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Community Ophthalmology

Brief History

Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Centre

The Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center at Sankara Nethralaya offers free services to those with a family income of less than Rs. 7000/- per month.

All our units follow the same policy of providing high quality treatment to the rich and poor alike. Some of the highlights of our Community Ophthalmic services are listed below:

1987-1992: Camps conducted on alternate Sundays in the Hospital premises
1992-1995: Camps conducted with the help of NGOs especially the Tulsi Trust.
1995-1997: An entire floor in Mahyco block dedicated for community services.
1997-1999: With increasing demand, a separate Hospital started for free patients at Pammal in the outskirts of Chennai.
1999 onwards: Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center started in the heart of Chennai close to Sankara Nethralaya Main Hospital.
In a developing country like India, rural population still have difficulty in accessing quality eye treatment. Sankara Nethralaya recognized this need early on and has put in an elaborate system to identify patients in near by Villages with eye problem; bring them to the main Hospital; operate on them; give them glasses and send them back to their houses - all free of cost. Even the food requirements are met with. Our efforts are whole heartedly supported by Social Service Organizations such as Tulsi Trust, Lions Club, Singvi charitable Trust, Sai Trust and by many good hearted individuals.

Ophthalmic issues the dept. addresses

The department focuses in the provision of the following services:

Cataract Surgery
Minor Glaucoma Surgeries
  • Nd: YAG peripheral Iridotomy


Service of community & by community

At JCOC, community service is not just helping the underprivileged but also roping in community to contribute to our endeavours.

In partnership with a number of NGOs, JCOC conducts eye camps at the city slums as well as rural areas. Those who require surgery are brought to JCOC. Surgery and post-operative care expenses are borne by JCOC if a patient family income is less than Rs. 7,000 per month. Following the surgery, the patient is taken back to his/her village; this is followed a week later by a doctor visit to examine how the patient is recuperating.An indigent patient who is treated free of cost at JCOC is eligible for the same for life.

An understanding with the city MOP Vaishnav college and Meenakshi college for women has led to college students actively volunteering at JCOC out-patient department. Volunteers from SMILE, SWAN and the Sathya Sai Organisation have contributed effectively in the smooth functioning of JCOC.The institute has also provided its services to inmates at Banyan and to the aged at Little Sisters of Poor.

We have also been supported by Lion Club International, Tulsi Trust, Singavi Charitable Trust, Madras West Round Table 10 and Tamil Nadu District Blindness Control Society for Community out Reach Program.

With five operation theatres and 75 beds, JCOC treats about 200-300 out patients every day and performs between 30-40 surgeries every day. JCOC also serves as a training centre for PGs and Fellows of Sankara Nethralaya and offers training programmes such as the Ratan Tata Fellowship programme.

Having emerged as a leading eye hospital, Sankara Nethralaya takes on community service with utmost sincerity and dedication. And JCOC is a prime example of our belief in serving humanity.

Corporates desiring to sponsor an Out Reach Camp or Cataract surgeries or individuals wishing to sponsor one or more cataract surgeries can contact

Mr. Sivakumar or Mr. K.Arul Kumar,
Sankara Nethralaya, Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center,
Dr. V.G. Appukutty Campus
No.8, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount,
Chennai – 600 016.
e-mail :,
Tel : 91-44-28233556, 28271616, 28311913, 28260477 / Extn. 2304
Mobile: + 91 9952945758

Advanced Cataract Fellowship Programme

Next Interview Date:
July 28th 2017 (Friday) August to September 2017 Batch at 09.00 am
September 22nd 2017 (Friday) October to November 2017 Batch at 09.00 am

Interview will be at Medical Research Foundation, No 18 College Road, Chennai 600006.

Venue for Training: 159, Rama Building, Greams Road, Chennai 600006

Programme Details:

Comprehensive Microsurgical Cataract Training Program

Objective: To enhance candidates’ skill in Advanced Cataract Microsurgical Techniques

Duration: 2 Months

No. of Candidates: Every 2 months, upto 10 candidates can be selected to undergo training in this programme

Outline: All Candidates perform around 8 -10 SICS & 12 – 15 Phacoemulsification Surgeries during their 2 month tenure. All surgeries are done under scrubbed - in supervision by a consultant of SN

Parallely they have:

  1. Interactive lectures by Consultants.
  2. Observing the senior surgeons perform surgeries.
  3. Wet lab training on animal eyes.
  4. Enhanced training on the virtual reality module.
  5. Augmentation of OPD skills e.g., Gonioscopy and Indirect Ophthalmology.

Accommodation: Residential accommodation will be provided at nominal cost to those who are selected subject to availability. While allotting accommodation, preference will be given to out station candidates.

During the 2- months period candidates are not allowed to take any leave/exams.

Stipend: Candidates admitted to the course shall be eligible for a stipend of Rs.5200.00 p.m

Selection is purely on merit: The applicants undergo a multiple choice question test related to Cataract surgery and ophthalmic basics. Our senior faculty shall then interview short listed candidates. Usually results are announced the same evening.

Educational Qualification: Ophthalmology PG Degree in MD, MS, DNB or DO recognized by the Medical Council of India, New Delhi

Candidates employed elsewhere should produce a No Objection Certificate from the employer at the time of interview and have the relevant certificates in the original.

Address for Communication (for all programs)
The Academic Officer
C U Shah Ophthalmic Postgraduate Training Centre
Medical Research Foundation
No 18 College Road
Chennai – 600 006
Phone: 044-42271835
e.mail :

Please click here to download Application Form

Papers/Publications for last 10 years

Practice and personal profile of male and female ophthalmologists in India. Rupak R, Debmalya D, Saurabh K, A Mukherjee – Accepted in Indian Journal of Ophthalmology April 2015.

Practice and personal profile of male and female ophthalmologists in India. Kumar S, Krishnendu S, Rupak R, Parthopratim D M - Indian Journal of Ophthalmology volume: 63, Issue: 6, Page: 482 – 486.

Director Dr. Sripriya Krishnamoorthy
Consultants Dr. Veena Baskaran
Dr. Jeyalakshmi Govindan
Dr. Gajendra Kumar Verma
Dr. Elizabeth Sonu John
Dr. Parameswari C K
Dr. Shema Rafeek
Director - Community Ophthalmology
Dr. Sripriya Krishnamoorthy
Sankara Nethralaya, Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Center,
Dr. V.G. Appukutty Campus
No.8, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount,
Chennai – 600 016.
E-Mail ID: /
Tel: 91-44-28233556, 28271616, 28311913
Extn: 2304