31 October, 2020

Aye To Eye Care

Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai

Surgery at Sankara Nethralaya: the cutting edge
Aye To Eye Care
What started as a small, 14-bed clinic at the premises of Vijaya Hospital in Chennai in September 1978 has grown into the country’s most acclaimed eye hospital. Set up by Dr S.S. Badrinath and a group of philanthropists, Sankara Nethralaya was born out of an idea to establish a charitable, non-profit eye hospital, one that would bring world-class eye care to India.
With 228 beds and about 22 operation theatres, Nethralaya handles 1,500 outpatients and 90 eye procedures every day out of its two Chennai centres. But Nethralaya’s claim to fame is not just its high standards. It is also that half the patients are treated free. "My vision was getting weak with age due to a nerve problem which has been corrected," says P. Baalan, who underwent surgery free of cost six months ago at Nethralaya. "Lack of money did not affect my treatment."

Nethralaya also has the lowest post-operative infection rate of 0.03 against global standards of 0.07, a spin-off from the hygienic and dust-free atmosphere. And it has lured patients and doctors from across India. "This place is not...


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