The department of ophthalmology was established in the year 1999 coinciding with the Undergraduate MBBS programme which was started in the same year. Until the year 2007 the department was catering to the DNB programme which was replaced with MS ophthalmology, and at present there is an intake of six candidates per year. The department is headed by Dr. Vijay Pai, Dr. Hrishikesh Amin being the professor, Dr. Subrahmanya Bhat and Dr. Vasanthi Kotian Additional Professors, Dr. Nameeth D’Souza and Dr. Puneet Hegde Assistant Professors and Dr. Ajith Adyanthaya being the Senior Resident.
The department is committed to provide quality tertiary level eye care at an affordable cost to patients, and at the same time conduct various community health programme for the underprivileged.
The postgraduate students in the department have an excellent blend of academics and surgical opportunities.
The greatest strength of the department are the staff who are committed to provide these services without any self interest.
The main research areas in the department is currently involved in are
The department is well equipped with all modern facilities required in diagnosis and treatment of various eye diseases such as, Operating microscopes, Phacoemulsification units, Vitrectomy, Ophthalmic lasers, Fundus Camera, Ophthalmic Scans, Automated Perimetry etc.
The Ophthalmology department is actively involved in all health schemes offered by K.S. Hegde Hospital such as 24 hours emergency services and OPD facilities. The department regularly conducts all types of Ophthalmic surgeries such as Phacoemulsification, Corneal transplantation, Vitreo Retinal Surgeries, Glaucoma, Squint and Occuloplasty surgeries etc.
The department is actively engaged in community services which includes regular eye camps on all Sundays and also on certain weekdays. The department has collaboration with MCF Mangalore, ISKCON, Sevanjali Prathistana Trust in conducting these community services. The department is also committed to screen the school children for any eye disorders and treat them accordingly.
Over the last five years the department has achieved remarkable success in various community eye care programmes and high quality of post graduate training programme.