Vitreo Retina

The retina is a thin tissue that lines the inside of the eye and functions like a film in the camera. Healthy retina, vitreous and optic nerve are essential for normal visual function. Diseases of the retina can cause serious vision loss. Fortunately, most of them can be treated with modern methods of therapy.

Joseph Eye Hospital serves as a referral centre for ophthalmic hospitals in and around Trichy. The retina department caters to around 30,000 patients and performs around 1000 surgeries annually.

Free treatment facilities including retinal surgeries are available at the retina department under the Chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme.


The retina department performs diagnostic and surgical therapy for vitreoretinal diseases, including:

  1. Retinal detachments
  2. Diabetic retinopathy
  3. Trauma, intraocular foreign body
  4. Vitreous hemorrhage
  5. Epiretinal membrane
  6. Vitreo-macular traction
  7. Macular hole
  8. Complications after cataract surgery

The department uses OPM Visu 150 operating microscope with BIOM for complex and sophisticated vitreoretinal surgery. Constellation vitreoretinal system (Alcon) with built in endolaser is helpful for all type of surgeries. Alcon/Greishaber Vitreoretinal instruments and accessories for all types of retinal surgeries including perflurocarbon liquids, silicon oil, silicon tyres and bands are available.

All surgeries are perfomed using MIVS (sutureless vitrectomy 23, 25G).

Surgeries performed:

  1. Pars plana vitrectomy
  2. Scleral buckling
  3. Intravitreal injections
  4. Silicone oil injection / removal
  5. Scleral fixated IOL


Retinal vascular diseases like diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration (AMD)& retinal vein occlusionsare important causes of visual loss in the Indian population.

Diagnostic technology:

  1. Diabetic retinopathy screening
  2. Cirrus HD OCT (Zeiss)
  3. Digital fundus camera for fundus photography, Fundus fluorescein angiography & Indocyanine green angiography (Zeiss)
  4. Ophthalmic ultrasound (B scan)
  5. UBM

Therapeutic facilities:

  1. Nd YAG laser
  2. Frequency doubled NdYAG green laser
  3. Laser indirect ophthalmoscopy


Retinopathy of prematurity is a blinding condition seen in premature new-born babies, that can be easily treated if it is detected early. Our dedicated team of ROP specialists offer bedside screening and treatment (Laser for high risk infants in and around Trichy.

Facilities for ROP:

  1. Mobile ROP team
  2. Video indirect ophthalmoscope
  3. Portable laser indirect ophthalmoscope

Please ask your paediatrician to contact joseph eye hospital, if your baby is at risk of ROP.