General Info

The Department of Ophthalmology

"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 facelift 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. Subashini Kaliaperumal, Professor and Head, Dr. K Ramesh Babu (Additional Professor), Dr. Shashi Ahuja (Additional Professor), Dr. Nirupama Kasturi (Associate Professor) and Dr. Amit Kumar Deb (Assistant Professor) and Dr Geeta Behera (Assistant Professor). They are assisted by a senior refractionist, two optometrists, orthoptist and an ophthalmic assistant.

The outpatient department functions on all days of the week along with specialty clinics designated on specific days. 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 undergraduates 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 A and B scan.

The ophthalmology operation theatre has 3 high end Zeiss operating microscopes with state of the art machines which help doctors in training and faculty to perform surgeries with precision and ease. Among the surgeries performed are both intraocular and extraocular surgeries. The intraocular surgeries include cataract surgery such as Phacoemulsification, Manual small incision and conventional, glaucoma surgery such as Trabeculectomy, augmented trabeculectomy with MMC, Glaucoma Drainage devices and cyclodestructive procedures, Retinal surgery such as pars plana vitrectomy, scleral buckling, corneal surgeries such as keratoplasties and also squint & oculoplasty surgeries.

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, retinopathy of prematurity  and trans-scleral cyclophotocoagulation.

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 and screening camps help to screen patients for potentially blinding ocular diseases like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degenerations with the help to non-mydriatic fundus camera, non-contact tonometer, and slit lamp biomicroscopy and indirect ophthalmoscopy 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, case presentations and research dissertations projects. A fully equipped wet lab helps residents to enhance their surgical skills.


State of art equipments available in the department

  • Surgical Operating Microscope – Carl Zeiss - Lumera with Wide Angle Viewing System for Retinal Surgeries - BIOM of OCULUS and RESIGHT of Carl Zeiss (2 numbers)
  • Surgical Operating Microscope - Leica - M220 F12
  • Phacoemulsification Units - Faros - Oertli
  • Phacoemulsification Units - Visalis 100 – Carl Zeiss
  • Phacoemulsification Units - Pulsar PMS - Opticon
  • Digital Fundus Camera with Fundus Fluorescein Angiogram facility – Canon CF 1
  • Non Mydriatic Fundus Digital Camera - Cannon CR 1
  • Optical Coherence Tomography– Carl Zeiss
  • Photoslitlamp - Topcon SL D7
  • Corneal Topography -Sirius - Scheimpflug imaging based system - CSO
  • Clinical Specular microscope - Konan Noncon Robo
  • Eye Bank Specular Microscope - Konan Eye Bank Keratoanalyser
  • Ultrasound B scan - Marvel
  • Visulas NdYAG Laser - Carl Zeiss
  • Visulas Frequency Doubled NdYAG Laser - Carl Zeiss
  • Noncontact Tonometer - Topcon CT 80
  • Autorefractometer - Unicos and Potec
  • Slitlamps - Haagstreit BQ900
  • Slitlamps – Shin Nippon