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Aravind Eye Hospital
&Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology
(Run by Govel Trust, a public charitable trust)
Diploma in Ophthalmology (DO)
Aravind Eye Hospitals
& Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology
The hospital is named after Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), an Indian patriot, poet,
philosopher and mystic who lived in service to God and man. The hospital is founded on
this principle – service to God and man – and continues to be guided by it. As an eye hospital, we constantly challenge ourselves to go beyond the realm of moral or ethical practice of medicine and bring in values of holistic and humanistic approaches in providing eye health as a means of reducing human suffering.
Aravind’s mission is to “reduce needless blindness” within the above spiritual and ethical framework.
History Padmashree Dr.G.Venkataswamy, spent his entire career contributing to the Government of India’s National Programme for Control of Blindness. When he retired from Government service in 1976, he envisioned the Government’s efforts towards the reduction of needless blindness. Putting his ideas into action, he started Aravind Eye Hospital, which has grown from a humble beginning with 11 beds, into a network of ten hospitals with a bed strength in excess of 4000 beds.
In 1985, the first satellite hospital of Aravind was started in Theni 50 miles West of Madurai, and 1988 the second satellite hospital was started in Tirunelveli 120 miles to the South of Madurai. In January,1997 third satellite hospital was started in Coimbatore 160 miles to the West of Madurai and February 2003 the fourth satellite hospital was inaugurated at Pondicherry 250 miles to the North of Madurai. Subsequently in the following years further satellite hospitals with excellence in cataract and glaucoma services were opened in Salem, Dindigul, Tirupur, Tuticorin & Udumalpet.
Aravind Eye Hospital, in its 37 years of operation has performed more than 50 lakhs surgical procedures and more than 40 million patients have benefited from outpatient services.
Introduction Aravind Eye Hospital is the largest eye care service provider in the world. Apart from the volume of eye care service delivery, it has a strong commitment towards ophthalmic teaching and clinical research. Experienced faculty members trained abroad in their own subspecialities in Retina and Vitreous, Cornea, Glaucoma, Uvea, Orbit and Oculoplastics, Squint and Paediatric Ophthalmology head the respective clinics and teach and train the residents on the clinical aspects and applied research methodology with the help of modern information technology systems. The residents are strongly encouraged to participate in various symposium and class discussions and to present papers at State and National level conferences. They are also trained and encouraged to publish relevant clinical material in the national and international journals. Apart from the regular training programme, the residents benefit from constant interaction with a host of international faculty who come to share their experiences at regular intervals.
This institute offers opportunities to the residents on par with the leading world institutes in Ophthalmology.
Facilities Aravind Eye Hospital – Madurai Main Hospital The main hospital (paying section) has 9 speciality clinics, 9 operating theatres and 385 patient beds. Every day, an average of 150 surgeries is performed and 1500 outpatients are treated by skilled ophthalmologists, nurses and other specialists using sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic instruments. Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, is the headquarters for the Madurai Eye Bank Association, which receives eyeball donations from various institutions in India and from the USA.
Free Hospital The free hospital, situated adjacent to the main hospital, has 4 operating theatres with a capacity for 320 inpatients. Every day, on an average, it handles about 800 outpatients and 200 surgeries are performed. The doctors and paramedical staff are posted on rotation between the free and paying hospitals to ensure a high quality of care.
Camp Hospital The camp hospital, situated close to the main hospital, has 2 operating theatres with a capacity for 600 inpatients. Every day, on an average, it handles about 100 camp surgeries. Various doctors and paramedical staff are present in the camp hospital on a monthly basis from the Main hospital to ensure quality services at the camp hospital.
Speciality Clinics Aravind Eye Hospital has full-fledged super specialty clinics like Retina and Vitreous, Cornea, Glaucoma, IOL, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Uvea, Orbit & Oculoplasty and Low Vision, manned by competent specialists.
Special therapeutic procedures like LASIK laser, YAG laser, Argon laser photocoagulation and phacoemulsification, Transpupillary Thermo Therapy and special diagnostic procedures like fluorescein angiography, ultrasonography, humphery field analysis, corneal topography, specular microscopy, confocal microscopy, latest of glaucoma diagnostics including GDX and HRT III, Visual Evoked Potential (VEP), Electroretinogram(ERG) are available. Emergency services are available round the clock. The hospital is well equipped with support facilities for ocular microbiology, pathology, radiology, photography, biochemistry, ocular immunology, ophthalmic genetics and an international eye bank.
The main hospital has a paramedical training centre and hostel facility for the staff.
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, is the head quarter for Madurai Eye Bank Association, which receives eyeballs from various institutions in India. The Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank, receives processes and distributes corneal tissues in accordance with international specifications.
Library and Resource Centre Aravind library provides information through a wide range of literature on ophthalmology and hospital management. The resource centre houses indexed international and national journals, comprehensive list of books covering the entire gambit of ophthalmology, pamphlets and health education materials related to eye care. In the library, apart from national and international journals, a variety of videocassettes and audiovisual aids are available along with separate rooms with provision to view them. In addition, Aravind library has Medline and Medlar search facilities.
Medical Records Department The Medical Records Department is completely computerised and maintains health information system to provide updated statistics. Diagnosis and treatment are computerised using the coding system based on International Classification of Diseases (ICD – 9M). The medical records are used by the postgraduate students and other doctors for learning and for other research purposes.
Computer Section The entire patient information system and various administrative functions are computerised through network. This provides necessary data (information) for statistical analysis of the hospital’s performance, and for various research projects. It is also equipped with desktop publishing facilities, laser printers, a colour scanner, and a slide maker.
