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Neuro Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic issues the department addresses

Neuro ophthalmology is the speciality that deals with ophthalmic diseases with neurological problems and various optic nerve disorders.


Clinical examination and investigative procedures related to neuro-ophthalmology.
Unique in that it combines the expertise of different primary specialties, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Radiology.
Humphrey visual field analyzer
Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue test
Farnsworth D-15 test
FACT and Regan Contrast Sensitivity charts
Electrodiagnostics – ERG and VEP
Optical coherence tomography
Heidelberg retinal tomography

Training and courses offered

Neuro Ophthalmology Fellowship Programme

Duration: (18 Months)

Numbers of Seats : 1 (one every 6 monthsNumbers of Seats : 1 (one every 6 months)
Starting Date: 1st April & 1st October
Application Deadline: 31st January & 31st July
Selection Process: Written test & Interview in February & August

General Information
This training programme in clinical neuro ophthalmology seeks to hone the skills of general ophthalmologists in the diagnosis and management of patients with neurological disorders that affect the visual Pathway and ocular movements.
The goal of the fellowship programme is to impart the necessary knowledge and skills needed, to become competent neuro ophthalmologists. The programme provides intensive training in diagnosing and managing a wide spectrum of neuro-ophthalmic disorders and in research that helps trainees attain expertise in neuro-ophthalmology. Research Fellows will also be trained in the management of ophthalmic emergencies and interpretation of relevant investigations, including neuro imaging. The training programme requires and emphasizes upon a good working knowledge of internal medicine.
Clinical Experience
The department receives referrals from all over India and parts of Asia. Research Fellows will also assist faculty in the teaching and clinical supervision of ophthalmology residents. In addition, they would also be attending various clinics with the neuro radiologist, neurologist and the neurosurgeons according to a structured programme.
Surgical Program
Research Fellows will receive training in cataract surgeries (extra capsular cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation, small incision cataract surgery and phacoemulsification), management of lid lacerations, and anterior segment trauma.
Research Potential
Research Fellows will be trained in basic research methodology, scientific paper writing and will be involved in ongoing studies in the department.
Educational Opportunities
Trainees are encouraged to participate in external didactic activities, such as the annual meetings of the All India Ophthalmological Society Conference. The department also conducts its own educational activities, such as journal clubs and lecture presentations by regular as well as visiting faculty. Research Fellows are expected to maintain a logbook, present one research paper per year during their fellowship and present monthly seminars and case presentations.
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Papers/Publications for last 10 years

Multifocal VEP in optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy and compression optic neuropathy. Manju, Priya, Parveen S. Indian Journal of Opthalmology -2012

Bilateral simultaneous non arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy in alcoholic liner disease. Shikha B, Gupta A D – Oman Journal of Ophthalmology July 2014

Aquaporin 4 antibody [NMO Ab] status in patients with severe optic neuritis in India. Ambika S, Mahalakshmi B, Therese KL, Akila V, Deepak A - International Ophthalmol 15 March – 2015.

Role of AqP4 in severe Indian optics nerves. Ambika S, Mahalakshmi- InternationalJournal of Ophthalmology 2015

Aquaporin 4 antibody [NMO Ab] status in patients with severe optic neuritis in India. Ambika S, Balasubramanian M, Theresa L, Veeraputhiran A, Arjundas D- International Ophthalmol. 2015 Dec;35(6):801-6. doi: 10.1007/s10792-015-0048-8

Genetic studies in a patient with X0-Linked retinoschisis coexisting with developmental delay and sensorineural hearing loss. Aparna G, Smitha A, Shuba K, Srividya N, Sripriya S, Parveen S, Subbulakshmi C, Pandian J, Arunachalam – Ophthalmic Genetics 2016 DOI: 10.1080/13816810

Director Dr. S Ambika

Deputy Director

Dr. Shikha Bassi
Consultants Dr. Durga Priyadarshini S
Dr. Vidhya Dharani D M
Director - Neuro Ophthalmology
Dr. S. Ambika
Sankara Nethralaya (Main Campus)
No. 41 (old 18), College Road,
Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India
E-Mail ID:
Tel: 91-044-28271616 (12 lines)
Deputy Director - Neuro Ophthalmology
Dr. Shikha Bassi
Sankara Nethralaya (Main Campus)
No. 41 (old 18), College Road,
Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India
E-Mail ID:
Tel: 91-044-28271616 (12 lines)