Institute of Ophthalmology

 Joseph Eye Hospital Ophthalmology


The ratio of eye specialists available in India to the target population is itself an empathetic declaration of the crying need to have more trained personnel. With abundance of clinical material, competent faculty, adequate infrastructure, bed strength of 450, qualified staff, state-of-art equipment and teaching facilities, the Institute of Ophthalmology has been producing highly trained competent eye care personnel since 1978.

Since then, the hospital has been training batches of Post Graduates in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Technicians, Ophthalmic Nurses, Camp Organizers and field workers.


India has the one third of world's blind and the highest rate of blindness due to malnutrition, less awareness, injuries and infections. The irony is a high percentage of this blindness could have been prevented or cured by appropriate intervention. However prevention of blindness very much suffers from availability of specialized personnel.

The inappropriateness of our health care delivery system has widened the gap between demand and supply of health care services. Healthcare is focused towards urban whereas three quarter of our population concentrated in villages. The adaptation of specialist education to meet the challenges of rural health has become an emphasis and a major need.

The main objective of this Institute is to impart education of the highest standard in the art and science of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery in a holistic approach to equip the persons involved with the spirit of service in curing blindness and promoting the eye health in full recognition of the moral and spiritual basis of life, in relation to eye health.

The training that is offered in the Institute is so designed, that when the candidates graduate, they are able to provide total medical and surgical eye care independently, either in a rural area or in our urban Institution. They are enhanced to evolve strategies for outreach programme to implement community eye health care to prevent blindness among infants and adults in addition to restructuring the life-styles of the incurable blind.


  1. Affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University as a Postgraduate Teaching centre for Diploma in ophthalmology and M.S. Degree in Ophthalmology.
  2. Recognized by the Medical Council of India for senior house Surgeon in Ophthalmology, Diploma in Ophthalmology and M.S. in Ophthalmology.

Courses and Calendar for Admission

Course Duration Commences at

  1. MS in Ophthalmology 3 years after M.B.B.S and 2 years after D.O. April
  2. Diploma in Ophthalmology 2 years April
  3. Surgical training in small incision surgery and Phaco emulsification 1 month Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov
  4. Fellowship in cornea 2 months Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov
  5. Fellowship in Medical Retina and lasers 2 months Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov
  6. Fellowship in Glaucoma 2 months Jan, Mar, May, Jul,Sep,Nov


M.S. in Ophthalmology and Diploma in Ophthalmology

M.B.B.S., Degree or Diploma in Ophthalmology of Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University or of any other University recognized as equivalent by the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and the Indian Medical Council. Should have obtained full registration with the Indian Medical Council.

Fellowship in Cornea/ Medical Retina and lasers, Glaucoma

Postgraduation degree / diploma in Ophthalmology


Resource Centre

A good library with Medical and Ophthalmic text books & reference books, and literature supplemented by Medical Journals, Foreign and Indian, with special emphasis in ophthalmology are available for the students. Museum with specimens that would aid their study has also been created. Audio-visual aids that fit into modern teaching methods are also provided.

Promotional Activities

Students are encouraged to participate in daily clinical meeting, weekly journal club meeting and periodical symposiums. The monthly meeting of the Tiruchy Ophthalmological Society being held in this Institute provides a unique opportunity for the candidates to gain immeasurable knowledge on the specialty through exchange of thoughts with a gathering of experienced specialists in Ophthalmology.


Hosting of outstanding visiting surgeons from abroad and India by the Institute on specific assignments, enables the candidates to meet these experts and share their expertise. The International Center for Community Eye Health would give the candidates an opportunity to learn the changing trends in eye health.

Internet centre

This institute has provided net browsing facilities to the students through the high speed DSL facility.


The Institute provides furnished accommodation for students inside the Hospital campus. Separate accommodation is available for optometry students.


  1. MS Degree in Ophthalmology
  2. Diploma in Ophthalmology
  3. Diplomate of the National Board

Application Form and Prospectus can be obtained from the Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, on request through post or in person by payment of Rs.1000/-, through a crossed Demand Draft drawn in favour of "Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli".

The application form, duly filled in should be submitted along with the required documents and a Demand Draft for Rs.600/- towards non-refundable registration fee drawn in favour of "Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli".

No correspondence regarding Selection and Admission will be entertained. The decision of the Selection Committee is Final.

The completed application form with all the enclosures should reach "The Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli-620 001", on or before the prescribed date.

Note: The period of training is strictly full time and continuous. Private practice in any form during the pendency of the course is strictly prohibited.

  1. For Certificate Course in Ophthalmic Technology and Bachelor in Optometry course
  2. Application form duly filled in should be forwarded to the "Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli-620 001" on or before the prescribed date.
  3. Candidates should have passed PUC or XII Standard or its equivalent examination with Science Subjects as electives preferably.

c)For Fellowship in Anterior segment and in-service surgical training course in small incision cataract surgery and Phaco emulsification, application should be forwarded to The Registrar, Institute of Ophthalmology, Joseph Eye Hospital, Tiruchirapalli on or before the prescribed date.

For further information contact

Dr. Sukanya,
Institute of Ophthalmology - Joseph Eye Hospital,
Tiruchirapalli - 620001, Tamil Nadu, S.India.
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