Department of Ophthalmology

Department of Ophthalmology of Shri Satya Sai Medical College and Research Institute was started in the Year 2008.Our Department aims at providing Quality care in field of Ophthalmology especially for the people of low economic group in and around the rural areas at a very affordable cost to the patient with best quality of vision to the patients.

Our Department started Post Graduate MS Degree with intake of One student per year from 2016 onwards. Also we have B.Sc (Optometry) course started in the year 2015

The department of ophthalmology is robust and enthusiastic and excels in teaching, research and surgical service. With a dedicated set of faculty, post graduates and Optometry students, the department offers a wide range of clinical specialities, takes part in outreach programmes and provides the state of the art surgical management for cataracts with premium IOL implantation on par with the top corporate hospitals in the state.

The following speciality clinics are operative

1) – Neuro-ophthalmology clinic: conducted every Wednesday
2) – Glaucoma Clinic: every Thursday
3)- Retina Clinic: every Friday
4)- Strabismus clinic: every Saturday

In addition to routine refraction, the optometry students are well versed in conducting a thorough orthoptic work up.

The Best practices of the department involves training the optometry intern students to assist in cataract and phacoemulsification procedures, and secondly to make available to the rural population premium foldable intraocular lenses at a very affordable and subsidised cost.

The faculty have a keen interest in research and have published and presented in indexed journal and international conferences, respectively.

The Academic activities of the department are highly beneficial to the post graduates and many of the students aided by the faculty have presented papers in state and national level conferences and won accolades for the same

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Prof Venkatesh Sugantharaj MS,DnB,FICO,FRCS ( Glasgow)

Profile Summary:

Having finished his undergraduation from the presitigious MMC ( madras medical college) and his Post graduation of Masters in ophthalmology from the reputed JJ Hospital (Grant medical college), Prof Venkatesh Sugantharaj has 17 years of teaching experience. 

He has presented many scientific papers at the national and internation Scientific for a and has received several awards. The CP gupta best paper award at the TNOA meet in 2002 and the Best paper of Session award at Malaysia at the APACRS conference

He is a excellent surgeon and has performed ‘LIVE SURGERIES’ in many ophthalmic conferences llike the TNOA conference and the BOA ( Bombay ophthalmic associaton) conference. 

He has 6 publications and 4 copyright awards.

CV link Google drive https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e33lqL0bXSmqqle-DZYpnKwhRbB3J4Q6/view?usp=sharing

google scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0NtMGasAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao


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Profile Summary:

Graduated MBBS from KVG medical college and Hospital, Sullia in 2013 and post graduated from Shri Sathya Sai medical college and research institute in 2019. Worked as consultant in premiere eye hospitals like Vasan Eye Care and joined at Shri Satya Sai Medical College as senior resident in 2020 and now working as Assistant Professor from 2021.

Publications:Google scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=XkQ023oAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao      

Biodata link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W76OqxEawI8Fx5VC8sHBFQ5DojIJGyg3/view?usp=sharing   





Dept of Ophthalmology – Facilities

The Department of Ophthalmology has facilities for patient care, academics , research & extension activities.

Out patient complex

The outpatient department is housed in the first floor of the hospital building occupying a segment of an entire wing is equipped with adequate number of consultation rooms, refraction rooms, minor OT cum procedure room, class rooms & library. The consultation chambers are well equipped with slitlamp biomicroscope, applanation tonometer and diagnostic lenses, Snellens drums & other equipments. The refraction rooms are equipped with Autorefractometer with Keratometer, refraction sets.

The dept also has a state of the art Octopus 600 Perimeter that enables us to perform perimetry even under bright lighting conditions. There is an Nd:YAG LASERmachine for performing capsulotomy & Peripheral iridotomy along with the necessary Abraham lenses. Other diagnostic equipments include A scan biometry for cataract workup & Synatophore and Prism bars for Orthoptic work up and administering orthoptic exercises.We have well trained optometrist and optometry interns with high knowledge and experience in Orthoptic workup and training.

Minor OT complex of OPD

Helps us to perform diagnostic as well as curative minor surgical procedures.

