The Mahathma Eye Hospital at Tiruchirappalli, South India is a Partnership Institution established in 1997. The hospital caters to the community at large, irrespective of the caste, creed and affordability. The main aim is to impart education of the highest standards in the arts and science of Ophthalmic medicine and to equip the persons involved with the spirit of service in relieving the suffering and promoting the eye health in full recognition of the moral and spiritual basis of life, in relation to health.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
- To produce more paramedical technicians / workers who should be able to assist in the early detection of Ophthalmic disorders which may lead to visual impairment.
- To educate the patients regarding eye career
- To assist the Ophthalmologists in Eye Institutions
- To assist in the estimation and treatment of refraction and common disorders of ocular motility and to perform common Ophthalmic diagnostic procedures.
- In this context, the Mahathma Eye Hospital is more concerned about employment opportunities for the educated youths and also to be self reliant in the demand of qualified para medical Ophthalmic technicians / workers.
- Due to lack of institutions offering specially designed employment oriented courses, The Mahathma Eye Hospital is proposing Ophthalmic certificate course in Ophthalmic technology under the off-campus programme with the collaboration of Bharathidasan University to meet the greater demand for such qualified personnel’s both in private and Public sector Hospitals.
The Hospital eye care services of the out–patient department has apart from general ophthalmology, sub–specialty clinics for Glaucoma, Retina–vitreous, Cornea, Squint, Contact lenses, Neuro-Ophthalmology, low vision and plastic surgery with the state of the art investigative and management equipment, updated infrastructure and expertise and sophisticated well equipped operation theatres to perform wide range of surgeries.
Under its Outreach Programme with high volume, high quality, and low cost eye services, more than 6500 operations are done every year for the restoration of sight. Over 60,000 patients are treated annually for various eye aliments. Eye screening of 1,00,000 school children and about 100 Eye Consultative Camps are conducted every year.
For Education and Training, the Hospital with such abundant clinical material, competent faculty, adequate infrastructure, a bed strength of 50, qualified staff, updated and essential equipment and teaching facilities is involved in manpower development of various categories of personnel from 1997. Since then, the Hospital has been training batches of Ophthalmic technicians, Ophthalmic nurses, camp organizers and other paramedical personnel’s.