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Profile - Short Term Course in OT Techniques

Education Centres
    Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
Target group : Higher Secondary or its equivalance. One year experience in Ophthalmic Setup. Basic Knowledge of Spoken Englilsh.
No of Positions: 5 - 7
Duration: 2 months
Starting Date: First of October
Frequency: Offered once in a year
Medium of Instruction: English
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Usha Kim
Starting year: 2007


Aravind Eye Care System

Aravind Eye Hospitals are run by Govel Trust, a non profit institution, established in 1976 at Madurai. In less than two decades, under the guidance of its founder Dr.G. Venkataswamy it has grown from a 11 beded clinic in a rented house to a world class centre with a network of five hospitals located in Madurai, Theni, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Pondicherry. As a Postgraduate institute for training  ophthalmologists, Aravind Eye Hospital has been recognized to conduct courses like Diploma in Ophthalmology (DO), MS, Diplomate of the National Board (Dip.NB). And it is the only examination centre to conduct the prestigious MRCOph examinations outside of London, UK. In addition to this, several skill based short-term training programmes are conducted regularly for the ophthalmologists and Ophthalmic technicians.


Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), a unit of Aravind Eye Care System, contributes to the prevention and control of global blindness through training, consultancy, and research in community ophthalmology and health management. As a collaborating centre of the World Health Organization (WHO), LAICO is currently working with several eye care programs in Asia and Africa.


Need for the course

The overall prevalence of blindness around the globe demands well equipped paramedical personnel. The latest developments in the field of medicine are the greatest challenges for the paramedics. The Aravind SSI survey revealed that there is a need to provide structured training for the ophthalmic paramedics. The Aravind Eye Care System, with its immense potential to handle and manage training programs has become a role model in this field. Since there is a variation in the quality of training provided elsewhere, there needs to be a focus on:

  • Re-emphasising basics and reorientation to current technologies
  • Developing & upgrading new skills


  • To provide knowledge and develop practical skills in the field of OT
  • To enhance clinical skills to support the ophthalmologist
  • To upgrade technical skills in handling of and maintenance of instruments and other equipment

Target group

The target group is confined to MLOPs of other organisations

  • OT assistants interested in ophthalmic surgery
  • General Nurses working in an ophthalmology set up

Outcome of the course

By the end of this course the trainee will be able to:

  • Assist in cataract surgeries.
  • Manage an ophthalmic theatre in a cost effective manner
  • Promote patient centered care with continuous quality improvement
  • Apply scientific management practices in supervision of an ophthalmic department

Training Methodology

  • Lectures
  • Clinical demonstrations
  • Observation
  • Exposure to specialty eye clinics
  • Hands on practice under supervision
  • Outreach camps
  • Task oriented training skills, attitude & Knowledge

Evaluation pattern

  • Pre course evaluation
  • Maintaining the logbook
  • Practical ExaminationVIVA VOCE
  • Monthly Assessment
  • Final Exam (Theory & Practical)

    Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry