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Dr. Sanduk Ruit: Nepal’s Best Ophthalmologist

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Dr. Sanduk Ruit

The ‘God of Sight’, Dr. Sanduk Ruit is a Nepalese ophthalmologist who is known for his work in developing low-cost, high-quality cataract surgery techniques.

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Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Personal and Family

Dr.  Ruit was born on September 4, 1954, in Taplejung, Nepal. His father, Sonam Ruit, and mother, Kesaang Ruit, gave birth in Wolang Chung Gola, Taplejung, Nepal.

Dr. Ruit lived his early life near the River Tamor, which lies in Kanchenjunga Himal. Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s wife is Nanda Ruit. He has two daughters and a son.

Dr. Ruit received the first division in SLC from Siddhartha Banasthali High School, Kathmandu. He received his medical degree from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, with a scholarship from 1972 to 1976.

He completed an MD in ophthalmology from the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in 1984.


Name Dr. Sanduk Ruit
Father Sonam Ruit
Mother Kesaang Ruit
Age & DOB September 4, 1954
Place of Birth Taplejung, Nepal
Horoscope Aquarius
Profession Surgeon, Opthalmologist
Relationship Ms. Nanda Ruit(Wife)

Dr. Sanduk Ruit’s journey

In 1992, he co-founded the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, which has since become a leading center for eye care in Nepal and the wider region. Dr. Sanduk Ruit helped provide affordable eye care to millions of people in developing countries.

In addition to his work at Tilganga, Dr. Ruit has also played a key role in the development of the Himalayan Cataract Project, which he founded in 1995.

The organization works to prevent and treat blindness caused by cataracts in Nepal and other countries and has helped provide eye care to millions of people.

Dr. Sanduk ruit award

Dr. Ruit has received numerous awards for his work, including the Fred Hollows Foundation Humanitarian Award and the Pioneer of Global Health award from the Skoll Foundation. He is also a member of the Nepal Medical Council and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Ruit’s efforts to improve access to eye care in developing countries has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In 2006, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, often referred to as the “Asian Nobel Prize,” for his work in the field of community health.

He has received the Gorkha Dakshin Bahu Award, Nepal’s highest civilian award, and the President’s Medal from the Nepal Ophthalmological Society.

Due to his innovative work in the 1980s, the Indian Government awarded him the “Padma Shri Award” in 2018, one of the most prestigious awards in India.

Dr. Ruit has done more than 100,000 cataract surgeries. Many people referred to him as the “God of Sight.”


  • Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding, Year 2006
  • Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health in Thailand, Year 2007
  • National Order of Merit Gold, Year 2015
  • Prime Minister’s National Talent Award, Government of Nepal, year 2075 B.S.
  • Padma Shri Award, Government of India, Year 2018
  • ISA Award for Service to Humanity, a top Civilian Award of Bahrain.

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