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Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India

Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India

Sankara Nethralaya is a charitable not-for-profit eye hospital whose main facility is located in Chennai, India. It was founded in 1978 by Dr. S.S. Badrinath along with a group of philanthropists. It was the first eye hospital in Asia to receive an ISO 9002 Quality Certification. The organization has four objectives: research, education, providing quality eye care at an affordable cost, and providing free treatment to those who cannot afford to pay. Over the years, Sankara Nethralaya has worked to spread these objectives across India, opening facilities in Kolkata, Bangalore, Rameswaram, and Tirupathi. The network of eye care clinics consists of 1000 employees, including more than 80 ophthalmologists and more than 100 optometrists. In 2010, they performed more than 40,000 surgeries and treated more than 550,000 outpatients.

In addition to the facilities listed about, Sankara Nethralaya also uses an eye care bus to provide treatment to people in rural areas, and a van that dispenses eyeglasses to those in need.

The Contact Lens Clinic and The C J Shah Cornea Services work together to provide BostonSight® PROSE treatment at Sankara Nethralaya.

Sankara Nethralaya has an informative video available on You Tube:

Contact Information

Sankara Nethralaya
Contact Lens Clinic
41/18, College Road
Chennai - 600006
Tamilnadu, India

For appointments, please call  91-44-42271930, 91 44 28271616, Extension 1230/1241 - Ask for the Contact Lens Clinic.

Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan
BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow

Dr. Rajeswari MahadevanDr. Rajeswari Mahadevan is in charge of the Department of Contact Lenses at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India, and is also an Assistant Professor at the Elite School of Optometry. She has been a member and fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators since 1999. Her areas of interest include contact lenses and related corneal infections, low vision, ocular surface diseases, clinical trials, and pediatric optometry.

Dr. Mahadevan completed the nine-week BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellowship and is in charge of the PROSE clinic at Sankara Nethralaya; she also holds a Ph.D in Optometry. In 2014, Dr. Mahadevan was named a Contact Lens Educator of the year by the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE).

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Dr. Prema Padmanabhan

Dr. Prema Padmanabhan received her medical graduate degree in Ophthalmology from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. She underwent fellowship training in Vitreoretinal surgery between August 1981 and July 1982 in Medical Research Foundation, a unit of Sankara Nethralaya, where she is currently a Senior Consultant. She has published 75 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals and has also written five chapters in various ophthalmic books. She was awarded the Sir Rustom Ranji Oration and is a recipient of the “Dr. Jones Oration Award” under the aegis of Association of the International Medical Women Association in 1998. Dr. Padmanabhan is currently the Director of Cataract and IOL Services and Corneal and Refractive surgery.