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 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)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sankara Nethralaya Referral Laboratory
No. 21, Pycrofts Garden Road (off. Haddows Road), 5th Floor, Chennai 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India. +91-44-4203 2425. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 10 Raja Subodh, Mullick Square, Kolkata 700 013. +91-99030 59720, +91 33 6499 1196. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Alakh Nayan Mandir Eye Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Durga Nursery Road, Ashok Nagar, Udaipur 313001. +91-294-2413050, +91-294-2528895. email@example.com
Alipurduar Lions Eye Hospital, Alipurduar, West Bengal
Chowpaty Stand, SH12A, Shanti Nagar, Alipurduar, West Bengal 736121. +91 3564 255 938
Aman Advanced Eye Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
State Bank Square, Avinash Complex, Sultania Rd, S B I Bank Square, Shahid Nagar Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001. +91 77459 90799
Arogyavaram Eye Hospital and Contact Lens Clinic, Sompeta, Andhra Pradesh
Sompeta, Srikakulam Dist. +91 89472 34374 / 34, +91 8947 234688. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bansara Eye Care Centre, Shillong, Meghalaya
Meghalaya Main Road, Nongkynrih, Laitumkhrah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003. +91 85750 60475. email@example.com
Chandraprabha Eye Hospital, Jorhat, Assam
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
CL Gupta Eye Institute, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
Ram Ganga Vihar Phase II (Extn.), Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh 244001. +91 591 247 7801, +91 591 247 7800
Dr. JL Rohatgi Eye Hospital, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
G.T. Road, Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India +91-512-2297605, 2297234, 2296037
Dr. Salins Eye Hospital, Bidar, Karnataka
95/2, Bidar Bazar, Bidar, Karnataka 585401
Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, Alwar, Rajasthan
1st floor, APEX Hospital Building, Plot 138, Subhash Nagar, Alwar, Rajasthan 301 001. +91 144-2370559, +91 144-23700560. email@example.com
DS Karad Eye Institute, Latur, Maharashtra
P-66, MIDC Area, Near PVR Talkies, Kalmb Road, Latur MIDC, Latur 413 531. +91 2382 222 919. firstname.lastname@example.org
ICARE Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
E3A, Sector 26, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301. +91 120 247 7600 / 01, +91-98118 80015. email@example.com
Khairabad Eye Hospital, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer, Hyderabad, India
Pushpagiri Vitreo Retina Eye Institute, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Plot No 241, Uma Plaza, 9, W Marredpally Rd, Secunderabad, Telangana 500026. +91 40 2780 4949. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharat Laser Eye Centre, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
Alankar Cir, Raganna Darwaja, Kakatiya Colony, Hanamkonda, Telangana 506011. +91 91332 50000, +91 870 2447788, 2448788. email@example.com
Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital, Siliguri, West Bengal
Behind Vishal Cinema, 2nd Mile, Sevoke Rd, Ward 43, Bhanu Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal 734002. +91 97333 00090, +91 353 2543 457 / 301. firstname.lastname@example.org
Siloam Eye Hospital, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh
S.No.185/2 And 186/1, Chippili Village Bangalore Road, Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh 517325. +91 85712 24205
Sri Sai Lions Netralaya Patna District, Bihar
B-10 / B-144, P C Colony Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kankarbagh, Patna, Bihar 800020. +91 94710 02350, +91 612-23613 95 / 18, +18003456206. email@example.com
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya Hospital, Guwahati, Assam
96, Basistha Rd, Beltola Tiniali, Saurabh Nagar, Beltola Tiniali, Guwahati, Assam 781028. +91 98646 22022. firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Gregorios Balagram Eye Hospital, Yacharam, Andhra Pradesh
Telangana Region, Atmakur, Telangana 501509. +91 84142 61140, +91 94401 93183. email@example.com
SUNETRA Hospital-Based Community Eye Health Projects, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka States
Visakhapatnam Eye Hospital; L V Prasad Eye Institute – Vizag, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh