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 (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.

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 outreach programmes and screening camps help to screen patients for potentially blinding ocular diseases like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degenerations with the help of 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, and surgical simulator helps residents to enhance their surgical skills.

Facilities available

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. Modern equipment 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, Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (Cirrus HD, Zeiss), Sirius Corneal topography, Ultrasound AB 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 ECCE, 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 in OPD and Ward 24 houses various types of lasers such as Multispot laser (Zeiss), Nd Yag, Green (double frequency YAG) (532 nm) laser, Portable green laser, Red laser (Quantel) for retinal photocoagulation for retinovascular disorders including diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity  and trans-scleral cyclophotocoagulation. Nd YAG laser (Visulas,Zeiss) (1064 nm) is used for irdotomies and capsulotomies.

The JIPMER eye bank (Zirm eye bank) is recognized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt. of India. This place houses a temperature monitored Lab refrigerator, Laminar Hood, eye bank specular microscope and functions round the clock. The HCRP (Hospital corneal retrieval Programme) for procurement of eyes form donors is very active and on an average 75 pairs of eyes are collected annually. We have a dedicated grief counsellor for this. All records related to this programme are well maintained and we receive recurring Grant-in-Aid from NPCB, Puducherry for eye collection. It has successfully carried out several corneal transplant surgeries over the years and continues the good work providing vision to the corneal blind..

State of art equipment available in the department

  • Surgical Operating Microscope – Carl Zeiss – Lumera I with Wide Angle Viewing System for Retinal Surgeries - BIOM of OCULUS and RESIGHT of Carl Zeiss (2 numbers) (High end)
  • Surgical Operating Microscope, Lumera 300 (Middle order)
  • Surgical Operating Microscope - Leica - M220 F12
  • Surgical Operating Microscope- Topcon (Lower end) for Wetlab
  • Phacoemulsification Units – 5 in number (Faros – Oertli, Visalis 100 – Carl Zeiss, Pulsar PMS - OptiKon)
  • Digital Fundus Camera with Fundus Fluorescein Angiogram facility – Canon CF 1
  • Non Mydriatic Fundus Digital Camera - Cannon CR 1
  • Hand held fundus camera (Volk)
  • Cirrus (Spectral domain) Optical Coherence Tomography– Carl Zeiss
  • Optical Biometer- Lenstar-Biomedix
  • Humphrey Perimeter-2 numbers (750i and 860i-Carl Zeiss)
  • Photoslitlamp – 2 (Topcon SL D7 and Appasamy)
  • 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-Appasamy
  • Visulas NdYAG Laser and Frequency Doubled NdYAG Laser (Multispot) - Carl Zeiss
  • Portable green laser (LIO), Red laser for endo & subcyclophotocoagulation (810nm)
  • Autorefractometer – 4 in number (Unicos and Potec), manual keratometer
  • Slitlamps – 12 in number (Haagstreit BQ900-5, Shin Nippon-2, Appasamy-5)
  • Digital lensometer, Synoptophore, Hess chart
  • Tonometers-Goldman applanation -8, Non-contact (Topcon CT 80)-5, Reichert Tonopen-1, Perkin’s tonometer-1, Rebound (Icare)-1)
  • Ultrasound Pachymeter (Quantel)
  • Electrophysiology unit (ERG,EOG,VEP) (Roland)
  • Cryomachine

State of Art Training Facility

  • Eye Si (Ophthalmic Surgical simulator) from VR Magic
  • Wet Lab equipped with 3 Operating Microscopes & Optikon Phacoemulsification Unit (4 stations)
  • Reti Eyes for learning Retinal Laser application
  • Model eye for Retinoscopy practice