What will you learn?

  • Screening protocols and ROP procedures
  • Handling of various digital cameras
  • Perform tele-screening for ROP on mannequin (model eye) and then on actual preterm babies
  • Capturing fundus photos on various cameras
  • Uploading images in software through internet connectivity
  • Learn about ROP stages & treatment
Target Group

General nurses working in an ophthalmology set up

Course Location
Batch Number 1
No of Seats
1 per month
Course In-Charge

Dr. V. Narendran, DO, DNB

Contact Details
Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641 014, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 422-4360-400
+(91) 422-2593-030
Eligibility Criteria
  • Any non-ophthalmologist (Optometrists, Nurses, etc) who has special interest in handling digital cameras for ROP tele-sereening.

With the survival of smaller premature babies, the incidence of ROP is on the rise. Due to lack of ophthalmologists with specialized training in examining the pediatric retina, the screening burden is ever increasing. Telescreening by non-ophthalmologists using digital imaging has become an important tool to fill this lacuna.

Many regional medical centers with large birthing centers around the world do not have trained staff to effectively screen these infants for ROP. Hence, there is an urgent need to start ROP telescreening programs using digital imaging in centers where this expertise is already available.

General Information

Where to stay?

Accommodation is available for selected male candidates on request at the Aravind Hostel and for the female candidates, at the hospital campus. Accommodation fee Rs.3000/per month.  Food and other expenses are extra

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.