The department of Ophthalmology is established as a part and parcel of medical college to cater to the needs of rural population focussing on the health of human eye on which the progression of the person and the society depends. Any impairment of vision hampers physical, mental and social progress.
The department is headed by Dr. H.T. Venkat Gowda [professor] and assisted by 4 other faculties and 12 junior residents. The department is well equipped with latest equipment for better diagnosis and treatment.
The UG courses were started from 1986 and first batch of postgraduate students (MS) was introduced in the year 1996
1. To eradicate curable blindness in the rural areas, like cataract and early diagnosis and treatment of refractive errors.
2. As a part of national programme, conducts rural eye camps periodically to create awareness and encourage treatment and thus reduce the burden of curable blindness which in turn enhances the social security of the people.
3. Measures are taken by our Department the field of educating rural masses in preventing the common eye ailments and curing blinding diseases like glaucoma, diabetes related eye complications
4. Measures are taken to inculcate quality systems among students and promoting use of technology by PG students to aid better diagnosis and treatment to the underprivileged.
5. To evaluate and report epidemiological pattern of eye diseases and to coordinate with the higher eye centres so as to arrive at improved methodologies of management.
6. To train postgraduates to achieve academic excellence in the field of Ophthalmology and research.
7. To create awareness for eye donation that can be used mainly for keratoplasty and research
8. To promote research activities in understanding the ocular pathology and prevalence of eye diseases.