Children’s Eye Care Services (Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus services) at Aravind Eye Hospitals provide comprehensive services to children aged below 16 years, and is well recognized as one of the best services, both nationally and internationally.

Aravind centres at Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Pondicherry and Chennai offer this service.

Children’s Eye Care Clinics at Aravind are well-equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities for examining and treating children. The most common childhood eye diseases treated are Refractive Errors, Squint, Amblyopia, Childhood Cataract, Genetic Eye Diseases and Congenital Glaucoma. In association with the Retina Clinic, it conducts screening and offers treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). In collaboration with the Vision Rehabilitation Centre, the clinic makes all efforts to enhance the residual vision in children with visual impairment by providing either optical or non-optical Low Vision Aids (LVA). Children suspected/ found with disorders related to Cornea, Retina, Uvea, Orbit & Glaucoma are referred to the respective specialty clinics at the hospital.

Routinely performed procedures include:

  • Surgical correction of Cataract as early as 3 months of age under General Anaesthesia (GA)
  • Surgical correction of all types of Strabismus under Anaesthesia appropriate for age (General/ Local)
  • Examination under Anaesthesia: For children who need detailed evaluation (where cooperation is a concern) and for whom various specialty opinions are required at the same time.
  • Electroretinography (ERG) under short GA in retinal dystrophies
  • Surgery for Nystagmus
ARAVIND – PONDICHERRY
Chief
Medical Consultants
Dr. Kirandeep Kaur, DNB
ARAVIND – CHENNAI
Medical Consultants
Dr. Saranya S., DNB
ARAVIND – TIRUPATI
Medical Consultants
Dr. Mahima Bankar, MS

The clinic has conducted several research projects, including the first screening of children (0-6 yrs) enrolled in the ICDS to identify common ocular problems and a hospital-based study to determine the etiology of Congenital Cataract, population based cross sectional study to estimate the prevalence of ocular morbidity among children of rural South India, population based surveillance for Congenital Rubella Syndrome in South Indian children in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) etc. The clinic is also actively involved in basic research which includes,

  • Analysis of the characteristics and etiological factors of headache among various age group of paediatric patients presenting to tertiary eye care centre
  • Evaluation of etiology in children presenting with cataract to 4 tertiary eye hospitals in south India
  • Heritability and clinical profile of myopia in children in a tertiary care hospital: A cross sectional study
  • Correlation between handedness and ocular dominance in strabismic amblyopia
  • Long term outcomes of Ectopialentis managed with Cionni CTR placement in paediatric patients
  • Atropine 0.01% dose for the treatment of progressive myopia
  • RoP Long term followup study
  • Assessment of reading visual acuity in patients with nystagmus
  • Translational genomics of paediatric eye diseases
  • Management of Nystagmus
  • Referral uptake and outcome in children referred to tertiary care centre from school screening camps
  • Comparison of refractive measurement with E-see autorefractometer & standards cycloplegic retinoscopy
  • Normative data for functional vision assessment in typically developing children
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa in children; epidemiological characteristics and ERG changes: a population based study in south India
  • Etiology of paediatric cataract
  • Ocular motility evaluation in patients undergoing Aurolab AADI implantation
  • Utility of +1.5D test at screen level
  • Residual vision impairment among students from school for the blind
  • Yoke prism trial

Major Publications

Aravind’s Paediatric Ophthalmology Clinic started the structured fellowship training in Paediatric Ophthalmology in the year 1990. It gives comprehensive training in all the fields necessary to practice Paediatric Ophthalmology and is a well demanded subspecialty fellowship programme.

Long Term Ophthalmology Fellowship

Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Available at Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Pondicherry

Short Term Clinical Courses

Orientation to Paediatric Ocular Anaesthesia for Anaesthetist  – Available at Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai

Training for Orthoptist Available at Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai