Ophthalmology – derived from ‘ Ophthalmos and ‘ logos’ meaning science of the eye – is a branch of medicine which deals with the diseases of the eye and its treatment. An Ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. Since, Ophthalmologist perform operations on eyes, they are both surgical and medical specialists. A multitude of diseases and condition can be diagnosed from the eye.

The dept. Of Ophthalmoloy was established in the year 1972. It joined hands with C.B.M Germany in 1974. Rehabilitation Centre for the blind was started under the department of Ophthalmology in 1974 with the assistance of C.B.M Germany. This centre provided vaocational training to the blind women. The community eye care project was started in 1994 to serve the community to provide preventive curative and rehabilitative services to the people in Ernakulam District and parts of Idukki &Kottayam districts.  Over the years department of Ophthalmology has emerged as one of the best centres in Kerala offering quality eye care at affordable cost. Now we have 3 fully equipped Operation Theatres  where major Ophthalmic surgeries are performed. We also have the latest technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of complicated eye diseases like Cataract,  Glucomoa,  DiabeticRetinopathy &Squint etc. Before the Medical College was established department was headedby Dr.NavomiVettath,  Dr. Mohan Ipe,  Dr. RajanCyriac,  Dr. Mohammed Naveed,  Dr. Suresh Kumar.

Department Facilities

a. Community Ophthalmology

Keeping a mission to offer the modern eye care services at the lowest rate to the marginalized and the poor people in the community Dept of Ophthalmology,MOSC  is actively engaged in the community eye care programmes at different parts of Kerala. One of the main objectives of the community outreach programmes of the hospital is to avail the eye care services to every section in the community and also to promote the eye health education programme among them. The outreach programmes also have a big objective of reducing preventable blindness in the society.

  •     Comprehensive Eye Camp
  •     School Screening Programme
  •     Refraction Camp
  •     Glaucoma Detection Camp
  •     Diabetic Retinopathy Detection Camp
  •     Training programme for community health care volunteers
  •     Training Programme for teachers


b. Optical shop

Modern optical shop with trendy frames & latest technology lenses at affordable cost.

c. Major Services & Procedures

  •     Phacoemulsification with foldable IOL implantation under Local &Topical Anaesthesia
  •     Small Incision cataract surgery with rigid IOL
  •     Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
  •     Fundus fluorescene angiography (FFA)
  •     Green Laser for retinal problem
  •     Perimetry- Humphrey field analyser (HFA)
  •     Applanation tonometry
  •     Gonioscopy
  •     Various types of contact lenses
  •     A scan &Keratometer
  •     Indirect Ophthalmoscopy

Children can have a myriad of eye problems.

Some of the relatively common disorders are refractive errors,  allergic conjunctivities,  watering of eyes due to blocked naso lacrimal duct,  strabismus (deviation of eyes),  amblyopia (lazy eyes),  lid abnormalities (ptosis),  congenital cataracts,  congenital glaucoma,  developmental abnormalities of the eyes,  abnormalities in the retina like persistent fetal vasculature syndrome (PHPV),  chorioretinal coloboma,  tumors (retinoblastoma),  foveal hypoplasia and optic disc abnormalities.

The developing visual and nervous systems in a child makes it necessary to have a different approach when dealing with pediatric eye problems. Special skills and equipment are required for successfully examining and treating children with eye disease.

Our aim is to diagnose paediatric eye problems at the earliest and institute adequate treatment to permit optimal development of the visual system.

OPD Days

Wednesday & Saturday : 9am – 12pm
Appointment for Dr.Sumitha Mary Jacob
Contact No  0484 2885 863

Important Equipments

1. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT- CIRRUS HD – Zeiss ,Spectral domain high resolution OCT)

  •     Non invasive&non contact technique to diagnose Retinal problems & Glaucoma
  •     No need of dilatation
  •     Diagnosis  and treatment guidance for glaucoma( RNFL thickness) and Retinal diseases  like macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases and hypertensive eye diseases etc

2. Green Laser (Double frequency yag laser- Zeiss)

  •     Laser photo coagulation in diseases like diabetic retinopathy and vascular occlusion
  •     Laser for retinal tears to prevent detachment of retina.

3. Humphrey Field Analyser(HFA- II –I Series – Zeiss)

  •     To asses the field of vision
  •     Helps to detect  Glaucoma early and prevent visual loss
  •     Detecting nerve problems due to glaucoma and brain disease

4. Fundus Photo ( Visucam 500 –Zeiss)

  •     To take photograph of the back of the eye
  •     Fundus Fluorescene Angiography ( FFA)
  •     To detect diseases of the retina due to diabetes and asses the blood supply of the retinal vessels etc.

Our main objective is to provide quality eye care at affordable cost to all levels of people in the community. Dept of Ophthalmology is well equipped with the latest equipment both for diagnosis and treatment.



P.G.                                                       : Application Submitted for starting M.S. Course to KUHAS.
M.B.B.S.                                                : Theory and Seminar Classes taken for Vth&VIIth Semester MBBS Students.
Nursing                                                  : Theory Classes taken for B.Sc. 2nd year students.
DOOT                                                    : 2 ½ Yrs. Course under CMAI Annual Intake : 10 Students.


JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS                           

1. The Prevalence pattern and risk factos contributing to computer.
(Study Completed –                                : Vision syndrome among IT students in a rural engineering college – A cross
Ready for Publication)   sectional study    : by Dr. Soman Mani and Dr. Liji Menon – A study completed       and ready for publication.

(Study Completed –         2. The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy with Type 2 DiabitusMelitus,
Ready for Publication)     admitted to a Tertiary Care Centre in Rural South India by Harishankar and
Dr. Soman Mani.

(Study Completed –         3.  Ocular Manifestation following RTA among patients attending a Tertiary
Ready for Publication)     Care Centre in South India by Dr. Liji Menon and Dr. Soman Mani.

Vision                    : Eliminate avoidable blindness from the Community.
Mission                : Provide quality eye care at affordable cost.     


Cataract Clinic

  • Functions on all days
  • Deals with all modern cataract surgeries including clear corneal Phacoemulsification with foldable intraocular Lens implantation.
  • From the humble Manual Small Incision surgery to the modern convenience of topical Phacoemulsification.
  • We provide you the entire spectrum of intra ocular lenses from rigid lenses to single piece foldable lenses
  • No pain, no injection cataract surgery
  • Day care facilities

Retina Clinic

  • Functions on all days from 9 AM  - 12 PM
  • Fundus Fluorescein Angiography with digital imaging. (FFA- Visucam 500 - Zeiss)
  • Laser photo coagulation for diabetic retinopathy and vascular occlusions.( Zeiss diode Laser)
  • Indirect ophthalmoscope
  • Optical coherence Tomography (Spectral Domain Cirrus HD OCT , Zeiss)

Cornea clinic

  • Management of all corneal infections.
  • Ocular trauma management.

Glaucoma Clinic

  • Functions on all days
  • Automated Perimetry with Humphrey Field Analyzer. (HFA)
  • Goldmannapplanation tonometry.
  • Gonioscopy.

Pediatric Ophthalmology

  • Functions on every Wednesday from 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Evaluate children for squint ,Cataract, Glaucoma, Refractive error and other congenital and  developmental ocular anomalies and provide them with the required treatment.
  • Facilities for visual assessment in pre school children.
  • Facilities for retinopathy of prematurity screening.

Contact Lens clinic

  • High quality contact lenses
  • Daily, Monthly and Yearly disposable contact lenses
  • Coloured and bandage contact lenses
  • Extended wear contact lenses- patient can use continuously during the day and night for the recommended period of usage