While carrying out routine clinical activities, Aravind Eye Hospitals also prioritise awareness campaigns, Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions, and other initiatives that further enhance the overall quality of eye care services.

Notably, the 38th Eye Donation Fortnight was observed across all Aravind centres, with a particular focus on creating public awareness and dispelling misconceptions associated with eye donation. Several programmes, including the corneal retrieval campaign, awareness rallies, press meetings, and radio talks, were conducted, receiving widespread support from the public.

The expansion of the very first Aravind Eye Hospital occurred 47 years ago, and celebrating this milestone is a significant occasion for Aravind, serving as a reminder of Dr. V’s vision and mission.

The celebration of Freshers’ Day for newly recruited MLOPs is a notable event that fosters a sense of companionship among newcomers and their colleagues. Aravind constantly organises such programmes, which facilitate a healthy working environment.

This series features news on these events and much more.

Note: The events covered in this series took place between 15th August and 16th September.


Best Oral Presentation Award at the 17th edition of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight-India National Conference

Madhya Pradesh, 26-27 August

Revathy Kannadhasan,
Manager-Administration, Aravind-Chennai

Title: Acceptance of cataract surgery from the patients who have systemic conditions at a tertiary eye hospital

Aravind Events

Hospital Day Celebration

Aravind-Madurai, 16th September

Aravind-Madurai celebrated its Hospital Day in commemoration of 47 years of eye care service. Dr. R. Kim, Chief Medical Officer, provided a concise overview of the previous year’s highlights and Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System, delivered the key note address.

During the event, staff members were honoured with awards and certificates, recognising their outstanding contributions. The celebration featured cultural performances, including dance, yoga, and singing, with a standout solo performance by Dr. Varshith, Madurai. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by R. Meenakshi Sundaram, Senior Manager, Clinical Services, Aravind-Madurai.

Freshers’ Day

Aravind-Tirupati, 15th September

Freshers’ Day was organised to welcome the newly recruited MLOPs at Aravind Tirupati. The event showcased various cultural activities, including dance, singing, debates, and drama, allowing the trainees to display their talents. Notably, 15th September coincides with the hospital’s 5th anniversary, making it a fitting day to celebrate MLOPs and their contributions to the hospital. To express their gratitude, doctors and administrative staff left personalised messages on a large banner displayed in the hostel.

Inauguration of the City Centre

Aravind-Chennai, 11th September

The new city centre, covering a1500 sq. ft has been inaugurated in Mylapore, Chennai by Dr. G. Natchiar, Director Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System, and Dr. R.D. Ravindran. Dr. Sivaraman, Chairman of the Chennai Urology and Robotics Institute, Chennai, graced this momentous occasion as a special guest. This city centre now addresses the eye care needs of the people in and around Mylapore, reducing travel time to the base hospital. On the opening day alone, there were a total of 42 outpatient visits.

38th National Eye Donation Fortnight Programme 2023

25th August-8th September

Aravind Eye Hospitals commemorated the 38th National Eye Donation Fortnight by organising a series of activities centred on this year’s theme: “Dispel the common myths surrounding eye donation.” The objective was to raise public awareness about the significance of eye donation and to encourage individuals to pledge their eyes for donation. Aravind Eye Hospitals in all regions conducted a variety of events, either independently or in collaboration with various institutions. These activities included a blind walk programmes, awareness campaigns, rallies, debates, discussions, talks, orientations, and more. Notably, some of these events featured distinguished guests such as collectors and IAS officers, who offered their support and encouragement.


Freshers’ Day

Aravind-Dindigul, 5th September

Freshers’ Day was organised for the newly recruited MLOPs at Aravind-Dindigul. The programme had various cultural events including, dance, Karakattam, singing, debate, and drama, creating an opportunity for the trainees to showcase their talents.

CME on Unlocking the Mysteries of Cerebral Visual Impairment: The journey to Vision and Brain

Aravind-Madurai, 2nd September

The Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus and Vision Rehabilitation Centre, Aravind-Madurai conduct the CME programme under the direction of Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi, Senior Medical Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology Services, Aravind-Madurai and Seniors leadership team. The programme was organised with the goal of raising awareness about Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) and all its aspects, including, setting up a CVI clinic, the importance of rehabilitation strategies, the availability of facilities for children with CVI, and the impact of rehabilitation on the children and their parents.  Around 150 to 200 participants including, ophthalmologists, paediatricians, optometrists, and therapists attended the programme. Additionally, there was a pop-up quiz, ensuring better interaction with the delegates.

Team Building Session

Aravind-Salem, 1st September

A team building game event was organised by Aravind-Salem to motivate the MLOPs. Dharshini, senior RJ and good friend of Aravind-Salem, made the event enjoyable.

Webinar on “Patient Examination in Primary Health Care Centres”

Aravind-Madurai, 30 – 31, August 2023

Aurosiksha organised the second webinar for MLOPs from vision centres.
The webinar featured talks by distinguished speakers on various topics.

  • Rajathi K. Aravind, Vision Centre, Gandhigram on “Comprehensive Ocular Examination”
  • Ramkaran Tripathi, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalya, Chitrakoot on “Comprehensive refractive evaluation
  • Anitha, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli on “Examining for ocular surface diseases”
  • Vijayalakshmi, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai on “Screening for glaucoma”
  • Pranesh Balasubramaniam, Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK on “Recognising and managing ocular emergencies”
  • Birendra Pratap Singh, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi on “Examining children”
  • Prithvi Chandrakanth, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore on “Screening for retinal pathologies”
  • Subhra Sil, Vivekananda Mission Ashram Netra Niramay Niketan, Chaithanyapur on “Evaluation of headache and double vision”
  • Sitharamanjaneyalu Madhukuri (Anji), L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad on “Investigating sudden onset of defective vision

The webinar had 660 registrations and over 250 attendees joined the online programme.

