Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai

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Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital
Former names
Madras Eye Infirmary
Established1819 (1819)
Location13°04′13″N 80°15′39″E / 13.070313°N 80.260735°E / 13.070313; 80.260735Coordinates: 13°04′13″N 80°15′39″E / 13.070313°N 80.260735°E / 13.070313; 80.260735

The Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital (commonly called Egmore Eye Hospital) Chennai, is the oldest eye hospital in the Indian subcontinent and in Asia. The institute was established in 1819[1] and is the second oldest hospital of its kind, next only to the Moorfield Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom.[2]

The hospital is associated with the prestigious Government General Hospital and Madras Medical College, Chennai and is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.


With support from the Lions Club of Chennai District 324 A (an organized and separate eye bank that co-ordinates with the doctors, paramedical team and community support) workers ensure a 24-hour eye donation and eye banking service.

Training programmes offered include short-term exam-oriented training for diploma in National Board Exams.

Courses offered[edit]

  • Optometry: diploma in Optometry AND Bsc optometry

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The story of "MOORFIELDS," the oldest and largest eye hospital in Britain" (PDF). The British Journal of Nursing. 95 (2153). 1 November 1947. Retrieved 28 January 2019. At the time when Reynolds and his colleagues from New York were working at the hospital there was also attending a Mr. R. Richardson who entered the medical service of the East India Company. When in 1819 the Directors of that Company resolved to establish an eye hospital in Madras, he was appointed its first superintendent. The Madras Eye Infirmary, now known as the Madras Government Ophthalmic Hospital, is one of the most! important institutions of its kind in the World. Its foundation was followed in 1824 by the establishment of eye hospitals in Calcutta and Bombay, each under the direction of surgeons who had studied at “Moorfields.”
  2. ^ Parthasarathy, Anusha (16 October 2012). "Looking back in time". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 January 2019. Started in 1819, many pieces of the Regional Institute of Opthamology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital’s history lie in the arched corridors of Elliot’s Museum and a black plaque outside its Egmore premises; ‘Government Infirmary for gratuitous treatment of diseases of the eye’. A board in the garden at the entrance of the hospital clearly mentions the year of founding, second only to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London (established in 1818). On the other side of the road, in the newer campus is director Dr. K. Vasantha’s office.

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