Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya (SN), Kolkata, West Bengal

To serve more people from eastern and north eastern India, Sankara Nethralaya began offering its services through collaboration, in Kolkata in December 2002, serving about 200 patients a day. The new hospital was commissioned on January 21, 2009 by the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

It is a dedicated super specialty eye hospital and peripheral referral centre for the entire eastern region, as well as neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal. Keeping with the Sankara Nethralaya philosophy of community service, the new hospital at Kolkata has an entire floor dedicated to the community. Two state-of-the-art operation theatres and 24 beds have been specifically earmarked for indigent patients who receive treatment free-of-cost. The hospital also has a Tele-ophthalmology and Mobile Refraction Van that takes quality eye care to the doorstep of people living in rural and semi-urban regions of West Bengal.

Bansara Eye Care Centre (BECC), Shillong, Meghalaya

BECC started as a small vision centre in 1980 by the first local ophthalmologist to supplement the single government department. In 1992 a formal charitable society was formed by the group called – Society for Promotion of Eye Care and Sight (SPECS) focusing on eye health for everyone with equity and quality.

Bansara Eye Care has, over the last few years, made giant strides into alleviating the problems of blindness. The reason BECC have been able to make a contribution to healthcare and to the people of the state is because of BECC’s efforts at eradicating avoidable blindness by bringing state-of-the-art technology to the common man and by combining a holistic approach with the motto.

LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Rayagada and Berhampur, Odisha
Rayagada and Berhampur, Odisha

Established in 1987, LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is a not-for-profit, comprehensive eye care institution committed to delivering high-quality treatment and care for patients, embracing all socio-economic backgrounds. They are dedicated to achieving excellence across our eye health verticals - clinical services, education, research, rehabilitation and sight enhancement services, eye bank and rural community outreach.

The LVPEI network comprises a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Hyderabad, 3 tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 13 secondary and 117 primary care centres that cover the remotest rural areas in the four states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka

Presently two new eye hospitals are under construction in the districts of Rayagada and Berhampur on the land provided by the State Government of Odisha aiming towards the eradication of avoidable blindness through equitable and excellent comprehensive eye services.

These two hospitals are envisioned to become operational in the year 2015 in August and December respectively.

NAB - National Association for the Blind (India), Mumbai

Since 1952 till date, National Association for the Blind (NAB) has grown and expanded across India. It has done pioneering work and set up institutions for the welfare of the blind that include NAB workshop for the Blind, first ever integrated education for the blind, braille production unit, nursery for the Blind catering to pre-school blind children, a first of its kind of service in India, Training Centre for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped, set up the first ever Cyber Cafe for the Blind, first ever Call Centre totally managed by blind individuals, to name a few.

Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute, Rishikesh, Uttaranchal

This 128-bed eye hospital was inaugurated on 25th March 2007. Operating under the name "Nirmal Ashram Eye Institute", as a part of the Nirmal Mission for Vision society, it joined the Sankara family in 2010, and is operated by Sankara Eye Foundation India (SEFI). It follows the same systems and standards as the Sankara Family and is joining forces towards eradicating curable blindness in India.

The objective of the hospital is to provide the highest quality and cost effective eye surgery to the poorest of the poor of Uttaranchal and surrounding states. The hospital is equipped with state of the art instrumentation including a Phaco-emulsification equipment. Almost all the surgeries will be small-incision-suture-less surgeries. The hospital performs over 10,000 cataract surgeries per year.

Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
itanagar arunachal pradesh

This is the only charitable hospital working in the field of eye care in the whole state. The hospital was established in the year 1979. The hospital has 257 beds and provides services to both rich and poor. Many poor and deserving patients are beneficiaries of huge concessions in already nominal investigations charges, operation charges and other allied service charges. BPL (Below Poverty Line) patients are given absolute free services. A dedicated team leads the entire functioning at the hospital level.

The Ophthalmology department is keenly engaged in providing eye care to the whole state and adjoining parts of Assam. At the moment the eye wing at RKM provides routine refractive services, cataract, glaucoma, squint and pediatric ophthalmology services, oculoplasty, neuro ophthalmology, cornea, Uvea, low vision and community ophthalmology services. It undertakes outreach screening camps, surgical camps and school screening camps all over the state.

Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Bangalore, Karnataka

This facility was inaugurated in March 2008 as a part of Sankara Eye Foundation India’s (SEFI) Vision 20/20 by 2020 goal. Established on a 4.5 acres campus on the HAL Airport-Whitefield Road in Bangalore, the centre is accessible to the most parts of the city.

