About the Department
Department of ophthalmology has 3 separate spacious consultation rooms with all necessary ophthalmic equipments in each room. There are 2 separate well equipped rooms where visual acuity testing, refractive error measurement with autorefractometer and intra ocular pressure measurement with non contact tonometer are being done by well trained. There is a separate counsellor to help patients regarding health insurance such as Yeshaswini, ECHS, ESI, Sampoorna suraksha etc. OPD has a separate fully equipped minor OT where minor procedures like Lacrimal syringing,  Chalazion excision, Cyst excision, Incision and drainage of abscesses, Subtenons, Sub-conjunctival, Supratarsal injection , Saline wash for chemical burns, foreign body removal are being done. Recently eye bankfacility has been started in the department to cater the problems of corneal blindness in Dharwad district and the surrounding population. Round the clock service is rendered to retrieve  eyes from the deceased.


Head of the Department
Department of Ophthalmology is headed by Dr. Shankargouda H. Patil, a qualified and experienced professor having more than 13 yrs of teaching experience for Undergraduates and Post-Graduates in Ophthalmology. He is has done his M.B.B.S from J. J. M. Medical College, Davangere and M. S. Ophthalmology from Minto Regional Institute of Ophthalmology (MRIO) Bangalore Medical College. He is fellow of Medical Research Foundation Sankara Netralaya Chennai.  He has vast experience as an internal and external examiner for UGs and PGs in Karnataka and neighboring. He has the zeal to develop SDMCMSH as a Model Eye Care Centre having high volume, high quality and cost effective services to eradicate blindness.


Patient Care
Department is fully equipped with Slit lamp, Applanation tonometer and Pachymeter, Autorefractometer, Humphry’s field analyser. It has 30 bedded ophthalmic wards in two floors, with a separate five bedded ophthalmic septic ward for treating infective cases. Department runs  evening clinic from 5pm to 7pm for the convenience of working people who cannot come during morning hours. Subspecialty clinics operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These subspecialties include retina, orbit, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, retina and squint. Round the clock emergency care service are provided for ocular trauma and other ophthalmic emergencies.


Diagnostic Facilities
Department has Canon Auto Refactometer for checking the refractive errors, Canon non contact tonometer and Applanation tonometer for measuring intraocular pressure, Pachymetry for Central Corneal Thickness measurement and Humphry’s perimetry for visual field analysis. It also has a fundus camera with non mydriatic photography to take fundus photo without dilatation of pupil and hence save patients’ time. Fundus camera also helps to detect progression of glaucoma by means of optic disc photography. Fundus fluorescein angiography is also being done here to detect retinal vascular pathology and macular pathologies. 


Treatment Facilities
Small incision sutureless cataract surgery, Phacoemulsification and MICS are done here for cataract. Phaco is being performed under topical anaesthesia using Geuder phaco machine and LIECA operating microscope with video recording facility. Department provides keratoplasty service for people with corneal blindness, along with surgeries for glaucoma and squint. Occuloplasty surgeries are also done. With Argon green laser all the diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases are treated. In association with department of dermatology botox treatment is given to patients with eye problems.


Teaching Program
Daily clinical classes are taken for under graduate students by one of the consultant. Clinical cases, minor procedures, ophthalmic instruments are discussed. Clinically seminars of important topics are done by students under guidance. Post graduate teaching involves wet lab training with microscope for improving surgical skills. PGs are trained even in rural eye camps. Academically PGs have subject seminars and case presentation along with journal club presentation every week.


Dissertations/ Research
  1. Clinical study of orbital fracture in tertiary care centre   - Dr Sharan S
  2. Comparative study of topical Bromfenac sodium 0.9% and topical prednisolone acetate 1% in post operative cataract patients - Dr Neha T


Dr. Shankar Gouda H. Patil
Professor & HOD
Dr. Anupama Kakhandaki
Dr. Mridula A. Prabhu
Associate Professor
Dr. Charushila V. Gajapati
Assistant Professor
Dr. Farhat Fatima
Assistant Professor
Dr. Roopa Rokhade
Sr. Resident
Dr. Kshama Rai
Jr. Resident
Dr. N Nishant
Jr. Resident
Dr. Akash B
Jr. Resident
Dr. Apoorva Anil Deshpande
Jr. Resident
Dr. Vaishakha S Shetty
Jr. Resident
Dr. Jain Deepika Sanjay
Jr. Resident




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