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Uveal tract is the vascular middle coat of the eye ball. Inflammation of the uveal tract is called uveitis. Uveitis, usually occurs if there is associated systemic disease in the patient either an autoimmune disease or an infectious disease. Department of ocular immunology and inflammation (or Uveitis has specialists who take care of patients with Uveitis in close coordination with other specialities in medicine such as rheumatology, infectious disease specialists, internists etc. The department is headed by Dr. Jyotirmay Biswas, a pioneer in this field who is ably assisted by 6 other consultants who have been trained in uveitis

Medical management of patients with uveitis involves continuous monitoring/control of their ocular inflammation which may require systemic treatment with drugs such as steroids and immunosuppressives. It also needs close monitoring of the systemic disease in conjunction with the physicians. Management of uveitis with complicated cataract is the specialized surgery performed exclusively by this department.Uveitis with glaucoma, uveitis with vitreoretinal complications are handled in close cooperation with specialized Consultants in the respective fields. Such specialized and compassionate care of patients with this chronic disease is taken care of by the the following faculty, probably the largest and the most experienced uveitis department in Asia

Uveitis department is well supported by a state of the art laboratory, departments of ophthalmic pathology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics department
The institute also has facilities for ancillary studies like fluorescein angiography, ultrasonography, ultrasound biomicroscopy and spectral domain optical coherence tomography.

Apart from patients with uveitis, the department also takes care of patients with scleritis, retinal vasculitis and patients with HIV/AIDS.

The Uveitis department examines more than 1000 new cases of uveitis every year and totally …….. cases of uveitis in a year. It is the primary referral center for uveitis cases in India and neighbouring countries. This department is actively involved in research and has the largest number of peer reviewed publications in Sankara Nethralaya. It has so far published more than 250 articles in National and International peer reviewed Ophthalmic Journals.
Specialists in the department have been part of and have completed many renowned multicentre drug trials. They have also been part of many prestigious books as authors and co-authors of chapter related to Uveitis and Ocular Pathology.

The Department has done pioneering research work in the field of ocular complications due to AIDS and has authored more than 20 articles in peer reviewed journals on ocular lesions in HIV/AIDS including a book on "Ocular Lesions in AIDS - Practical guidelines in diagnosis and management".

The Department has authored a prestigious work -“ Sankara Nethralaya Atlas of Uveitis & scleritis” – which has been a resounding success and is the most sought after atlas by both postgraduates and practicing ophthalmologists.

Fibrin in acute anterior uveitis   Vitreous condensation and snowball opacities   Active  toxoplasmic  retinohcoroiditis

Academic activities of uvea Department:

Conferences conducted

Sankara Netharalya had organised the International Uveitis Study Group Meeting in February 2000. Experts in the field of Uveitis from India and 14 other countries participated in the meet in Chennai to discuss the latest approaches in the diagnosis of Uveitis. This Study is being conducted annually to provide guidelines for the classification, diagnosis and treatment of Uveitis entities. This was the first time that the IUSG meeting was held in India with the department of Teaching and Training of Diploma in Ophthalmology and Diploma of National Board. There is also Training imparted for B.Sc Optometry.

There have been multiple CME programmes and updates on Uveitis organized by Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai and around. Consultants in Uvea department have been part of many conferences as main speakers/faculty.

The forthcoming meet - 9th Uveitis Society of India meet is to be held in Chennai organized by Uveitis department, Sankara Nethralaya on December 4th, 5th and 6th, 2009.
Prominent national and international faculty and delegates are expected to attend the meet.

Fellowship programme

There is a 18 month fellowship programme in the Department of uveitis which encompasses a basic training in other specialities in general ophthalmology including cataracts and complete training in the management of patients with uveitis.

There is also a 18 month Medical retina and Uveitis Fellowship which trains the candidate in the basic management of medical retina and uveitic disorders.

There is postgraduation course for M Phil (optometry) students and currently there is one candidate for the same.

For further details, interested candidates can write directly to Dr J Biswas at Sankara Nethralaya.


Facilities for Intraocular biopsy

Facilities for complex vitreoretinal surgery that may be needed for some eyes with uveitis.

Laboratory facilities to investigate cases of uveitis

The Department is experienced in handling complicated and refactory cases where immunosuppressive drugs are given under intensive monitoring


Director Dr Jyotirmay Biswas
Deputy Director Dr. Sudha K Ganesh
Consultants Dr. Amala Elizabeth George
Dr. Amitabh Kumar (Kolkatta)
Dr. Anindya Kishore Majumder (Kolkatta)
Dr. Arshee S Ahmed
Dr. Mamta Agarwal
Dr. Parthapratim Dutta Majumder
Dr. Sudharshan S
Dr. Suchitra Pradeep
Dr. Sharanya Sarah Abraham
Director - Uveitis Services
Dr Jyotirmay Biswas
Sankara Nethralaya (Main Campus)
No. 41 (old 18), College Road,
Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India
Tel: 91-044-28271616 (12 lines)
Deputy Director - Uveitis Services
Dr. Sudha K Ganesh
Sankara Nethralaya (Main Campus)
No. 41 (old 18), College Road,
Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India
Tel: 91-044-28271616 (12 lines)