Vision Centers in India

Eye Care in India: Vision Centers, Specialty Clinics, Hospitals

Government support and local innovation has produced rapid improvements in eye care in India. A survey in 1976 found that 1.3% of the population were blind, and this was mostly due to cataract. This motivated government action. The National Program for Control of Blindness was launched, though funding did not match that of higher priority problems such as malaria, tuberculosis, and maternal and child health. By 1986 prevalence had risen to 1.49% and the government decided to allow free imports of ophthalmic equipment and then applied to the World Bank for a loan to support the development of cataract surgery. Evidence of the economic impact of blindness helped to secure funding of $117 million for the seven-year project which was launched in 1995.

Continued government funding for the program was accompanied by regulations to require surgery to be done in hospitals and not in makeshift camps. The number of ophthalmologists trained has increased each year and the scope of the program has expanded beyond cataracts to other areas of eye care. The cross-subsidization model for eye care adopted by Aravind Eye Hospitals is common. Fees from the wealthier patients help cover the costs for the poor. Deployment of allied ophthalmic personnel increases volume and decreases costs, though there is no accreditation process for them.

Around half the eye care in India in 2018 is provided by non-government organizations. The equipment has reduced in price and more clinicians have been trained.

In this page, we list some of the major vision centers of India.


The concepts of Nethralaya are unique. Describing it as a Privatized public sector would be apt. But perhaps the best description of Sankara Nethralaya would be the Physical perception of a Divine will

Sankara Nethralaya

Sankara Nethralaya

Sankara Nethralaya (Sankara is a reference to Adi Shankaracharya and Nethralaya means The Temple of the Eye or an eye hospital) is a not-for-profit missionary institution for ophthalmic care, headquartered in Chennai, India. Sankara Nethralaya receives patients from India and abroad. Sankara Nethralaya has over 1000 employees and serves around 1500 patients per day, performing over 100 surgeries per day.

Sankara Nethralaya has been rated as the best ophthalmic institutions in the world in 2020 and 2021. Nani A. Palkivala, former Indian ambassador to United States, described Sankara Nethralaya as the Best managed charitable organization in India.

In 1976 when addressing a group of doctors, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, the Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam spoke of the need to create a hospital. On the command of Dr. Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath, with a group of philanthropists founded a charitable not-for-profit eye hospital. On Vinayaka (Ganesh) Chaturthi, 6 September 1978, considered an auspicious day, the hospital came into existence.

Branches of Sankara Netralaya

Today Sankara Nethralaya has its services running in Chennai, Kolkata, Rameshwaram, and Tirupati.

Tamil Nadu Branches

  • Sankara Nethralaya (Main Campus)

No. 41 (old 18), College Road, Chennai 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India. +91-44-4227 1500, +91-44-2827 1616.,,

  • Sankara Nethralaya, Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center

Dr. V.G. Appukutty Campus, No.8, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai 600 016. + 91 44 4908 6054, +91 44 4908 6058, +91 44 4227 1500, +91 44 2827 1616.

  • Jagadguru Kanchi Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Nethra Nilayam (JKCN Complex)

No. 21, Pycrofts Garden Road (off. Haddows Road), Chennai 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India. +91-44-4227 1500, +91-44-2827 1616.

  • C.U.Shah Sankara Nethralaya

No. 8, GST Road, St.Thomas Mount, Guindy, Chennai 600 016, Tamil Nadu, India. +91-44-4908 6051, +91-44-4908 6052.

  • Sankara Nethralaya Referral Laboratory

No. 21, Pycrofts Garden Road (off. Haddows Road), 5th Floor, Chennai 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India. +91-44-4203 2425.

  • Smt. T.K. Lakshmi Ammal and Smt. T.K. Alamelu Ammal Sankara Nethralaya

New No. 39, old no. 19, 1st Main Road, East Shenoy Nagar, Chennai 600 030. +91-44-2664 1913, +91-44-2827 1616, +91-44-4227 1500

  • Suraj Sankara Nethralaya

No. 34, Dharmaraja Koil Street, Chetpet Post & Taluk, Tiruvannamalai Dt 606 801, Tamil Nadu, India. +91-44-4227 1550.

Kolkata Branches

  • Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya

No. 147/1, Barakhola, Mukundapur, E M Bypass, Kolkata 700 099. Near Purva Jadavpur Thana Police station. +91 33 4401 3000, +91 33 3095 6000.

  • Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya

Premises No - 25-3333, Plot No-DJ16, Action Area- 2, Kolkata 700156. +91 33 4401 3000, +91 33 3095 6000, +91 33 6657 6000, +91 33 6657 6000, +91-90739 58501.

  • Sankara Nethralaya

No. 10 Raja Subodh, Mullick Square, Kolkata 700 013. +91-99030 59720, +91 33 6499 1196.

Andhra Pradesh Branches

  • Sri City Sankara Nethralaya

Sri City Medical Care Center, 305, North, 2nd street, Sector3, Sri City, Varadaiahpalem Mandal, Chittoor Dist 517 541. +91 8576-308-600.


Sankara Eye Hospital

Sankara Eye Hospital

Sankara Eye Hospital is a not for profit charitable trust which aims at providing affordable eye care and eliminating curable eye blindness in India. Having its headquarters in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Sankara is among the largest community eye care providers in India with ten super specialty eye care hospitals across the country performing over 150,000 free eye surgeries annually.

The hospital follows an 80:20 business model, in which 80 percent of the patients from rural parts of the country are treated for free, and the remaining 20 percent are the rich and the middle income sections of the society, who pay for their treatment, thereby cross-subsidizing the free surgeries and making the Hospital self-sustaining.

In 2013, Sankara conducted its one millionth free eye surgery.

