Chennai, September , 2017: With the growing demand for complex eye surgeries and accessibility to their patients, Aravind Eye Hospital, opened its first super speciality eye care centre in Chennai, today at Poonamallee High Road.
The hospital is spread over 500,000 sq.ft and includes all the sub-specialities in ophthalmology. The objective is to provide high quality ophthalmic care at affordable cost. The centre has 250 remunerating beds and a separate section exclusively for the underprivileged with 500 beds either as free services or at steeply subsidised rates.
India is the second most populous country in the world and has tremendous unmet need for ophthalmic care. Factors expected to fuel India’s ophthalmic market growth include an upsurge in dietary change-related eye diseases, growing incidence of myopia, a growing middle class, and improved access to care. In terms of treatments for diseases or disorders, the largest markets are for cataract surgery, retinal drugs, and glaucoma medications, according to Market Scope.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Aravind, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital said, “Aravind Eye Hospital dedicates its 12th hospital to the service of the community. We have been receiving patients for complex surgical procedures. The new hospital helps in our vision of responding to the increasing challenges of eye care in the country. The state-of-the-art infrastructure, compassionate and affordable care are the key tenets of Aravind Eye hospital.”
There is an increase in number of patients visiting the hospital year-on-year; at Madurai and other locations for speciality eye surgeries which are complex and to avail quality eye treatment at subsidised cost. The physical environment and infrastructure developed at Aravind-Chennai, is a reflection of the values for which the organisation stand for – transparency, integrity, and compassionate care. The facility will serve as a centre of excellence by treating patients, training eye care professionals spreading the latest and best practices in eye care.
About Aravind Eye Hospital
Headquartered in Madurai, Aravind Eye Hospital was founded by Dr. G. Venkataswamy in 1976. Started off with just 11 beds, over the years, Aravind grew and at present, has main centres in Theni, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, and Salem in addition to the various outpatient eye care centres in different small towns and villages of Tamil Nadu. Over the past four decades, Aravind diversified and now the conglomerate Aravind Eye Care System includes a network of eye care centres, a training institute for developing ophthalmic personnel, Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), eye banks, Aurolab (manufacturing ophthalmic consumables) and an eye research institute. In the last year, Aravind centres together handled over 40 lakh outpatient visits and 4.6 lakh surgeries, making it one of the largest eye care providers in the world. Aravind’s next centre is coming up in Tirupati and is expected to open in 2018.