Eager to do something substantial for the promotion of the eye health, a group of 9 dynamic and enthusiastic individuals, comprising social workers, physicians, industrialists and traders, got together in Kathmandu and turned their serious attention to a national cause and the question at issue. The outcome of their deliberations was the creation of the Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS). It was established in 1978 as a National Society for Comprehensive Eye Care under the Health Co-ordination Committee of the Social Services National Co-ordination Council. Later it was strengthened in 1980 as a full fledged non governmental social welfare organization dedicated to facilitate an easy approach to provide all the possible facilities with regard to the treatment of eye patients in Nepal.

The NNJS extends is co-operations towards the application and fulfillment of National Program and Policies of Government of Nepal aimed at the well being of the eye patients. The NNJS is a non-profit making, non-governmental, welfare oriented social organization to represent Government of Nepal and the Social Welfare Council of Nepal in the sphere of eye care activities.