EREC-P: +977-21- 436362  |  SCEH: +977-33- 560080  |  BEH: +977-21- 436360
38 years of excellence in eye care
10,327,806 Outpatients; 1,859,983 surgeries

Opening Hours

  • 24 hour emergency service

  • Monday - Saturday : 7.30am - 5.30pm {SCEH}

  • Sunday - Friday : 7.30am - 7.00pm {BEH}
  • Saturday : 7.30am - 1.00pm {BEH}

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“High quality, High volume,
Affordable eye care services”

The Eastern Regional Eye Care Programme (EREC-P) in South-East Nepal is a further development of Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital (SCEH), Lahan. In order to balance the work load of SCEH and to increase the scope for long-term human resource sustainability, Biratnagar Eye Hospital (BEH) was started in Biratnagar, Nepal’s second largest city 130 km east of Lahan, in September 2006. EREC-P continues the 33-years co-operation between Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS), the Social Welfare Council of Nepal and CBM. With the combination of the two eye hospitals SCEH and BEH along with its’ satellite clinics EREC-P is a high volume treatment programme, which provides high quality comprehensive eye services at a cost affordable to the population in eastern Nepal and northern India.

Our Programme

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.

The 397 member Staff at the SCEH and all its Satellite Clinics include 15 Ophthalmologist, 1 Anesthesiologist, 9 administrative staff, 29 ophthalmic assistants (OA), 12 optometrist, 1 health assistants, 7 staff nurse, 1 eye health educator, 1 anesthesia assistant, 4 pharmacy assistant, 1 lab assistant, 50 eye health workers and different type of trainees.

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

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

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)

  • 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)
  • 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


SICS with PC IOL: NPR 1,200 (General Ward); 4,400 (Private Ward); 6,400 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with PC IOL: NPR 8,000 (Private Ward) , NPR 10,000 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with Foldable IOL: NPR 10,000 (Private Ward), NPR 12,000 (Private Cabin) 
PHACO with Foldable Hydrophobic IOL: NPR 16,000 (Private Ward), NPR 18,000 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with Foldable Acrysof IOL: NPR 24,000 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with Foldable Acrysof IOL IQ: NPR 32,000 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with Foldable Hydrophilic multifocal Indian IOL: NPR 35,000 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with Foldable Hydrophobic multifocal Indian IOL: NPR 64,000 (Private Cabin)
PHACO with Foldable Hydrophilic Multifocal Foreign IOL: NPR 110,000 (Private Cabin)

Cataract Surgery in Children (up to 15 yrs) Charge: NPR 8,000

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

Corneal Surgery

  • Keratoplasty
  • AMG

Retinal Surgery

  • PPV
  • SOR

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


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
  • OCT evaluation for detection of retinal disease


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.
  • Squint Evaluation and Treatment


Cornea Transplantation / PK

Corneal Ulcer

  • 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


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 Humphrey Visual Field
  • OCT evaluation for detection of glaucoma
  • Nd YAG Laser iridotomy for glaucoma treatment

Low Vision

Patient's having best corrected visual VA < 6/18 are further evaluated at Low Vision Department. Those who are suffering from LV are advised on the use of visual aids, like special spectacles and magnifiers.

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.

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