Sri Muthukumaran Medical College



About The Department

The department of Ophthalmology deals with eye related illness. We at the ophthalmology dept of SMMCH&RI, are well equipped in terms of human resource as well as infrastructure to deal with common as well as unique ophthalmic problems. We regularly diagnose and treat refractive errors, foreign bodies, conjunctivitis, cataract, uveal and retinal disorders (eg diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration), neuro ophthalmological disorders, squint, pediatric disorders and lid and orbital diseases and ocular trauma. All state of the art investigative modalities are available and done at a very reasonable cost. Laser procedures for retina, glaucoma, cornea and cataract are performed on a daily basis by the experts in the respective fields. Surgeries for cataract (phacoemulsification and conventional), glaucoma (trabeculectomy), corneal transplant (full thickness as well as partial thickness), minor and major lid disorders, squint and retinal disorders (dislocated lenses etc) are done at very competitive prices. Outreach eye camps are conducted frequently to provide free treatment for common eye disorders. Our department is equipped with an exclusive eye bank for easy tissue availability for corneal surgeries.

Head of the Department

Dr. P. KUMARAVEL M.S. (Ophthalmology)., D.O.,

Professor & HOD, SMMCH&RI since 2011.
Worked as Asst. Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Ophthalmology in various Govt. Medical Colleges  – KMC, MMC,TMC and SMC for above 28 years.

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  1. Corneal Transplant The cornea is the transparent part in the eye that allows light to enter and performs 2/3rds of the focusing. It also covers the iris (the coloured portion of the external eye) and the pupil (the reactive ‘light meter’ in front of the lens). The cornea allows lights to enter the eyeball, and the cornea’s convex shape focuses that light towards the pupil and another structure called the lens. The cornea is smooth and clear. However, injury, disease, or certain medical conditions can make it cloudy or difficult to see through. Corneal transplantation is indicated in these cases. The diseased cornea is removed and a healthy donor cornea is replaced in its stead. Seldom has a field in medicine seen so many advances over a few decades as the cornea. It is now possible to selectively replace the disease portion of the cornea and replace it while leaving the non-affected portions intact. This procedure called lamellar keratoplasty is safer, efficient and leads to faster visual recovery and lesser post op time. The medical history of every organ donor is reviewed carefully, and blood tests are performed to check for infections before corneal transplantation. If there is any doubt about the safety of corneal transplantation, the donated tissues are used for medical research instead of being transplanted into a patient’s eye.                 Read More…