Dear Colleague,

“Phacoexcel,” the flagship CME programme by Aravind Eye Care System, offering an immersive learning experience designed to enhance skills in the field of phacoemulsification. This workshop is tailored for ophthalmic surgeons, residents, and professionals seeking to master the art of phaco surgery, a cornerstone of modern cataract surgery. Phacoexcel 2024 marks the 6th edition of the CME and is being conducted in Madurai.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of phacoemulsification through a combination of lecture sessions, a workshop on secondary IOLs and simulation-based hands-on practice, and interactive discussions. Our expert faculty, comprised of seasoned ophthalmic surgeons, will share their knowledge, tips, and best practices, guiding you on the journey to becoming a proficient phacoemulsification surgeon.

The Phacoexcel Workshop is not just about acquiring skills; it’s about fostering a community of excellence in ophthalmic surgery. We are confident that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for propelling your phacoemulsification expertise to new heights.

Thank you for joining us on this educational journey.

Dr. Madhu Shekhar
Organising Secretary
Phacoexcel 2024

International Faculty

Dr. Steve Arshinoff
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences,
University of Toronto,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

National Faculty

Dr. Arup Chakrabarti
Founder – Chakrabarti Eye Care Centre
Ulloor, Thiruvananthapuram

Dr. Jeevan Titiyal
Professor and head,
Department of cornea and refractive surgery,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Dr. Mathew Kurian
Medical Superintendent,
Senior Consultant and Head,
Cataract & Refractive Services,
Chaithanya Eye Hospital & Research Institute, Kerala

Dr. Manas Kumar Ghosh
Senior consultant,
Cataract, glaucoma and paediatric cataract clinic,
Disha eye hospital,
West bengal

Dr. Sudeep Das
Medical Director,
Sankara eye hospital,
Samarjhola, Odisha

Dr. Naren Shetty
Head, Department of Cataract and Refractive Lens Services,
Narayana Nethralaya,

Dr. Anand Parthasarathy
Medical Director and Chief Surgeon
Centre for Vision and Eye Surgery, Chennai

Dr. Chetan Ahiwalay
Senior Instructor & Subject Matter Expert
HelpMeSee STCC and OIDC Instructor, Mumbai, India

Dr. Chitra Ramamurthy,
Medical Director,
The Eye Foundation group of eye hospital

Aravind Faculty

Dr. R.D. Ravindran
Director-Quality, Aravind Eye Care System

Dr. Haripriya Aravind
Chief, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Chennai

Dr. Madhu Shekhar
Chief, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Madurai

Dr. Naresh Babu
Chief, Retina Vitreous Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Madurai

Dr. Kalpana Narendran
Chief, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services
Chief, Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Coimbatore

Dr. R. Venkatesh
Chief Medical Officer
Chief, Glaucoma Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Pondicherry

Dr. Shivkumar Chandrashekharan
Chief, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Tirunelveli

Dr. R. Sharmila
Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Services
Aravind Eye Hospital – Madurai

Dr. Ashok Vardhan
Chief medical officer
Sri Venkateswara Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirupati

Dr. V.R. Vivekanandan
Chief – Cataract services
Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry

Dr. Aruna Pai
Senior Medical Consultant
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai

Dr. Sankaranandhan
Senior Medical Consultant
Aravind Eye hospital, Salem

Dr. S. Lalitha Prajna
Microbiologist, General Ophthalmology Services
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai

Lectures and Discussions:

  • Engage in insightful lectures covering the fundamentals of phacoemulsification, pre-operative workup, complication management, the latest advancements in phaco technology and protocols for sterilisation and safety.


  • Witness and learn from surgical videos of experienced surgeons, showcasing the panorama of cataract surgery, highlighting key techniques and nuances in the video assisted skill transfer session.

Q&A Sessions:

  • Pose your questions, share your experiences, and benefit from the collective knowledge of the workshop participants and faculty.

Dive into captivating sessions including,

  • Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery
  • Drop-free cataract surgery\
  • EDOF IOLs – Are they the way forward?
  • Mix and match of premium IOLs
  • Post-operative troubleshooting in toric IOLs
  • Flanged iridodialysis repair
  • IOL placement in compromised capsular bag
  • PhacoSIT – Face to face phacoemulsification
  • Approach to unhappy 6/6 patients
    and more enthralling sessions on both fundamental and advanced aspects of cataract surgery.

Hands-on Training:

Pre-conference workshop to train amateur surgeons on the art of secondary IOLs and simulation-based phacoemulsification. Our dedicated practice sessions will allow you to refine your skills under the guidance of our expert mentors.

Registration Information

Phacoexcel 2024 Conference (10-11 February, 2024)
Delegate / Postgraduate / Fellow: Rs.1500/-

Pre-Conference Workshop (February 9, 2024)
Delegate / Postgraduate / Fellow: Rs.1000/-

  • The registration fee includes CME participation, TNMC credit hours, and 18% GST
  • The applicant can also register for a pre-conference workshop with an additional fee structure.
  • Delegates who are interested in registering for the pre-conference workshop should do it along with the conference registration
  • While registering for pre-conference workshop registration, it is mandatory to choose either one of the options provided (secondary IOLs or simulation-based training in phacoemulsfication)
  • For pre conference workshop, only 20 slots are available in each category (Secondary IOLs and simulation based training in phacoemulsification)
  • Delegates can’t avail registration exclusively for preconference workshop
  • Registration fee is non-refundable
Dr. Madhu Shekhar
Organising Secretary

Note :

  • The participants are requested to directly contact the hotels for accommodation bookings.
  • Room tariffs are subject to change at the discretion of each individual hotel.
  • Taxes are applicable to the room tariffs.
S.No Name Contact Number Amount in INR
(Code : 0452) A/C Non – A/C Suite Room
Single Double Single Double
1 Annapoorna Towers * 4514436 1,100                 1,400 900 NA
2 Rajeswari * 2528882 1,027                 1,473 625 848 NA
3 Germanus ** 4356999 4,200                 4,500 NA NA 7500
4 Courtyard *** 4244555 NA                 8,999 NA NA 14,499
5 Heritage ** 2385455  8,000                 8,500 NA NA                     8,500
6 JC Residency *** 4200399 3,300 3,800 NA NA 8,400
7 Metropole *** 4222222 NA                 2,060 NA NA                     3,800
8 North Gate *** 2523030 NA                 2,688 NA NA                     3,920
9 Rio Grand Residency *** 7708006893 2,000                 2,300 NA NA NA

*      Close to the venue (walkable distance)
**    More than 5 km from the conference venue
***  Within 5 km of the conference venue

Registration Information

Phacoexcel 2024 Conference (February 10-11, 2024)

Delegate / Postgraduate / Fellow: Rs.1500/-

Pre-Conference Workshop (February 9, 2024)

Delegate / Postgraduate / Fellow: Rs.1000/-