A Myanmar hospital has proposed a new system to train local doctors in restoring sight to the visually impaired.

The Ministry of Health and the Yangon Eye hospital are looking to build a centre at the hospital with the help of international partners including Australian-based Fred Hollows Foundation.

The founder and medical director of Nepal's Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology Dr Sanduk Ruit is on his first medical mission to Myanmar.

Dr Ruit has told Radio Australia's program the Ministry of Health and the Yangon Eye hospital have developed an efficient surgical delivery system.

"It's the whole system of seeing the patients, screening the patients effectively and mentoring the power of each patient and making sure that all the pre-operative proper standard operating procedures are followed," he said.

"The surgery is virtually done with a manual small incision cataract surgery, which is without getting stitches.

"It's cost-effective particularly in developing countries where the cataracts are very hard and very mature."

Dr Ruit says Tilganga's staff has screened around 4,000 patients over the past week, of which about 1,600 cases will require surgery.

He says the eye camps are highly developed at a low cost for the local communities.

"These are actually not the old types of eye camps," he said.

"These are very highly sophisticated modern surgical setups... like you have in the offices of Australia, but at a very low cost."

Dr Ruit says a key aim is to educate the local communities about strengthening their eye health through blindness prevention programs and delivering community eye health services.

"One of our most important things is to empower the local people, the local government, local health personnel, local health officials so that we can help them to nurture... their eye health."

He says Myanmar's approach needs to be 'bi-pronged.'

"One (goal) is to develop the ministry-identified Yangon Eye hospital into a centre of excellence," Dr Ruit said.

"The second purpose is... to assist them in delivering community outreach activities outside Yangon, in places where there's a need to [build up] very high quality and committed human resources... for them to continue the work in a more sustainable way in the future."

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