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Sankara Nethralaya-the Temple of the Eye

Sankara Nethralaya-the Temple of the Eye

Chennai, India   |   Accreditation: none listed 


Ms.Sasikala U, International Patient Relations Officer


91 – 044 – 42271816



On the auspicious day of Vinayaka Chaturthi, the sixth day of September in the year 1978, Sankara Nethralaya came into existence.

It was named Sankara Nethralaya, which means “The Temple of the Eye”. The long journey for vision with a mission began.

In 28 years, the hospital has gained international excellence and is acclaimed for its quality care and compassion. Sankara Nethralaya today has grown into a super specialty institution for ophthalmic care and receives patients from all over the country and from abroad. Sankara Nethralaya family today has over 1000 individuals with one vision ? to propagate the Nethralaya philosophy; the place of our work is an Alaya and Work will be our worship, which we shall do with sincerity, dedication and utmost love with a missionary spirit.

Sankara Nethralaya has been described by Shri Nani A. Palkivala, an eminent legal expert and former Indian Ambassador to USA, as the “Best Managed Charitable Organization in India”. Sir Ratan Tata Trust has observed Sankara Nethralaya as a High Performing Knowledge Institution ? mission driven, a proven track record, acknowledged nationally and internationally for its expertise and excellence in Ophthlmic care with almost all eye sub-specialities, good management systems, a vibrant set of human resources and a participative system of decision-making.

On an average, 1200 patients walk through our doors and 100 surgeries are performed every day. In our journey for excellence, we have received many awards and appreciation of our efforts. And we still have a long way to go.

International Patients:

In addition to receiving patients from all over the country, Sankara Nethralaya renders service to international patients including the US and UK. All international patients are advised to contact our International Patient Relations Officer who will assist in making necessary arrangements including fixing up of appointment with specialist ophthalmologist, accommodation for the duration of stay and ticket reservations, if required.

For patients coming from The Sultanate of Oman and Mauritius, we have special arrangements- see website.

Appointment for Consultation / Further Treatment
At any of the following centres:

Sankara Nethralaya, 18, College Road , Chennai – 600 006.

Sankara Nethralaya, 21, Pycrofts Garden Road, Chennai – 600 006.

Sankara Nethralaya, 73, Venkata Krishna Road, Raja Annamalaipuram,Chennai – 600 028.

Sankara Nethralaya Rural Eye Hospital, 8, G. S. T. Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai – 600 016.


* Cataract
* Cornea
* Community Ophthalmology
* Excimer Laser
* Glaucoma
* Neuro Ophthalmology
* Ocular Oncology
* Orbital Oculoplasty
* Paediatric Ophthalmology
* Uveitis
* Vitreoretinal


 The Therapeutic facilities at Sankara Nethralaya include state-of-the-art equipment

* Phacoemulsification equipment for stitch less cataract surgery
* Argon laser treatment for diabetic retinal disorders
* Yag laser for treatment of secondary cataract & glaucoma
* Cryotherapy for glaucoma and retinal pathologies
* Wave front guided LASIK treatment for removal of glasses
* Photodynamic therapy for retinal diseases. Equipment to carry out complicated retinal detachment/orbit and lid surgery
* Contact lens clinic
* Low visual aid clinic
* Orthoptic clinic
* Cornea Transplantation Unit