This 225 bed hospital is equipped to take care of all eye care needs from routine eye exams to the latest advances in medical care, including LASIK laser treatment and eye surgery; all in the specially designed facility. The hospital also houses a state of the art Ocular Oncology and Ocularistry centre. Sankara Academy of Vision, the human resource capacity building arm of Sankara Eye Foundation India is based here. It has been the recipient of many awards like “Namma Bengaluru” for providing the best community eye program.

Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Built on 5.5 acres of gifted land, the flagship of Sankara Eye Foundation India (SEFI), Sankara Eye Hospital was established in 1984.

With community participation, it has now blossomed into a 500 bed specialty ophthalmic world class hospital that performs 37,000 vision restoring cataract surgeries year after year. It has also been recognized as a post graduate training institute by the Diplomat of the National board, as well as by the National Programme for Control of Blindness and Government of India.

Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh was inaugurated on 1st March 2004 with the active support of the TANA Foundation, Sankara Eye Foundation USA and philanthropic families in Guntur and nearby areas.

Built in over 4.35 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility. Expansion of the hospital facilities is going on to meet the demand. Tentatively the plan is to add a LASIK facility, state-of-the-art eye equipment, an additional 100 free beds, expand the paid section and build staff quarters. The hospital performs more than 25,000 cataract surgeries per year.

Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

The Sankara Eye Hospital - Jaslok Chanrai Community Eye Care was inaugurated in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on October 12, 2014. It is located 22 kilometers away from the main city.

It has 215 free beds and a day care facility with a strength of 10. With plans to cover 5 districts and do outreach camps throughout the year, this hospital will be addressing a critical gap in eye care for the local communities. The hospital aims to perform over 6000 and more cataract surgeries annually in the coming years.

Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Ludhiana, Punjab

This hospital is the 9th partner hospital of Sankara Eye Foundation India (SEFI) and was established in April 2012.

Spanning across 55,000 sq. ft. on two acre complex and backed by an expert team of eye surgeons, the 100-bed hospital (80 beds for free / community patients and 20 for paying patients) provides specialized consultation and treatment across all sub-specialties in Ophthalmology - Cataract, Cornea, Retina, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Occuloplasty, LASIK correction and also have a computer vision clinic and contact lens facility. A full-fledged optical shop, pharmacy and cafeteria provide the support service.

Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal, Tamil Nadu

In response to a serious need for healthcare services in Pammal, Sri Sankara Health Centre was established in December 1984 and started as an outpatient clinic. In 1997 this hospital was converted into an exclusive ophthalmic hospital to provide comprehensive high quality eye care especially to the rural poor in the districts of Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Chennai and Chittoor (AP). Community Ophthalmology became the first services of this hospital in 2003, this hospital built a ward on the second floor to accommodate camp patients and two modern operation theatres, one with four microscopes & eight tables and another with one microscope & two tables.

2006 saw the start of Medical Retinal services and this also marked the beginning of the hospital moving towards tertiary care apart from cataract and glaucoma. In June 2008, Eye Bank services were launched with facilities created for collection, storage and transplanting of cornea.

By 2010 the hospital had become a multispecialty eye care institution with the launching of Pediatric and Orbit Oculoplasty services. The range of services offered by the hospital extended across all sub-specialties and covered both medical and surgical services.

Sankara Eye Hospital (SEH), Shimoga, Karnataka

Sankara Eye Hospital inaugurated in Shimoga in October 2008 is the region’s largest independent eye hospital. The construction of the community wing has been sponsored by the Kewalram Chanrai family of Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai.

The 225 bed Sankara Eye Hospital, Shimoga is the region’s largest independent eye hospital. The community wing is called as Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Centre. The hospital is equipped with Low Vision Service, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Services, LASIK, Cataract Clinic etc.

Sankara Nethralaya Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Centre (SNJCOC), Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Sankara Nethralaya with financial support from the Kewalram Family of Jaslok Hospital Mumbai set up Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Centre (JCOC) in 1999. Established in 1999, JCOC, has provided free eye care services to a number of underprivileged people.

With five operation theatres and 75 beds, JCOC treats about 200-300 out patients every day and does comprehensive eye exam and treats all eye ailments apart from cataract 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 short term cataract Fellowship programme.

Sankara Rural Eye Hospital (SREH), Krishnankoil, Tamil Nadu

Dr. Vivekananda Raja established Sankara Rural Eye Hospital near the temple town of Srivilliputhur around 70 kms south of Madurai with support from his family and local donors.

