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L.V. Prasad Eye Institute

Hyderabad, India


Established in 1987, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is a comprehensive eye health facility and a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness.

The initial vision of the Founder, Dr Gullapalli Nageswara Rao, a renowned academic ophthalmologist, was limited to establishing a centre in Hyderabad focusing on patient care, education, research, and later rehabilitation. But as LVPEI started delving deeper into the field of eye care, the scope and reach of its activities broadened. The LVPEI Pyramid of Eye Health and its ten functional arms - patient care, education and research, vision rehabilitation, eye banking, rural and community eye care, innovation and product development, advocacy, and capacity building - evolved over the years. LVPEI has served over 34.14 million people, with more than 50 percent of services provided free of cost regardless of complexity, reached nearly twelve thousand villages, trained more than 20 thousand eye care professionals, and published over 4000 papers. It is one of the biggest corneal transplantation centers in the world.

The LVPEI’s mission is to be a center of excellence in eye care services, basic and clinical research on eye diseases and vision-threatening conditions, training, product development, and rehabilitation for those with an incurable visual disability, with a focus on extending equitable and efficient eye care to underserved populations in the developing world.

The Institute is managed by two not-for-profit entities - Hyderabad Eye Institute (HEI) and Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation (HERF).

Please follow this link to read more about LVPEI Founder’s Vision.

Students will shadow a variety of subspecialties including Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastics & Pediatric ophthalmology. Students can practice slit lamp skills during the clinical examination. They may also shadow in the OR and observe surgery. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to outreach programs and satellite locations.

Students will need to complete the 4-week Ophthalmology elective at Yale to be eligible for this opportunity.