Undergraduate & Post graduate training

For academic purposes the dept also has well equipped demo rooms & well stocked library with the required list of textbooks & journals.

Wet lab with operating microscope is available for post graduate training.


There are 30 beds distributed between separate male & female wards. Special wards are available for patients seeking them.

Ophthalmic OT

There is a dedicated Ophthalmic OT housed in the second floor OT complex with two operating tables, operating microscope & high end phacoemulsification machine with inbuilt vitrectomy unit (Zeiss Visulas 100).

Camp facilities

Dedicated eye camps are done twice a week & patients from surrounding villages & remote areas are brought to the hospital for surgeries & dropped back in the hospital vehicle. Under DBCS scheme cataract surgeries are done free of cost for camp patients.

Clinical Activities

a) Our department is conducting DBCS camp twice a week and patients are offered free cataract surgeries and providing the best quality of vision to the patients

b) We conduct eye donation fortnight every year on August 4th week and September 1st week and motivate patients for eye donation. UG Students are encouraged to present posters and eye donations pledge forms are given to create awareness and motivate patients for eyedonations

c) Our Department encourages Faculties and also Postgraduates in presenting papers,case presentations and newer innovations in ophthalmology in Regional ,State Level and National Level conferences. Our faculty have won awards and recognition in these conferences

d) Weekly we conduct surgical audits to analyze the problems faced by the consultants/PGs in their surgical cases and rectifying the problems /Modifying the steps in the next surgeries

Academic Activities

a) We conduct clinical and theory classes for Undergraduates in 6th and 7th semester. Outstanding students are encouraged to participate in various Inter-College quiz and poster competitions .

b) We have whatsapp group for UGs which is innovation of our department in discussing and clearing doubts related to subject after class hours

c) New practices in surgeries has been introduced which has been patented and copy righted and sent for publications

Teaching and learning programs

a) Postgraduates teaching activities are carried out regularly in the form of Journal clubs, Seminars and Case presentation almost on all days and assessment and feedbacks are collected for each of the presentations.

b) PGs are given surgical training in all surgeries under direct supervision of consultants and HOD for camp patients and PGs are allowed to observe cases done by the consultants by microscope side scopes

c) New innovations in cataract surgeries with no injection ,no patch and no sutures surgery where the patient is operated upon with drops and discharged on the same day

d) Consultants takes special lectures /seminars for both UG and PG students on recent advance and specific complicated topics

Dept of Ophthalmology – Services

Outpatient services

  • Consultation including Refraction and fundus evaluation
  • Orthoptic evaluation
  • Glaucoma evaluation including IOP measurement, gonioscopy & disc evaluation
  • Diabetic retinopathy screening
  • Hypertensive retinopathy screening
  • Pediatric ophthalmic screening
  • Sqinut work up & evaluation

Minor procedures

  • Nd:YAG Laser iridotomy & capsulotomy
  • Corneal Foreign body removal
  • Corneal debridement
  • Incision & Curettage, Incision & drainage
  • Suture removal
  • Lacrimal syringing for epiphora & cataract workup

Major Surgeries offered:

  • Cataract Surgery under phacoemulsification with premium IOLs(Day care packages included) and Manual Small Incision Cataract surgery(MSICS)
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Dacryocystectomy and Dacrocystorhinostomy
  • Ptergium surgery with autograft (sutureless)
  • Squint surgeries
  • Oculoplatic surgeries
  • Excision biopsy for lid & conjunctival mass lesions

Eyeball retrieval:

We function as an eyeball retrieval centre in tie up with Sankara Netralaya.

Programs Offered

  • MS Ophathalmology
  • MBBS
  • BSc Optometry


Research Focus

Aiming for publications based on newer innovations in surgeries particularly cataract and other anterior segment surgeries. We have 2 new research article which in the process of copyrights and patent.

Total Publications in journals

National/State Journals -9
International Journals-3 Total 12

No of publication in Databases

Scopus-1 Copernicus-6

No of ongoing research projects-4
Future Research plans proposed
Focusing researches and publications in specialized fields like
Retina ,squint ,orbit and oculoplasty