The organization was founded in 1977 by Dr. R V Ramani, one of the earliest Doctors of Coimbatore, and his wife Dr. Radha Ramani. The origins of Sankara Eye Foundation can be traced back to the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust. By 1982, the activities of the Trust had grown considerably well, and in 1985, the Trust identified community eye care as the major specialized activity.


Branches of Sankara Eye Hospital

The Sankara Eye Hospital since its inception has now established 11 hospitals across the nation replicating the 80:20 model.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, was established in 2004. Built in over 4.35 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu, was established in 2004. Built in over 6.1 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Anand, Gujarat, was established in 2008. Built in over 5.5 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, was established in 2008 and it has attained self-sufficiency because of the paying patients it is able to attract. Built in over 4 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility. It has been the recipient of many awards like Namma Bengaluru for providing the best community eye program.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga, Karnataka was established in 2008. Built in over 5.5 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (R.S. Puram) was established in 2011. The hospital functions as a facility performing day care surgery with a state of the art operation theatre complex, outpatient clinics and optical services.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab was established in 2012. Built in over 2 acres of gifted land, the hospital is having 125 beds in total where 100 dedicated for the free patients and 25 rooms for the paying patients.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, was established in 2014.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, was established in 2017. The Hospital is a centre of excellence having State-of-art technologies to perform Refractions to advanced eye care surgeries of Cataract, Retinal surgeries, Corneal Transplants, Paediatric Eye care and Squints, Glaucoma.

  • Sankara Eye Hospital, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the 11th eye hospital of Sankara Eye Foundation, India. This hospital is designed to deliver the best in class eye treatment related with Cornea, Retina, Glaucoma, and Diabetic retinopathy to the both rural and urban peoples of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Arthur (Art) Jenkyns, founder

Vision: The elimination of avoidable blindness

Mission: To prevent blindness and restore sight

Tagline: For All The World to See

Operation Eyesight Universal

The story of Operation Eyesight Universal began in 1963 when a businessman from Calgary, Canada named Arthur (Art) Jenkyns met Dr. Ben Gullison, a physician who worked at a mission hospital in Sompeta, India. Dr. Ben had come home to Canada seeking funding for his mission work amongst the poorest of the poor. After their meeting, Art was inspired to found Operation Eyesight Universal to raise funds for people needing eye care in India.

Operation Eyesight developed into a partnership between generous Canadians and Indian eye doctors. We later expanded our scope to include regions of Africa and South Asia that did not have publicly-funded health care. Our goal was to provide care by supplying local medical professionals with the training, equipment and facilities they needed.

By the late 1990s, research revealed that emphasis on the volume of cataract surgeries, rather than quality of surgical outcomes, had resulted in the failure of some 40 to 50 percent of cataract surgeries in India. Accordingly, cataract surgery came to be known as the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts themselves.

Today, Operation Eyesight has development programs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia and Zambia, investing in sustainable treatment, blindness prevention and community development activities to address specific problems as well as the root causes of avoidable blindness.

As a tribute to Art and his wife Una, the Jenkyns family have rekindled the Art and Una Jenkyns Legacy Fund.

India Program List of Operation Eyesight Universal

Durga Nursery Road, Ashok Nagar, Udaipur 313001. +91-294-2413050, +91-294-2528895.

Chowpaty Stand, SH12A, Shanti Nagar, Alipurduar, West Bengal 736121. +91 3564 255 938

State Bank Square, Avinash Complex, Sultania Rd, S B I Bank Square, Shahid Nagar Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001. +91 77459 90799

Sompeta, Srikakulam Dist. +91 89472 34374 / 34, +91 8947 234688.

Meghalaya Main Road, Nongkynrih, Laitumkhrah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003. +91 85750 60475.

K.K. Handique Path, Assam Old Circuit House Rd, opp. Bordoloi Gas Agency, Malow Ali, Jorhat, Assam 785001. +91 88110 40355, +91 9207411374, +91 376 2304500.

Ram Ganga Vihar Phase II (Extn.), Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh 244001. +91 591 247 7801, +91 591 247 7800

G.T. Road, Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India +91-512-2297605, 2297234, 2296037

95/2, Bidar Bazar, Bidar, Karnataka 585401

1st floor, APEX Hospital Building, Plot 138, Subhash Nagar, Alwar, Rajasthan 301 001. +91 144-2370559, +91 144-23700560.

P-66, MIDC Area, Near PVR Talkies, Kalmb Road, Latur MIDC, Latur 413 531. +91 2382 222 919.

E3A, Sector 26, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301. +91 120 247 7600 / 01, +91-98118 80015.

112/202, Swaroop Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208002. +91-93368 31175, +91 93363 93839, +91 99183 35544, +91 99193 35544.,

Plot No 241, Uma Plaza, 9, W Marredpally Rd, Secunderabad, Telangana 500026. +91 40 2780 4949.

Alankar Cir, Raganna Darwaja, Kakatiya Colony, Hanamkonda, Telangana 506011. +91 91332 50000, +91 870 2447788, 2448788.

Behind Vishal Cinema, 2nd Mile, Sevoke Rd, Ward 43, Bhanu Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal 734002. +91 97333 00090, +91 353 2543 457 / 301.

  • Siloam Eye Hospital, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh

S.No.185/2 And 186/1, Chippili Village Bangalore Road, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh 517325. +91 85712 24205

B-10 / B-144, P C Colony Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kankarbagh, Patna, Bihar 800020. +91 94710 02350, +91 612-23613 95 / 18, +18003456206.

96, Basistha Rd, Beltola Tiniali, Saurabh Nagar, Beltola Tiniali, Guwahati, Assam 781028. +91 98646 22022.

Telangana Region, Atmakur, Telangana 501509. +91 84142 61140, +91 94401 93183.

GMR Varalakshmi