On March 1st, 1993, the late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah opened Himalaya Eye Hospital (HEH). Following a few eye care outreaches in the country's Karnali, Gandaki, and Dhaulagiri zones, the idea to construct an eye hospital in Pokhara, Nepal, was born. A group of Dutch volunteer doctors would travel to isolated areas within these three zones to provide free eye care services. These outreaches (called "eye camps") were funded by several humanitarian initiatives under the Oogkamp Himalaya banner.
The academic programs offered are
- Bachelor of Optometry
- Masters of Optometry
The general approaches HEI uses for optometry education include the ones listed below.
- Apply modern technologies and up-to-date information in clinical and academic optometry.
- Provide learners with the ideal setting for learning.
- Involve pupils in creative academic activities that promote learning, such as critical analysis, research, and study.
- Conduct scholarly studies and research on international trends and Nepal's current and likely future eye care scenario.
- Examine the possibilities for inventiveness and active learning.
- Offer community-based, knowledge- and practice-based optometry education.
Academic infrastructure and human resources
One of the top learning platforms for students countrywide is offered by HEH and HEI. All clinical departments have the most cutting-edge equipment and diagnostic techniques for diagnosing eye and visual diseases. The students are exposed to these many divisions and levels of treatment within the eye hospital during their undergraduate and graduate courses. Students can learn and use their newly acquired clinical skills in the general outpatient block, where clinicians are involved in assessing, diagnosing, and treating pathological and visual diseases.
Ophthalmologists and optometrists are on hand to evaluate, identify, and treat pediatric eye and vision issues in a dedicated pediatric outpatient setting. The minor procedure units can teach students how to execute various ocular tests and minor surgical operations. Other effective specialized clinics for teaching and mastering optometry techniques include contact lens clinics and clinics for binocular vision.
These numerous departments give students excellent clinical practice skills. Students can conduct various research projects thanks to these agreements in multiple departments. The hospital's optical dispensing unit is another of its most durable and active departments. Students are here to study the industry's business, techniques, and procedures for fitting glasses and optical dispensing.
In its freshly built facility, HEH is growing a few specialized services. The new structure will be used for technical vision care services in light of the necessity to update the services. Some specialist treatments for the new center include vision evaluation, refractive surgery, and visual rehabilitation. The structure will be devoted to providing top-notch eyesight treatment. This structure will house Himalaya Eye Hospital's optometry department. Optometry students can use optometric methodologies for treating and controlling ocular illnesses and diseases, thanks to the promotion of optometry practice inside the institute.
To provide quality eye and vision treatment, HEI has a skilled and knowledgeable staff of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and ophthalmic medical personnel. Five seasoned ophthalmologists with fellowships in various subspecialties work at HEI, while six optometrists teach in the academic programs. In addition, HEI employs part-time instructors from reputable universities and institutions to teach the curriculum's non-medical courses, including fundamental science. HEI also arranges guest lectures and online seminars worldwide from several notable optometry universities.
Number of programs
7.5 - 10 lakhs
The main intake is September- November.
Applicants can apply for admission to the college in two ways: online or by visiting the college.
Documents/Qualifications required for Admission
- SLC Mark sheet
- School Leaving Certificate
- SLC Character Certificate
- Transcript of 12th-grade.
- Individual Mark sheet of 12th-grade.
- Character Certificate of 12th-grade.
- Provisional Certificate of 12th-grade.
- Migration Certificate of 12th grade.
For Masters, include the following:
- Transcript of Bachelor's Degree
- Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree
- Character Certificate of Bachelor Degree
- Provisional Certificate of Bachelor Degree
- Migration Certificate of Bachelor Degree
- B. Optometry: Higher Secondary Level (10+2 Science stream), Biology group or equivalent, or a diploma or certificate in health sciences (ophthalmology) recognized by Pokhara University with at least 50% marks (or a C+ in the letter grading system or a 2.4 in the point grading system) are the entry requirements for admissions to the B.Optom program. The Nepal Medical Education Commission will hold a common entrance exam for all candidates in addition to meeting the minimum academic requirements. To participate in the B. Optom program, candidates must complete the merit list portion of this standard admission test.
- M. Optometry: Candidates for the course must hold a Bachelor of Optometry or an equivalent degree from an accredited university.
Where is Himalaya Eye Hospital located?
The college is situated in Gharipatan, Pokhara, Nepal.
Does the college provide scholarships to students?
The college does give out scholarships based on previous academic success. The merit-based scholarship is offered to the entrance topper for the first semester.
What is the primary intake?
The main intake is September- November.