Community Outreach Activities Aravind’s community outreach programme forms a vital link between the hospital and the rural masses. Aravind organises an average of 30 screening camps per week, in partnership with voluntary organisations. Patients are diagnosed, treated, and when necessary, brought to the free hospital for surgery. The voluntary organisations bear the cost of food and transportation for the patients, and the hospital covers other clinical and administrative costs. All ophthalmologists and paramedics participate regularly in these outreach activities. In the year ending March 2013, over 2,841 camps were conducted through which 5, 54,413 patients were screened and 90547 patients underwent surgery and 89547 glasses were dispensed.
Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) The main objective of LAICO is to contribute to the prevention and control of global blindness through training health related and managerial personnel to develop and implement community eye care programmes. The institute is funded by the SightFirst Programme of Lions Club International, along with SEVA Foundation, USA, and SEVA Service Society, Canada.
The energy for Aravind’s activities emerges from a strong value system based on compassion, integrity, perseverance and altruism. The training at the institute will encourage the students to explore the potential of such values, and will help them to develop a value based work culture in their eye care programmes.
Satellite Hospitals Aravind – Theni Aravind Eye Hospital, Theni, was inaugurated in August 1985, with 150 free and 40 paying inpatient beds. The hospital is well equipped for cataract and minor eye surgeries. The doctors and paramedics working in this hospital are supplemented by staff posted on a rotation basis from the main hospital in Madurai. It is recognised for Dip.N.B by National Board of Examinations.
Aravind – Tirunelveli Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, started in February 1988, is a near replica of the base hospital in Madurai. It has facilities for 150 paying and 481 free inpatient beds. It also has several of the speciality clinics and extensive outreach activities covering the southern districts of Tamilnadu and Kerala. It is recognised for Dip. N.B. by National Board of Examinations.
Aravind – Coimbatore Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, inaugurated on January 1997 has facilities for 174 paying and 700 free inpatients beds. Like the Madurai hospital, it is well equipped with all sub-speciality clinics and caters to the needs of various districts from Tamil Nadu, Kerela & Karnataka. It is recognized for Dip.N.B. by National Board of Examinations.
Aravind - Pondichery Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondichery, inaugurated on February 2003, has facilities for 150 paying and 600 free inpatients beds. The hospital houses trained doctors from various sub specialities of ophthalmology who provide quality tertiary eye care. It is recognized for Dip.N.B. by National Board of Examinations.
Aravind – Salem As part of expanding eye care services to the needy, Aravind opened a new hospital in Salem on November 27, 2011. Over 10,000 cataract patients from Salem are being benefited every year through the outreach activities performed in this area by Aravind Madurai. In order to provide easily accessible eye care for the patients of Salem district, a 50
- bedded hospital sprawling over an area of 42,000 sq.ft that provides all the speciality services in eye care was started Aravind – Dindigul A new facility in Dindigul was opened in September 2010. The hospital complex including the residential facility sprawls an area of about 9500 sq.ft and has a bed capacity of 10. It caters to the eyecare needs of a population of 2 million. The hospital has state – of – the - art operation theatre which can handle about 15 surgeries a day. Services available include refractive error, cataract and PCO (YAG Laser procedures) and glaucoma Aravind – Tirupur To cater to the needs of the growing city of Tirupur, a new hospital was started in 2010.The hospital complex extends over an area of about 22000 sq.ft and has a bed capacity of 23.
The centre is targeted to serve 55,000 outpatients and almost 5000 surgeries a year.
Services available include management of refractive errors and cataract, Yag Capsulotomy, Medical Retina and glaucoma. In addition to this, a well equipped optical processing laboratory to deliver world class spectacles and contact lens is available Aravind – Udumalpet The sprawling campus including the residential facility has a built in area of about 22,000sq.ft and a bed capacity of 20. The hospital has state-of-the-art operation theatres which can effectively handle about 30 surgeries a day. Services available include management of refractive errors, cataract surgery, Medical Retina and Glaucoma Aravind – Tuticorin A long – felt need of an eye care centre in Tuticorin came to reality with the opening of Aravind’s secondary eye care centre. Manned by Aravind - Tirunelveli, the centre offers services in the treatment of cataract, refractive errors and glaucoma. The services will be expanded further to include a wide array of speciality eye diseases.
All the satellite hospitals are linked with Madurai and with each other by telemedicine, facilities which helps in sharing of available resources optimally.
Postgraduate Training Programmes Postgraduate training is an integral part of Aravind’s activities. It offers the candidates excellent opportunities for developing their skills in a high volume clinical setting.
All postgraduate students are posted by rotation to various units in the main hospital, the free section and to the satellite hospitals. They are trained to prepare full case sheets for presentation in the presence of senior consultants. The students are posted in the outpatient department, wards, and operation theatres, and as a result, they are exposed to all facts of treatment – preoperative, surgical and postoperative. They are provided guidance in surgery and in using the hi-tech instruments and develop proficiency in cataract surgery by the end of their residency. They are encouraged to participate in the various ongoing research projects of the institute and to present papers at state and national ophthalmic conferences. Special audiotapes, videotapes and variety of ophthalmic literature are available in the library.
Seminars, symposium, workshops, didactic lectures and various Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes are all part of the regular postgraduate teaching programmes. Candidate performance is regularly assessed through theoretical and practical examinations by all individual departments. Candidates participate in the community outreach programme by attending camps as part of their postgraduate training programmes.
Postgraduate Course in Ophthalmology: