When Usha Magar was born without pupil in her eyes, her parents, locals of Arkholi in Khotang district, took it as god´s will. They did not take her to a doctor. Luckily, the black part began showing up in her eyes later and her parents believed their daughter would have normal vision.
At the age of five, while doing her homework one day, Usha told her father, Chet Bahadur Magar, that she was having problem reading letters. To test her eyesight, her father threw few chocolates before her, he asked her to pick them up. But she failed to do so.
“That´s when we realized that our daughter could not see properly,” said Chet Bahadur.
The Magar couple had heard about better treatment services at Sagarmatha Chaudhary Eye Hospital in Lahan, Siraha district. But they thought the service was too expensive, and did not go to the hospital.
However, when the hospital organized a free eye screening camp at Halesi of Khotang district last Friday, they took her to the camp. The doctors suggested her parents to take her to the hospital where the services were provided free of cost.
“I got my daughter´s eye sight problem checked at the hospital free of cost. The hospital even provided us food and accommodation,” said Chet Bahadur, who admitted Usha to the hospital last Monday.
According to the hospital administration, the six-year-old girl had to undergo an operation for the cataract, or motibindu, last Tuesday. “The girl had eye cataract in both her eyes,” said Lilaraj Puri, medical superintendent of the hospital. Like Usha, over 60,000 patients suffering from eyesight problems have got themselves treated at the eye hospital in Siraha district in 2014 alone. The hospital, which provides surgical services to a large number of people, is said to be the second largest eye hospital in the world. The 32-year-old eye hospital, assisted by CBM International, Germany, has 450 beds.
Till date, it has provided treatment services to more than four million eye patients, according to the manager of the hospital Sudhir Thakur. In 2014, a total of 321,175 eye patients received general treatment and 60,035 underwent surgical operations at the hospital, said manager Thakur.