About the Conference

While India being home for nearly 12 million blind people, more than 25% of 45 million blind people all over the world, it is not surprising that India is known as Blindness Capital of the world. But many may not know that India has the biggest eye-care infrastructure in the world, driven mainly by Community Ophthalmology. Over six million cataract surgeries are being done year after year with more than 60% of them through Non-Government Organisations! The first ever National conference on Community Ophthalmology organised by Rotary will bring out many such facts and recognise legendary Ophthalmologists who have been silently working behind this. We invite you to participate in the conference to get enlightened and join hands with us in preventing unnecessary blindness.

In 2019, India piped well past well past the WHO set target of 25% reduction in the Visual Impairment prevalence, from the line level of 2010. Blindness declined markedly by 47% and Moderate Visual Impairment more than halved (RAAB, 2019). India’s eye-care performance is stupdendous even by other measures and metrics, although they are cataract-centric. Cataract Surgical Coverage (CSC) – proportion of the affected population who could gain access to cataract surgery, is one such measure used. More than 93% of 50+ population blinded by cataract could have it operated. India has done well even on another key metric, the Cataract Surgical Rate (CSR), number of cataract surgeries performed in a year per one million population. Against the global average CSR of 1,406, India has clocked around 4,830 in 2014, only second to USA which reported a CSR of 6,353. Who are the people and organisations behind these remarkable accomplishments? What has been the role of government and INGOs / NGOs like Rotary International? How are the NGOs and Private Eye Hospitals with limited resources able to balance the service to poorer sections of the society? One can get all the answers in the first ever National conference on Community Ophthalmology.

Apart from addresses by Rotary International Leaders, Dr. Bhujanga Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Netralaya, several legends of Community Ophthalmology (CO) across India - Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, Rajan Eye Hospitals, Chennai, Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, Sitapur eye Hospital, UP, Usha Kiran Eye Hospital, Mysore, IIT.IIT, a Non-Profit Company and several other leading Ophthalmologists from Bengaluru have confirmed to deliver talks to share their experiences and best practices in Community Ophthalmology different areas of Research & Innovation, Scaling up operations, Providing Multi-speciality services, Collaboration of Eye hospitals, Corporate and NGO in structured sessions.


Leading Ophthalmologists involved in Community Ophthalmology, Rotary Leaders, Corporate Leaders involved in Eye-care services and Health-care Officials.


Rotary Avoidable Blindness E Club
Eye Opener - a book on 200 years of CO in India
Web Portal to connect Rotary Clubs, Donors and Eye Hospitals across India.


Services of Ophthalmologists, Donors, Service Providers, Corporates involved in CO.

Event Will Start In

Fantastic venue

J.N.Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science

21st : 3:00 AM – 05:00 PM

22nd : 9:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Attendance open to all

Registration mandatory

Networking opportunities

Don’t miss it

Who's Speaking?

The partial list of acclaimed speakers who will be speaking at the conference

Dr Manoj Desai
PRID Rotary International
Dr Bhujanga Shetty
CMD, Narayana Nethralaya
Rtn Fazal Mahmodd
RID 3190 Dist. Governor
Dr Rohit Khanna
Director, LVPEI
Dr Anand Shivaraman
Founder CEO, Remidio Innovations Pvt Ltd.
Dr Krishnamurthy
Director, VIIO
Dr Arun Adkoli
, Sunetra Hitek Eye Hospital Pvt. Ltd.
Dr Mohan Rajan
& MD, Rajan Eye Hospitals
Dr Narpat Solanki
Chairman, Solanki Eye Hospital
Sri Meenakshi Sundaram
Aravind Eye-care System, Madurai
Dr Venkatsubramaniam
Medical Director, Rangalakshmi Netralaya
Dr. R.V.Ramani Founder
Trustee, SEHI
Dr. Veena Bhaskaran
Head, Jaslok Community Ophthalmic Centre
Dr. Sunder Ram Shetty
Chairman, GEF Eye Hospital
DGND Rtn. Hira Lal D
Dr. K.V.Ravishankar
Medical Director, UKEH, Mysore
Dr. Murali Kaushik
Eye Hospital (Cornea)
Dr. K.Swaminathan
Endocrinologist, Idhyangal Trust, Coimbatore
Dr. G.V. Divakar
Dr. Ramesh
Director (Ophthal), Dept. of Health & Family Welfare
Milind Jadhav
Director, Essilor India Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Suresh Advani
Founder Member, IIT
Ms. Lakshmi Shinde

Event Schedules

Day 1 combines the ICGF on Communnity Service and the Conference while Day 2 is only the Conference



Organizing Committee


5 delegates, 1 Stall, 1 Full page Colour advt. in Souvenir,speaker slot,logo carried in all promotional materials, Spl. dinner Invitation for 2, Press Meet & 60 Cataract Surgeries


4 delegates, 1 Stall, 1 Full page advt. in Souvenir, logo carried in all promotional material, Spl. dinner invitation for 2 & 25 Cataract surgeries


3 delegates, 1 Full page advt. in Souvenir, logo carried in promotional materials,spl dinner invitation for 1 &15 Cataract surgeries

Hosts and Sponsors