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Uvea department was started by Dr Rajnikantha in 1981. The department has largest number of consultant in any uvea department of the country and sees around 3000 new uveitis cases per year.
Director: Dr Jyotirmay Biswas
Location: Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
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Deputy Director: Dr Sudha K Ganesh
Location: Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
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Chennai Centre
Consultants: Dr Amala Elizabeth George
Dr Vinita Girish Rao
Dr Mamta Agarwal
Dr Sudharshan S
Dr Suchitra Pradeep
Dr Parthopratim Dutta Majumder
Dr Arshee S Ahmed
Dr Sharanya Sarah Abraham
Kolkata Centre
Consultants: Dr Amitabh Kumar
Dr Anindya Kishore Majumder
Dr Benazir Ansari
Dr Avirupa Ghose
Dr Sharma Preeti Banshidhar
Brief History

The Uvea department examines an average of 3000 cases per year of which more than 1000 are new cases. It is noteworthy to mention that the Uvea department at Sankara Nethralaya is the primary referral center for uveitis patients in India and neighboring countries. This department is actively involved in research and is credited with the largest number of peer reviewed publications in Sankara Nethralaya.

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, hence the specialists at the Uveitis department treat their patients in close coordination with other specialists in medicine such as rheumatologists, chest physicians, infectious disease specialists, internists etc. The department is headed by Dr. Jyotirmay Biswas, a pioneer in this field who is ably assisted by 9 consultants well trained in this specialty

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 immuno-suppressives. It also needs close monitoring of the systemic disease in conjunction with the concerned specialists.


Investigation facilities

  • Wide-field fundus photography with Optos
  • Digital fundus fluorescein angiography
  • Digital indocyanine green angiography
  • Wide angle angiography (Spectralis)
  • Ultrasonography,
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Spectral domain swept source

Therapeutic facilities

  • Phacoemulsification for routine and uveitic complicated cataracts
  • Intravitreal injections
  • Vitreoretinal surgery
  • Argon laser photocoagulation

Laboratory facilities

Sankara Nethralaya’s uveitis department is well supported by state of the art laboratory, pathology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics departments. Facilities for intraocular biopsy are also available.

Investigations are available to diagnsoisng tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, syphilis, various collagen diseases etc.

The department has facilities to perform complicated cataract and complex vitreo-retinal surgeries that may be needed for some patients with uveitis.

The department is experienced in handling complicated and refractory cases where immunosuppressive drugs are given under intensive monitoring.

Major Conferences/Seminars / Events

Uvea department of Sankara Netharlaya had organized the International Uveitis Study Group Meeting (IUSG) in February 2000 at Chennai. Experts in the field of Uveitis from India and 14 other countries participated in this most prestigious meet to discuss the latest approaches in the diagnosis of Uveitis. The IUSG meeting is conducted annually to provide guidelines for the classification, diagnosis and treatment of Uveitis entities and this was the first time that the IUSG meeting was held in India.

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

Training and courses offered

Fellowship programme

The Department of uveitis offers an 18-month fellowship programme which encompasses a basic training in other specialties’ in general ophthalmology including cataracts and complete training in the management of patients with uveitis.

Department has trained 43 UVEA fellows till date.

Textbooks published
  1. Atlas of Uveitis and Scleritis. Dr Sudha K Ganesh, Dr Mamta Agarwal, Dr Amala E. George, Dr Jyotirmay Biswas. January 2005

  2. Ocular Lesions in AIDS - Practical guidelines in diagnosis and management. Dr Sudharshan S, Dr Jyotirmay Biswas.

  3. Uveitis: An Update. Dr Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Dr Jyotirmay Biswas.

Total number of publications in peer reviewed journals: 217


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 patients with HIV/AIDS including a comprehensive book on

Research & Innovation:

Total number of research projects completed-

  1. Bausch & Lomb project on Intravitreal steroid (Fluocinolone) implant
  2. Role of viruses/protozoa & Fuch’s hetrochromic iridocyclitis- AC tap analysis
  3. Intravitreal steroids in Posterior uveitis (Posurdex)
  4. LX211 in uveitis
  5. Novartis- ENSURE Study/ Anti-oxidant therapy In Eale’s disease
  6. HLA association in uveitis-Cytokines in Uveitis
  8. PSV-FAI-005

Ongoing project:

PEACH-TREE- CLS-TA – clinical trial to study the safety & efficacy of triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension for the treatment of subjects with macular edema associated with noon-infectious uveitis.

Total Number of Honors and Awards : 35
Recent: Dr. J. Biswas received the Dr Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award in the 16th Annual meeting of Uveitis Society of India at Colombo, Srilanka, November 2016.