Click here for Video2
    The cataract is fragmented and emulsified using ultrasonic vibrations and aspirated. This requires only a very small incision, through which a foldable intraocular lens is inserted. This is the most advanced technique of cataract removal and allows faster and safer healing and visual recovery.
  • Biometry (Intraocular lens power measurement)

An eye health worker majoring inraocular lens power of a patient.

  • Surgery: On the same or the day after admission
  • Hospital stay: Overnight after surgery
  • Local patients or those who want to go home are allowed to go immediately after surgery (they need to come next morning)
  • Discharge: On the first post-operative day
  • Post-operative medicines are given
  • In bilateral cataracts, the other eye may be operated during the same hospital stay.
  • Patients are advised to return for follow-up: 6 weeks after surgery


General ward: NPR 1,200
Private ward: NPR 4,000
Super Private cabin: NPR 6,000
Phacoemulsification with posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL): 8,000 NRs
Phacoemulsification with foldable IOL: 10,000 NRs

Cataract Surgery in children (up to 15 yrs) Charge: NPR 6,000

Children with cataract should be operated as early as possible to enable normal visual development.
The standard surgical procedure is extra capsular cataract extraction with primary posterior capsulorhexis, anterior vitrectomy and posterior chamber lens Implantation

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  • Biometry
  • Surgery: One day after admission
  • Bilateral cataract: Both eyes may be done during the same hospital stay
  • Discharge: 3-4 days after surgery
  • Required spectacles are provided
  • Post-operative medicines are given
  • Parents are advised to return with their children for Follow-up : 1, 3, 6, 12 months after surgery

Glaucoma Surgery

Surgery should be done as early as possible to prevent further deterioration of vision.

  • Surgery: On the same or one day after admission
  • Discharge: On the 2nd post operative day
  • Post-operative medicines are given
  • Patients are advised to return for follow-up : 3 weeks after surgery


Private ward: NPR 4,000
Super Private cabin: NPR 6,000
Combined: NPR 5,200/6,200
Combined Phaco with PMMA: NPR 12,000/14,000
Combined Phaco with Foldable IOL: 14,000/16,000

Lacrimal Surgery

  • Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)
    A passage is created between the lacrimal sac and the nose.
  • Dacryocystectomy (DCT)
    Removal of the lacrimal sac in toto.
  • Surgery: One day after admission
  • Discharge: On 2nd post-operative day
  • Patients are advised to return for follow-up: 1 week after surgery

Community Outreach

Services to reach Nepali patients in the community. These activities are advertised through public local media. They are performed by special teams in co-operation with local organizations.

School Screening camps

Outreach teams visit schools in Sagarmatha Zone on a regular basis and refer children found with refractive errors or problems equiring treatment to SCEH.

Paediatric Screening Camps

Outreach teams visit villages in Sagarmatha Zone regularly to examine pre-school children and children not enrolled in schools. Children found with refractive errors or problems requiring treatment are referred to SCEH.

Cataract Screening Camps

Outreach teams visit villages in Sagarmatha Zone on a regular basis to perform cataract screening. People found with cataract or other operable diseases are taken to SCEH for surgery free of cost.

Patients requiring special examination and treatment are referred to SCEH.

Surgical Camps

Cataract surgical camps are performed in the hill areas in co-operation with local organizations and local hospitals to reach those patients who are not able to come to the eye hospital.

Mobile Bus Clinic

Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital, Lahan has started a mobile eye clinic in a bus provided by Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh. The Mobile eye clinic is equipped with slit lamp, edging machine for optical dispensing and has pharmacy service. The mobile eye clinic services are being provided in three places of Siraha (Sukhipur), Saptari (Topa) & Udaypur(Beltar) districts.

Diabetic Retinopthy Screening Camp

SCEH apart from daily OPD activity regularly organizes diabetic retinopathy screening camps in mass as people with diabetic retinopathy have 25 times more chances of becoming blind. In these screening camps highly trained staff with latest equipments screen general public and gives advice and treatment to needed one and thus helps people to save their sight.

Community Based Training

  • FCHV Training
  • Mother Group Training
  • Drug Retailor Training
  • Traditional Healer Training
  • School Teacher Training


The 252 member Staff at the SCEH and all its Satellite Clinics include 11 Ophthalmologist, 12 administrative staff, 22 ophthalmic assistants (OA), 3 optometrist, 2 health assistants, 2 staff nurse, 1 eye health educator, 1 anesthesia assistant, 3 pharmacy assistant, 1 lab assistant, 49 eye health workers and different type of trainees.

All staff members, aside from the doctors, are locals and have been trained at SCEH, Lahan.

How to reach us

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Lahan is located in South-East Nepal, at the East-West Highway close to the Indian border, neighboring the Indian state Bihar.

Travel to Lahan:

  • From Kathmandu by bus (10 hours) or by domestic flight to either Janakpur (85 km west of Lahan) or Biratnagar (125 km east of Lahan) and continuation by local bus.
  • From India by train and road via Jayanagar or Laukaha as entry points to Nepal.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 August 2016 06:19