Dr. Purushottam Joshi
General Secretary (2022-2024)
It has been fascinating to know the evolution in ophthalmology has brought to the mankind. History dates back to the ancient days of Sushruta and even before Hippocrtaes, and it is captivating to know about the cataract surgery, and how it hardly differs from the modern technology. The word ophthalmology comes from the Greek roots ὀφθαλμός, ophthalmos, i.e., “eye” and -λoγία, -logia, i.e., “study of, discourse”, ophthalmology literally means “the science of eyes”. Perhaps, it is one of most developed subject in medical field at current situation, providing cure even for the blind people from the birth.
However, we are still in the preliminary stage regarding the history of ophthalmology in Nepal, although “Reaching the unreached” by Dr Ram Prasad Pokhrel provides enormous information to some extent. Hence, it would be an immense help from our fraternity, who could provide and share their experiences regarding the subject matter. This would be a great contribution to the future generation in the years to come. There is no doubt, though, we lack proper evidences of our ancient eye history, the services that we are providing is in parity with the developed countries and this is definitely a matter of pride for all of us.