"The Department of Ophthalmology started functioning from the time of inception of JIPMER. Prof. Mishra was the first Head of the department but it was Prof N.N. Sood who gave a face lift to the department. In 1984, the department was named as “Upgraded Department of Ophthalmology” and specialty clinics like retina clinic, cornea and glaucoma clinic were established. The department was the first among government hospitals in South India to procure and start phacoemulsification surgeries in 1996.
Presently the faculty comprises Dr Renuka Srinivasan, Senior professor and Head, three Assoc Professors and two assistant professors. They are assisted by two optometrists and an ophthalmic assistant.
The outpatient department functions on all days of the week and speciality clinics in the afternoons. A dedicated team of residents and consultants is available round the clock to cater to emergencies.
Our triple goal is to provide comprehensive, high-quality, and state-of-the-art eye care, structured training of under graduates and residents and carry out basic and clinical research
The diagnostic facilities available include equipments with cutting edge technology such as slit lamps biomicroscopes, clinical and non contact specular microscopes, Humphrey automated perimetry, imaging technologies such as mydriatic and non mydriatic fundus cameras, Optical coherence Tomography , Corneal topography, Ultrasound Biomicroscopy with A and B scan.
The ophthalmology operation theatre has high end operating microscopes with state of the art machines which help doctors in training and faculty to perform surgeries with precision and ease. Among the surgery performed include intra and extraocular surgery such as Phacoemulsification, glaucoma surgery,vitrectomy keratoplasties, oculoplasty, etc
The laser room houses various types of lasers such as Nd Yag, Green (double frequency YAG) laser and diode for procedures such as iridotomy, retinal photocoagulation for retinovascular disorders including diabetic retinopathy and transcleral cyclophtocoagulation.
The JIPMER eye bank recognized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt of India functions round the clock and has successfully carried out several corneal transplant surgeries over the years.
The outreach programmes under the teleophthalmology projects have been highly appreciated. The chief focus of this project is to screen patients for potentially blinding ocular diseases like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degenerations with the help to non mydriatric fundus camera, noncontact tonometer and slit lamp biosmicroscopy which are transported to the field.
Post graduate training in MS Ophthalmology is achieved by a structured program. The residents are involved in clinical work, hands on surgery, presentations of seminars, journal club, and research (dissertations) projects. A fully equipped wet lab helps residents to enhance their surgical skills.