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Simple surgery fixes eyesight for thousands in Nepal

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A patient with cataracts arrives at the hospital for her routine eye check-up after her cataract surgery at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu. About 150,000 of Nepal's 26.6 million people are estimated to be blind in both eyes, most of them with cataracts.

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Patients with cataracts wait to change their eye dressings after undergoing surgeries to remove their cataracts at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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Patients wait to receive anesthesia before undergoing surgery to remove their cataracts at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A patient with cataracts waits outside a surgery room before his surgery at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A patient with cataracts lies on a hospital bed upon receiving anesthesia during surgery at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A doctor checks the eye of a patient with cataracts after she receives anesthesia at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A nurse passes equipment laid out on a table to a surgeon during a cataract surgery at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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Surgeon Sanduk Ruit looks into the eyes of a patient through a microscope while conducting an operation to remove cataracts at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu. A simple eye operation pioneered by Ruit, a Nepali national, at the Tilganga Eye Centre has benefited tens of thousands of people in Nepal and other countries in Asia and Africa, where surgical teams from the centre provide much needed care in field camps.

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The eye of a patient is pictured on a television screen while surgeon Sanduk Ruit operates during a cataract surgery at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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Surgeon Sanduk Ruit operates on the eye of a patient to remove her cataracts at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A patient is helped by a nurse after undergoing a surgery to remove his cataract at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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An elderly woman receives her routine eye check-up after undergoing a surgery to remove her cataracts at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A patient with cataract smiles as a nurse cleans his eye dressings after his cataract surgery at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A patient gets his eyes checked at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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A patient with cataract walks past a notice board as she arrives for her routine eye check-up after her cataract surgery a day before at the Tilganga Eye Center in Kathmandu.

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