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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 Competancies

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, Pediatric 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 departrment.


  • The department has an excellent alumni association (OEU Alumni association)

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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

Dr Poornima Baliga B

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences)

Research & Publications

The areas of research include clinical neurology, emergency neurology, Electrophysiology.


  • 27 Nov' 18

    APPICON 2018

    KMC - Kasturba Medical College of Manipal TMA Pai Halls 1,2 and Auditorium

  • 02 Nov' 18

    KAMLSCON 2018

    KMC - Kasturba Medical College of Manipal Dr TMA Pai Auditorium,III Floor,KMC,Manipal