This hospital managed by Dr. Vivekananda Raja became part of the Sankara Institution hospitals in 2004. Built in over 6.1 acres land, the hospital is a 225 bed capacity facility. At present the hospital employs 7 doctors including 3 full time Ophthalmologists, 3 Fellows in Ophthalmology and 1 from General Medicine in addition to 79 administrative, paramedic and support staff. The transition was facilitated by MFV with financial assistance from its trustees. With this expansion, the free bed capacity has been increased to 200.

Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH), Delhi


This is one of the largest eye hospitals in Delhi. The purpose of the hospital is to provide affordable eye care services to the population in and around Delhi including neighboring states. The hospital also undertakes training and research work.

The Institution owes its genesis to a one room clinic in the walled city of Delhi set up by Dr. S.P Shroff in 1914. Dr. Shroff had just returned from England after completing his FRCS and wanted to serve his impoverished countrymen. Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi is the only Eye & ENT Institute of North India with NABH Accreditation. In 2009, about 200,000 people availed its medical and surgical services. SCEH is making a difference by building knowledge and capacities. SCEH is involved in active research, consistent training and sharing of knowledge and skills. The consequent synergies propel them into breaking new frontiers in technology and services and help impact lives. The base hospital is located at Daryaganj, in the heart of Delhi city, in a heritage building which was constructed in 1926.

Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya (SSN), Guwahati, Assam

Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya had a very humble beginning and started functioning in a house donated by Mr. Dipankar Chatterjee. The institution was dedicated to the nation by the then Prime Minister of India, Late P. V. Narasimha Rao on 24th November, 1995.

The hospital has beds for patinets, an ICU facility and operation theatres where all types of eye surgeries are performed. Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya is a postgraduate teaching hospital, having primary eye clinics, modern well-equipped operation theatres, and an extensive out-patient department with a wide range of sub-specialty clinical and non-clinical support services. The institution provides consultations and treatment to patients from the entire North Eastern region and the adjoining states of India, as well as neighbouring countries.

Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya (SSSN), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Following an invitation from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, (TTD), Sankara Nethralaya and the TTD signed a Memorandum of Agreement on April 25, 2010 for providing ophthalmology services to the TTD employees, devotees and pilgrims at Tirupati. The TTD has set up a separate non-profitable Charitable Trust – Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya (SSSN) Trust, to establish an eye care centre on the 2nd floor of the TTD’s Central Hospital in Tirupati on September 21, 2009.

All patients will be treated for free with all expenses borne by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam through SSSN. Sankara Nethralaya, on its part provides the ophthalmologists and all para-medical and non-medical manpower. At present, the SSSN examines around 75 patients every day. This is expected to rise to about 100. About 20 cataract surgeries can be performed every day in the hospital operation theatre. Outreach camps are also conducted to bring patients to SSSN for surgery. The hospital performs more than 1500 cataract surgeries every year.

Synod Hospital, Durtlang, Mizoram

From its humble beginning of one doctor, one nurse and six beds in 1928, this hospital has progressed to 32 doctors, 13 of whom are specialists, 132 nursing staff and 320 beds. The growth has been keeping in pace with the needs of the people it serves. Alongside the hospital, there has been a continuous stream of good quality nurses passing out of the nursing hospital.

The hospital also has three outreach centers outside the hospital campus. It has all the modern equipment as would be expected of a secondary level health care delivery institution, including a licensed blood bank. It is also the only Barrier-Free hospital in the state.

Over and above the work in the hospital, a mobile clinic team regularly visits the interior villages throughout the length and breadth of the state, delivering health services to those unable to obtain treatment elsewhere.

Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital (TCEH), Nasik, Maharashtra

Tulsi Chanrai Eye Hospital started its journey in Nasik with its Rural Community Outreach program in 1994 at the rented premises of Ayurved Seva Sangha. With the increase in activities, they shifted to the new base hospital in 2002.

It has 22,500 square feet built-up area with a 135 bed capacity. The population coverage is of 2.5 million from seven revenue districts. The hospital has the following subspecialty departments – General Ophthalmology, Community Ophthalmology, Paediatric, Glaucoma, Vitreo-Retinal, Cornea, Low Vision, Contact Lens Clinic and an Eye Bank. Tulsi Eye Hospital performs more than 8000 free surgeries per annum to serve the rural poor and tribal population. It has so far done more than 155,000 eye surgeries through its community ophthalmic outreach programme.

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