Long Term Fellowship In Cornea And Anterior Segment

The objective of this program is to train ophthalmologists in the diagnosis and management of corneal diseases and cataract through

  • Clinical evaluation
  • Use of different investigative procedures
  • Medical treatment
  • Surgical intervention
  • Research

Course design

Basic Orientation: The first month will be in ZEISS academy to strengthen the skills in clinical examination and basic diagnostics and also to get acquainted with the principles and guidelines being followed at the institute.

Clinical Rotation: During this period the fellows would be rotated in the sub specialty with the entire faculty in the sub specialty and gain exposure. At the same time they will also be trained extensively in Cataract surgery techniques. Duration of this period is 17 months which also includes one month posting in eye bank.

The following are the areas and techniques where the training is imparted

Clinical Diagnostics:

Slit Lamp, Keratometry, Biomicrocsopy, Pachymetry, Specular Microscopy, A- B Scan, Tear Film function tests.

Laboratory diagnosis:

  • Microbiology: Smear preparation, culture methodology and interpretation of various corneal infections including bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic.
  • Pathology: Preparation and interpretation of specimens from various corneal pathologies including scars, edema, dystrophies, infections and degenerations
  • Immunology: Understanding various techniques, immunohistocytochemistry, serology, etc.

Medical treatment:

As a part of fellowship fellows are also taught about the management of following.

  • Corneal infections
  • Corneal immunological disorders
  • Dry eye and ocular surface disorders
  • Degenerations and dystrophies
  • Complications of keratoplasty
  • Complications of cataract surgery

Microsurgical techniques

  • Keratoplasty
  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Surgery for congenital cataract
  • Ocular surface reconstruction (limbal grafts, amniotic membrane grafts)
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Tissue adhesive application
  • Patch grafts
  • Superficial Keratectomy
  • Trauma surgery

The Cataract surgery training will be imparted for a specific period in the training OR and the other surgeries are taught during the posting with faculty

Training in the use of laser equipment

  • Nd: YAG capsulotomy
  • Nd: YAG membranotomy
  • Excimer laser PTK

Laser refractive surgery (LASIK)*

Photorefractive Kertectomy (PRK)*

Eye banking and tissue evaluation

  • Tissue retrieval
  • Tissue storage
  • Tissue evaluation

Training in Contact Lens

  • Contact lens fitting
  • Management of contact lens related complications

*Only Observation

Posting at Secondary Center: This is the time the fellows will learn to manage clinics and operate independently and also gain expertise in managing a Secondary level center. This posting will be for a period of two months.

Clinical Associates: During this period (6 months) fellows will take up institute's responsibilities while being posted with the faculty. This is the time they will also learn managing various areas independently.

All the fellows at the Institute will be doing emergency duties on rotation.


All the long term fellows will be paid a stipend of INR 12000/- for the first 18 months and INR 25000/- for the last six months.


DO/DOMS/MS/MD/DNB in Ophthalmology, qualifying by June 2013

Mode of selection

Written test and interview to be held on 26th May 2013


Batch starts in January and July every year (No of candidates intake will depend on the slot availability)

Process of applying

Please send the following documents to apply.

  • Filled in application form
  • A letter of Interest
  • Copies of certificates


For further details contact/Send the applications to
Mark Nathaniel Thadikonda and Vijayamma
Nannepaga Centre for Eye Care Education,
L V Prasad Eye Institute,
L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad - 500 034
Telephone: +91-40-3061 2567/2568
Email: education@lvpei.org

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