Dr. Pravin Dugel, managing partner, Retinal Consultants of Arizona, spent the holiday season providing free cataract surgery in Nepal as part of the Himalayan Cataract Project – an international non-profit addressing the tragedy of treatable blindness caused by cataract.
Dr. Dugel, along with his youngest daughter Brenna, chose to spend the holiday and New Year giving back to the people of Nepal through the cureblindness.org program.
Brenna accompanied her father to help with rural outreach and in collecting photos to share her experience. They joined Dr. Sanduk Ruit – famed ophthalmologist and co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project – in Katmandu and traveled from there through the majestic, mountainous regions of the country providing sight-saving surgery to those suffering from cararact blindness.
Cataract blindness accounts for nearly 75 percent of avoidable blindness globally and, in many cases, can be treated through a quick, inexpensive manual small incision cataract surgery.
This visit to Nepal is part of Dr. Dugel’s longtime interest in human development and international ophthalmology. Dr. Dugel sits on the Board of Directors for A New Vision and is the Board Chair for ORBIS International’s Medical Advisory Committee.
Acting locally, Dr. Dugel is also a member of the IHS and has been treating the Native American community for more than 20 years with diseases such as Diabetic Retinopathy and other retina/vitreous diseases.