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    Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology

Target group: Eye Hospitals who want to become a training centre for their region. Participants can be Head of the Institute and Training in charge
No of Teams: 20 per batch
Duration: 4.5 days
Dates: July 29 - August 02, 2019
Frequency: Offered once a year
Faculty Co-ordinator: Ms. Dhivya
Year of Starting 2008
Supported by: Seva Foundation and International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

Why come to this course at Aravind?

Blindness affects 37 million people worldwide, one quarter of which live in India. The Aravind Eye Hospital sees over 1.5 million patients per year and operates on 300,000, making it one of the largest eye care provider in the world. Training other eye care providers how to replicate this success is critical to meeting the VISION 2020 goal to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020. Its teaching having reached more than 318 eye care hospitals worldwide, LAICO is best positioned to guide other hospitals in establishing their own training centres. Only through increasing the number of training centres and the quality of their curricula will we be on track to finally stop needless blindness.

Eyexcel 2019: Exclusive Focus on Allied Ophthalmic Personnel Training Programmes

Eyexcel focuses on strengthening the availability of training for allied ophthalmic personnel. If your hospital is trying to set up, improve or expand a training programme for these essential team members, then this course is for you.   

(* The terms allied ophthalmic personnel used here represents all allied eye care staff – including refractionists, orthoptists, optometrists, vision technicians, operating theatre assistants, outpatient and ward assistants, counsellors etc.) 

How will this course help you?

This course prepares eye hospital teams to deliver high-quality training on a regular basis for mid-level ophthalmic personnel.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Use principles of adult education to maximize the learning of your trainees
  • Adopt a curriculum that is suitable for your training
  • Develop and impart training that will result in effective performance in the workplace
  • Use student-centered teaching methods in your training
  • Develop the necessary administrative infrastructure for the training centre
  • Understand the benefits and costs of delivering training via IT and the web
  • Plan for a sustainable allied ophthalmic personnel training programme
  • Launch a new training programme; as well as improve or expand an existing programme

Modules will closely follow these objectives, and include:

  • Importance of AOPs and Principals of adult learning
  • Analysis & Design of the training programme
  • Development and implementation of the training programme
  • Training program evaluation
  • Training program development and sustainability

How is the course conducted?

Experienced faculty from Aravind, international guest faculty, and successful Eyexcel alumni will conduct the eleventh offering of this course. The course is highly interactive with the majority of time spent in practice and application. Each participant team meets daily with a facilitator to deepen exposure to the content and to apply it to the needs of the team’s institution. Participants receive all course materials in print in a binder as well as digitally on a CD.

Who can participate? 

You may be eligible if your eye hospital currently offers or is interested in starting a training programme for eye care paramedics. Each hospital should bring a team of two to three participants: representing the head of the institute, the person in charge of the training programme, and one person actively involved in delivering the training. Ideal applications will include all three. This course requires participants to be able to speak in English.

Your team will be required to carry out activities before the course, in order to enable active participation once the course begins. More importantly the team will be required to carry out activities after the course. Bringing a full team is necessary to ensure that learning from Eyexcel is translated back to your workplace. The deadline for registration is July 3, 2019.


When to come?

This 41/2 days course is offered in July 29 - August 02 2019.

Where to stay?

Accommodation can be arranged at Inspiration – Aravind trainee’s hostel. It is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital Campus. It offers common spaces where you can relax and chat with your classmates from all over the world. Rooms have televisions and wireless Internet connections. The given below tariff includes room rent, free internet and complimentary breakfast.

Category Twin Sharing Non AC Single Non AC Twin Sharing AC Single AC
Per day / participant(INR) 350 500 700 1000


Breakfast and Dinner will be served at Inspiration Hostel. The cost for dinner will be charged separately at the Hostel. Lunch will be served at LAICO dining hall during the course period.

Please see the Inspiration brochure for more details.

Where to learn?

The course will be held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), in Madurai, India. It is fully equipped with a 200-seat auditorium, projector-enabled classrooms and facilities for group discussion. Madurai is well connected by air, rail and road to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Trivandrum.

The climate is pleasant during July. The days are generally warm and the nights comfortable.

How to pay?

Teams from India and Nepal pay a Rs. 15,000 course fee (per team). All other overseas teams pay US $600, (per team). 18% of GST is applicable in addition to the course fee. These amounts include tuition, teaching materials, refreshments, and lunch during the course. Securing your spot in the course requires sending the course fee within two weeks of receiving your confirmation letter. An invoice in this letter will instruct you how to pay by Demand Draft (D.D.) or wire transfer to Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Madurai, India. If admission is within two weeks of the start of the course, payment is to be made posthaste. If you request to cancel your enrollment two weeks prior to the course start date you will be refunded 100% of your payment. A 25% cancellation fee is applicable if we receive your cancellation request occurs less than two weeks prior to the course start date.

Visa information for participants not from India & Nepal

All travelers must secure a visa before arriving. Detailed instructions regarding Indian visas are given at When we receive your registration details we will send an invitation letter for your local Embassy or Consulate on your behalf. It must be submitted along with your application for the conference visa. Visa processing takes time, so we ask you to apply well in advance.