Lions Eye Care Centre (LECC)
Lions Eye Care Centre (LECC) is a non-government
organisation run by the Lions Club of Kathmandu. LECC have been
providing eye care services to the people of Nepal since 1984.
LECC base hospital is situated in Kathmandu and operates
a daily out-patient service providing eye tests and treatment of minor eye
conditions. The clinic also runs weekly eye operations for people with
sight-blinding conditions such as cataract and glaucoma. LECC also
have three smaller satellite clinics in the eastern hill region of
Nepal, and one near Pokhara. Each year rural screening and surgical
eye camps are organised in different remote areas of Nepal, thus
providing an eye care service that would otherwise be unavailable. These
camps are sometimes run in conjunction with a general medical clinic.
The following projects with verification from the Lions
Club in Kathmandu were identified:
- Repair and renovation of the base hospital in Kathmandu.
- Grading of lenses. LECC have thousands of donated spectacles
stored in Kathmandu, not utilised because the lenses are ungraded.
The Himalayan Hands volunteers will grade (neutralise) the lenses
enabling the complete spectacles to be distributed to patients
in Kathmandu and at rural eye camps.
- Cataracts are prolific in Nepal especially in the hill areas
and an important contributor to this condition is Ultra Violet
(UV) radiation from the sun. Himalayan Hands treated the donated
spectacles with a chemical that provided protection from harmful
UV light (a UK sponsor for the UV protective coating was identified).
- Helping at rural eye camps: advertising the camp in the
surrounding area as part of a trek; setting up and co-ordinating
the clinic; distributing the graded spectacles; and post-operative
- A small scale construction project at the rural camp for
example, building a chautara (a traditional Nepali meeting area
comprising of a seating area around a central tree).
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