What will you learn?
- Screening protocols and procedures
- How to set up ROP services in their own area?
- How to make appropriate decisions for treatment, screening and follow-up schedules?
- To perform laser treatment for ROP (if the candidate has experience in treating adults with retinal lasers)
- The candidate will also be exposed to management of other paediatric retinal disorders like Retinoblastoma, Persistent Fetal Vasculature, Coat's disease, etc.
The course is open to all ophthalmologists and postgraduates.
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore
- Any ophthalmologist who has special interest in management of ROP and Pediatric Retinal Disorders.
- Candidates from other developing countries are also eligible.
- The candidates should apply in the prescribed application form and will be admitted after scrutinizing their credentials and certificates.
- With the survival of smaller premature babies, the incidence of ROP is on the rise in India. ROP Screening is difficult and requires doctors with specialized training in examining the paediatric retina. Indirect ophthalmoscopy is difficult to use in infants and has a long learning curve. It may take several weeks of training to accurately screen for ROP.
- Many regional medical centres with large birthing centres around the world do not have trained staff to effectively screen these infants for ROP. So, there is an urgent need to start ROP training programs in centres where this expertise is already available.
All Aravind Training Centers (Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Chennai, Theni, Salem & Pondicherry) are well equipped with wet labs, tele-ophthalmology network, class rooms and teaching facility, audio visual facility, and library and resource center. The institution provides various on-line resources accessible to both national and international trainees.
Where to stay?
Accommodation and Food:
Inspiration – Aravind international trainee’s hostel is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital campus. Visit the website for more details.
Accommodation facilities with catering services are available within the campus at all Aravind centres. Types of facilities differ with each centre. Please contact the training coordinator for more information.
How to pay?
Course fee covers tuition fee and teaching materials. National candidates can pay online on receipt of invoice along with the confirmation / appointment letter. International candidates can pay through wire transfer; the account details along with the payment procedure will be emailed to you by the course coordinator on confirmation of your admission.
Campus life at Aravind:
We recommend that all trainees take a look at Vanakkam – as guidebook to Southern India and Aravind. As you prepare for your travel to India and to the Aravind destinations, ‘Vanakkam’ will provide you with detailed information on what to expect when you arrive. This includes travel arrangements, dress code, living conditions, local weather and local food, as well as information on sightseeing and restaurants in the cities where the Aravind facilities are located.
For International Candidates:
A Visa is necessary to travel to India. As your visit to India is for undergoing training, you must obtain student /entry / internship visa (based on the duration of your training). It is advisable to get visa for the entire training period even before arriving in India. Extension of visa while undergoing training is not possible. Tourist visa is strictly prohibited.
On arrival at Aravind:
The FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) registration formalities will be done as per the instructions given on your visa page. For registration purpose, the participant should have their four passport size colour photographs (4×4 cm with white background, ears distinctly visible without spectacles and cap). If required, documents should be presented to the local police commissioner office in person. Please refer registration guidelines for more details.