The department of Ophthalmology was founded in 1926. It was jointly headed by Dr Ratnakar and Dr G.T.Mody. There is an outpatients’ section on all days of the week and surgeries are performed in operation theatre on all days. This department has a special ward for keratoplasty pateints. The department provides complete eye care in the form of various ophthalmic procedurs like glaucoma surgery, squint surgery, occuloplasty surgery, paediatric cataract surgery , C3R for keratoconus, intraocular lens implantation, keratoplasty,flourocien angiography and vitreo-retinal surgery. There are various diagnostic facilties like ultrasound, slit lamp, perimetry,and fundus camera for outpatients and those referred for specialized services like corneal topo, B scan, OCT, optical biometry, handheld pachymetry, autorefractometer for paediatric evalutaion,VEP, ERG.
There is a well established eye bank with facilities for enucleation, storage and use of eyeballs .This department is a well known centre for diseases of posterior segment of the eye. Photocoagultaion is done with double frquency YAG, YAG PI for glaucoma & YAG post. Capsulotomy for post capsule opacification post cataract surgery, SLT is available for glaucoma.
VEP/ERG and Laser indirect ophthalmoscope inauguration
Inauguration of state of the art equipment in Department of Ophthalmology ,
1]Visual evoked potential [VEP] and Electroretinogram[ ERG] machine on 12/08/2021 by Rotary club of Ghatkopar and Rotary club of Charlotte Hall USA and by Dr. Ila shah
This facility is available only in KEM Ophthalmology department amongst the government and BMC run hospital in the city of Mumbai
VEP/ERG is useful in the diagnosis of lesions of the optic nerve and visual pathway, it is used in the assessment of visual acuity and visual field both in infancy and adults. It is also useful for early detection of retinal disorders like CRAO/CRVO , cone rod dystrophy, Hydrochloroquine toxicity, Stargardt’s diseases, etc and also used in early diagnosis of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
2] Laser Indirect Ophthalmoscope[LIO] inaugurated on 2/09/2021 by Rotary club of Worli funded by Rotarion Mr Taizoon Khorakiwala and a matching international grant part of the project “Gift of Sight III’’ of 2.28 crore
LIO is useful for treatment of proliferative and non proliferative diabetic retinopathy, detection and treatment of Retinal tears and detachment, retinopathy of prematurity, etc
The goal of our department is to prevent, diagnose and treat the cause of visual impairment in poor and needy patients visiting our department at KEM Hospital.
In the Department of Ophthalmology, KEM Hospital, Inauguration of State of the art equipment were launched thanks to Rotary club of Worli, Rotarian Mr.Taizoon Khorakiwala, and Rotary Club international, who helped acquiregracious donations of the Rotary club. The inauguration was convened with the cutting of the ribbon and lighting of the lamp by Respected Dean of KEM Hospital Dr. Hemant Deshmukh, District Governor Rotarian Sunnil Mehra, past District Governer Harjit Singh Talwar, President of Rotary Club Nimesh Sanghrajka, Rotarian Jayant Nairi and Professor & Head of the Department of Ophthalmology Dr. Sheela Kerkar.
The following equipment was acquired in the Department-
The goal of the KEM Department of Ophthalmology is to eliminate and treat preventable blindness and visual impairment and with the extraordinary team of contributors, donors, doctors, staff and well-wishers, it is on the path towards reaching this very worthy and noble goal.
|Sr. No.||Name of the Faculty||Designation|
|1||Dr. Avinash Ingole||Professor and Head of the Department|
|2||Dr. Anamika Agrawal||Professor and HOU|
|3||Dr. Sheela Kerkar||Professor Emeritus|
|4||Dr.Kokila Kamath||Associate (ad hoc) professor|
|5||Dr. Sayali Mahajan||Assistant Professor|
|6||Dr. Kruti Shah||Assistant Professor|
In the outpatients department various procedures are performd like trial glasses, retinocsopy, slit lamp examination, indirect ophtlalmoscopy, direct ophthlamoscopy, perimetry ,keratometry, tonometry, synaptophore, YAG laser, retinal photo coagulation etc.
In the operation theatre various anterior and posterior segment surgeries are performed everyday.
There is well equipped library in the dept for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
There have been about 45 publications in the last 10 years, from the department.
List of publications in department of ophthalmology in this year-
Rao E, Mishra M, Kerkar S, Ahuja A. Correlation of Optical Coherence Tomographic Findings with Clinical Features in High Myopia. International Journal of Recent Surgical and Medical Sciences. 2019 Jan;5(01):019-25.
Mishra M, Kerkar SP, Dani S, Pradhan P, Gandhi B, Desai SS. Retinitis sclopetaria in blast injury. Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research. 2019 May 1;7(2):81.
“A study of clinical profile, management and outcomes of thermal ocular injuries at a tertiary care institute”, international journal of scientific research, 2019
Kerkar SP, Ahuja AA, Pawar N, Nikam SC. To Compare the Surgically Induced Astigmatism in Small Incision Cataract Surgery: Superior Tunnel Incision versus Temporal Clear Corneal Incision.
Sheela Kerkar, Dr. Saba Khan -Cross sectional study of prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in population older than 40 years of age in a tertiary centre
Dr. Nitin Pawar, Study of visual outcomes in ocular trauma in pediatric age group Applied for publication in Oman journal of ophthalmology
Awards and Honors
There are two units
Dr. Sayali Mahajan (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Kruti Shah (Assistant Professor)
Specialty OPD Days
|Specialty||Days||Name of Consultant|
|Oculoplasty||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||
Dr. Avinash B. Ingole
Dr. Smita Menon
|Retina||Thursday||Dr. Aniruddh Mahendrakar|
|Tuesday, Friday||Dr. Vikram Nakhate|
|Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus||Wednesday, Thursday||Dr. Sayali Mahajan|
|Glaucoma||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||
Dr. Avinash B. Ingole
Dr. Arjun Gokani
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday||Dr. Anamika H. Agrawal|
|Cornea & Ocular Surface||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||Dr. Kruti Shah|
2021 Meetings Brief
Three online meetings were held on 9th March 2021, 3rd June 2021, 28th December 2021. The meetings were chaired by Dean (G&K)
The continued COVID situation and the huge second wave necessitated the need to reemphasize control measures, enhance testing and monitor COVID appropriate behaviour. Antibiogram of pus and adult blood culture was presented in the meeting of 9th March.
In the meeting of 3rd June, the recent GoI directive on implementation of IPC in the wake of the second wave was reviewed, gaps were identified and measures to fill them were suggested. The guidelines provided by GoM on infection control measures with special regard to mucormycosis were also reviewed. A separate email id has been created for departments to send their surveillance data.
In view of the rising positivity in December 2021, preparation for the third wave was reviewed. The WHO advisory on ‘IPC in health care facilities in the event of a surge in COVID -19’ dated 16th December 2021 was reviewed. Antibiogram of MICU and NICU for the period June-November 2021 was presented. Strict implementation of pre-treatment of laboratory waste by labs where autoclaving was not being carried out through the microwave machines installed at gate number 8 was discussed.
List of ongoing projects other than dissertations
M.D – Microbiology (Six registrations a year) Affiliated to MUHS, Nashik, MCI recognised
Lecture on Rubella,Rota and Corona viruses