As always, March is a busy month at Aravind Eye Hospitals. Number of patients visiting the hospital has seen a steady increase once the locks down restrictions were relaxed. Aravind Eye Hospitals function with all the necessary precautionary measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Aravind strengthened its primary eye care delivery network with the opening of five more vision centres. Three of these centres were opened as part of the Orange initiative by Rotary International District 3232.

With a generous support from SEVA-Canada, Aravind-Chennai opened a training hub for allied ophthalmic personnel. The centre is intended to create an atmosphere for learning for MLOPs and optometrists focusing on skill and knowledge.


Aravind Eye Hospital Bestowed with the FICCI Healthcare Award

Madurai, March 20

Aravind Eye Hospital was awarded the FICCI Healthcare Quality Award for Beacon of Excellence with affordable healthcare at the 13th TANCARE Conference held on March 20, 2021 at Madurai. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System received the award.

Health Ambassador Recognition

Ms. E. Sakthi, Co-ordinator, Welfare and Development and, Ms. S. Swetha, HR Manager, Aurolab were recognized as Health Ambassadors by Dr.Reddy’s Foundation for Health Education. The recognition came in recognition of their role in championing the foundation’s Awareness for Life Initiative at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai and Aurolab.

Aravind Events

Inauguration of iLearn Training Hub

Aravind-Chennai, February 26

Dr. G Natchiar, Director Emeritus-HR, AECS inaugurated the iLearn Training Hub. Supported by a grant from SEVA, Canada, the iLearn Training Hub is intended to create an atmosphere for learning for MLOPs and optometrists focusing on skill and knowledge. This training hub has both classrooms and skill labs for all departments of ophthalmic nursing and allied departments such as refraction, outpatient, ward, counselling, medical record, instrument maintenance, stores and housekeeping. The skill lab displays the mission and key performance indicators of individual department, instruments and equipment, and posters relevant to learning the skills in each of these areas. Equipment available include keratometer, autorefractometer, lensometer, trial set, digital vision chart, Bjerrum’s screen and slit lamps. The lab also has equipment used to monitor systemic health conditions such as BP machines, pulse oximeter, crash cart, ECG machine and mannequin to practise cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

New Vision Centres

Aravind-Coimbatore, March 5

87th Vision Centre of Aravind Eye Care System and the 13th centre for Aravind-Coimbatore was inaugurated at Sulur by Lion VP Kandasamy and PMJF R N Karunanithi.  Various Community leaders graced the occasion with their presence.

Aravind-Madurai, March 8

Aravind’s 88th Vision Centre was inaugurated at Chathirapatti by Dr. Banushree, Physician, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. A total of 58 patients were examined on the inaugural day.

Aravind-Pondicherry, March 17

Aravind-Pondicherry opened a new vision centre at Sethiyathoppu. This is the 89th vision centre by Aravind Eye Care System and the 14thby Aravind-Pondicherry.

The centre was established with support from the Rotary International District 3232 as part of its initiative titled Orange. The main objective of this initiative is to ensure Avoidable Blindness Free Society in India. The centre was inaugurated in the presence of  Rtn. S. Muthupazhaniyappan, Governor, Rotary District – 3232, Mr. Rtn. Ganesh Subbaiah and Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry. On the inaugural day, the centre, handled 113 outpatients. 41 patients were advised cataract surgery and patients needing speciality care were referred to the base hospital.

Aravind-Chennai, March 19

Aravind-Chennai opened its first two vision centres at Manali and Ennore. These two vision centres are also part of the Orange initiative by the Rotary International District 3232.The centres were inaugurated in the presence of  Rtn. S. Muthupazhaniyappan, Governor, Rotary District – 3232, Mr. Rtn. Ganesh Subbaiah, Mr. M. Nachiappan, Dr. S. Aravind and Dr. Haripriya Aravind. On the inaugural day, Manali centre screened 24 patients. 35 patients were screened at Ennore vision centre.


Eyexcel 2.0: Effective Presentation Skills

March 5

As part of Eyexcel 2.0, webinar on effective presentation skills was organised for trainers of allied ophthalmic personnel. Over 100 participants attended the live session.


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Patient Monthly Statistics

February- 2021

Paying (New & Review) 48,367 27,352 7,448 27,013 26,186 4,542 6,857 11,418 5,057 4,113 3,490 24,549 11,312 2,467 210,171
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 17,239 6,480 2,307 10,703 10,132 1,610 3,077 920 1,605 7,913 2,619 416 65,021
Comprehensive Eye Camps 11,067 2,349 975 732 4,988 285 374 550 413 1,661 369 23,763
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps 402 265 285 100 1,052
Refraction Camps 809 961 281 180 484 144 2,859
Mobile Refraction Unit 685 685
School Screening Camp 86 685
RoP Screening 154 107 116 547 19 80 3 1,026
Vision Centres 21,392 12,216 5,111 4,603 9,470 1,288 1,295 1,356 56,731
Community / City Centres 8,795 2,301 2,022 2,494 15,612
Total OP Examinations 108,225 52,031 18,260 44,834 53,873 7,725 6,857 16,164 6,671 7,487 3,490 34,203 14,303 2,883 377,006
Total number of camps 41 17 7 6 10 3 5 5 8 2 105
Cataract 9,417 3,576 992 3,679 4,770 604 473 1,245 461 812 202 3,108 1,509 324 31,172
*Other Surgeries 5,088 2,108 263 3,052 2,404 69 170 454 244 123 81 1,649 667 55 16,427
Total Surgeries 14,505 5,684 1,255 6,731 7,174 673 643 1,699 705 935 283 4,757 2,176 379 47,599

*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures


Enrolments for February 2021

February – 2021

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery Tirunelveli 1
Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology Theni 1
Salem 1
Fellowship in Cornea Tirunelveli 1
Coimbatore 2
Fellowship in Glaucoma Coimbatore 1
Tirunelveli 2
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty Madurai 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Retina Vitreous Madurai 3
Chennai 1
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology Madurai 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Madurai 2
Coimbatore 1
Salem 1
Phacoemulsification Madurai 1
Online Course on Ophthalmic Instruments Maintenance LAICO 14