What will you learn?

  • 1st week: Observing Phaco and performing SICS
  • 2nd week: Phacoemulsification surgery under supervision
  • 3rd & 4th week: Independent surgery and instructions on phaco machine maintenance by faculty from Aravind's Instrument Maintenance Department
Target Group

This course is open to all practicing ophthalmologists.

Course Location
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
2 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Madhu Shekar, MS
Contact Details
Aravind Eye Hospital 1, Anna Nagar, Madurai – 625 020, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 452-4356-100
+(91) 452-2530-984
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
2 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Shivakumar, MS
Contact Details
Swamy Nellaiappar High Road, Tirunelveli - 627 001, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 462-4356-100
+(91) 462-2331-633
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
2 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Kalpana Narendran, DO,DNB
Contact Details
Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641 014, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 422-4360-400
+(91) 422-2593-030
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
2 per month
Course In-Charge
Dr. Satish Kumar Muddana, MS
Contact Details
Cuddalore Main Road, Thavalakuppam, Pondicherry - 605 007
+(91) 413-2619-100
+(91) 413-2618-848
Eligibility Criteria
  • Qualified practising Ophthalmologist with MS / DO degree from recognized university with 3 years’ experience in IOL surgery.
  • Candidates from other developing countries are also eligible, subject to fulfilling the procedural formalities of Medical Council of India.
  • Candidates will need to apply in the prescribed application form and will be admitted after scrutinizing their credentials and certificates.
  • Aravind Eye Care System has trained thousands of ophthalmologists worldwide in IOL microsurgery by conventional ECCE and SICS techniques.
  • To keep pace with current and future trends Aravind is now conducting a short term training programme in phacoemulsification for practicing ophthalmologists.
  • The aim is to train candidates in phacoemulsification surgery as well as in the maintenance of phaco machines.

General Information

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.  Please see the brochure for Tariff 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.

Approval from Medical Council of India (MCI):

It is mandatory to obtain temporary medical license from MCI for all provisionally selected international ophthalmologists to undergo surgical training in India.  MCI approval process will be taken by the institute after getting necessary information and documents from the participants.  Final selection is subject to fulfilling the procedural formalities of MCI.  Please see www.mciindia.org to get detailed information or through course coordinator.

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.