Endovision 2023: 1st Mid Term Conference of All India Rhinology Society

Aravind-Madurai, August 25 – 27, 2023

The 1st Mid-Term Conference of the All India Rhinology Society (AIRS) held at the LAICO Auditorium, was jointly hosted by Aravind-Madurai and Harshini Hospital, Madurai. A multidisciplinary team was involved in this endeavour, and a distinguished group of speakers from various subspecialties across India participated as Guest Faculty.

During the inaugural ceremony, Dr. M.G. Rajiniganth, Organising Secretary, Endovision 2023, welcomed the attendees. Dr. Atul Jain, President, AIRS, delivered the presidential address, and Dr. A. Rathinavel, Dean of Madurai Medical College, delivered the inaugural address. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government, Health & Family Welfare Department, Chennai, felicitated the programme through video conference.

The scientific discussions covered various topics, including advancements in endoscopic orbital surgeries, cutting-edge techniques, technologies, and trends in the field. The conference also featured live surgical demonstrations, an engaging cadaveric dissection pre-conference workshop at Government Rajaji Hospital, and enlightening lectures with interactive sessions. A total of 162 participants attended the conference, including ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, postgraduates, and fellows from both specialties.

Freshers’ Day

Aravind-Kovilpatti, 18th August

Freshers’ Day for newly joined MLOPs was organised at Kovilpatti. The Chief Guest, Gengammal, Tamil Teacher, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kovilpatti delivered an inspiring speech. Various cultural events, including Bharatanatyam, Karagattam, folk dance, and Tamil songs, were performed by the trainees.  Dr. R. Ram Sudharsan, Medical Consultant, Aravind – Tirunelveli and Dr. B. Harini Krishna, Medical Consultant, Aravind – Kovilpatti were present at the occasion.

NABH Certification

Aravind – Tirupati, 10th August

Aravind-Tirupati has achieved National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) certification, demonstrating compliance with the standards outlined under the Eye Care Organisation Certification Programme. The accreditation certificate remains valid until August 2026.


NIO Pune EYECON 2023 – Retina Conclave

Pune, 9-10 September

Aurolab team participated in the EYECON 2023 conference organised by The National Institute of Ophthalmology, Pune. Aurolab showcased a wide range of their products, thereby enhancing its brand visibility.

Vision 2020

Madhya Pradesh, 26-27 August 2023

Aurolab team participated in the National Conference of Vision 2020, showcasing their products and got its stall with more brand visibility.


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Patient Statistics – August 2023

Hospital Out-patient visits
Paying (New & Review)  263,994  59,386  31,143  9,224  36,525  28,035  5,389  9,038  12,709  5,384  5,019  4,776  38,818  15,368  3,180
Free: Direct walk-in (New & Review)  102,574  23,835  8,252  2,903  12,786  11,474  2,263  1,720  5,153  1,655  2,110  11,611  17,578  1,234
Outreach Out-patients
Comprehensive Eye Camps  36,310  9,982  2,382  1,233  8,898  5,888  480  1,422  355 246  3,255  2,169  –
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps  2,050  689  441  409  308  203
Glaucoma Camps  –  –  –  –  –  –
Refraction Camp  4,945  333  1,968  472  957  631  276  308
Mobile Refraction Unit  1,069  –  1,069
School Screening  10,073  – 478  922 6,108 2,318  133  114
Paediatric Eye screening camps 1,275  320 955
RoP Screening 1,960  390  339  212  848 79  225 46
Vision Centres  87,328  28,227  14,955  6,472  7,795  17,412  2,078  4,957  2,370  3,062
Community / City Centres 17,856  9,641  3,005  2,476  2,734
Total OP Examinations 529,613 132,483 62,522 24,355 74,646 69,834 10,486 10,758 25,821 7,394 9,745 4,776 57,104 35,275 4,414
Total number of camps  178 40 20 8 38 24  2 8 4 3 17 14
Cataract  40,839  10,375  3,513  1,054  6,058  5,745  539  579  2,438  593  882  216  4,350  4,160 337
*Other Surgeries  23,563  6,626  2,930  518  4,586  2,938  80  118 680  82 78  132  3,102  1,648  45
Total Surgeries  64,402  17,001  6,443  1,572  10,644  8,683  619  697  3,118  675  960  348  7,452  5,808 382
*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures.


Enrolments for September 2023

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Long Term Fellowship Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Theni 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Cornea Madurai 2
Tirunelveli 1
Chennai 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Retina and Vitreous Chennai 2
Fellowship in Glaucoma Chennai 2
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Paediatric ophthalmology & Strabismus Chennai 1
Coimbatore 2
Short Term Training Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Phacoemulsification Tirunelveli 2
Pondicherry 1
Coimbatore 2
Neuro Ophthalmology Madurai 1
Coimbatore 1
Tirunelveli 1
Small Incision Cataract Surgery Madurai 1
Tirunelveli 1
Coimbatore 1
Short Term Training Program – For Paramedicals
Refraction Techniques Madurai 5
Eye Bank Courses
Training in Eye Bank Techniques  Madurai 2