The Department of Ophthalmology started functioning as a part of Kasturba Hospital in the late 1950s with two doctors. The department started conducting outdoor camps to control blindness after it was associated with the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (RCSB).

Kasturba Hospital, Manipal was one of the first institutions to practice Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme in camps in the 1980s and later successfully implanted intraocular lenses in camps.

The clinical facilities include Cataract, Retina, Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Squint, Oculoplasty and Uveitis services. 


Core Competencies

The core competencies of the Department of Ophthalmology are:

  • UG teaching program for MBBS curriculum
  • PG teaching program for MS(Ophthalmology)and Diploma in Ophthalmology
  • Clinical facilities include services to manage Cataract, Retinal diseases, Glaucoma, Paediatric eye diseases, Squint, Oculoplasty and Uvea services. In addition community services like screening of diabetic retinopathy in the camps and RMCW homes using non mydriatic fundus  camera, School screening programmes, House to house screening of ocular disease by undergraduate and postgraduate students are provided by the department
  • The department has an excellent alumni association (OEU Alumni association)


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The Department of Ophthalmology, KMC Manipal offers the following program:


MS - Ophthalmology




Individual departments under KMC are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure for research and clinical experience.


Laboratories supplement classroom teaching with practicals


Libraries have excellent resources for reference and study


Teaching in hospitals give students hands-on learning

Research & Publications

The areas of research include: Evaluation of histogenesis of various organ systems using fetal tissues. Estimation of subcutaneous fat and fibre distribution and types in the abdominal region and its clinical implications. Effect of DHA and Colin on stress induced behaviour and histological changes in the CNS. • Preventive and protective role of cissus quadrangular is extract on diabetes induced osteopenia and bone loss in osteoporosis- a cellular and molecular evaluation. Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in curative and prophylactic role of Ceasalpenia Bonduc extracts on Liver toxicity. Use of lead as nanoparticle in traditional medicine - multi-organ approach to evaluate the functional, cellular and molecular alterations. Role of traditional medicinal preparations in wound healing - structural, biomechanical, molecular evaluations use normal and diabetic wound models.