Department of Ophthalmology


  • The ophthalmology department existed since 1923 with Dr. C.R.Athawale in charge, succeeded by Dr.Hiralal Patel. Dr.A.M. Gokhale was professor and Head of the department. Dr.Gokhale was a stern disciplinarian, and expanded the ophthalmology department considerably.
    He continued his association with these institutions by attending every function Dr.Abreu then became professor and head of the department. Dr.Piyush Dixit succeeded him and was head of the department till 1984. Dr.(Smt) G.Murthy succeeded him in 1985 and continues till 31st July 2004. Dr.H.L. Trivedi Ag.HOD from 1st Aug.2004 to 19th Sept.2005. Dr.A.D. Nicholson is presently Prof.  & Head since 20th Sept. 2005 till today.



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1 Dr. Saroj I. Sahdev Professor & Head
2 Dr. Avinash Ingole Associate Professor 
3 Dr. Anamika Agrawal Associate Professor
4 Dr. Darshana Rathod Associate Professor
5 Dr. Sujit Murade Assistant Professor
6 Dr. Anuja Gharat Assistant Professor
7 Dr. Twinkle Parmar Choksi Assistant Professor



  • 2nd floor,  OPD Bldg.


  • The Ophthalmology department has two working Units. The out-patient Department and Indoor –cum-surgical (operative) department function on all 6 days of the week, with each clinical unit offering services on alternate days. The total bed strength is 60. The outdoor and indoor eye care services renders routine, special as well as emergency services on all days of the week.

OPD/Dept Timing

  • OPD – On 6 days of the week, new case papers issued from 8.00a.m. To 11.00a.m.
  • Dept. Timing – 9 to 4

Course offered

  • UG:               MBBS
  • PG:               M.S in Ophthalmology

Special activities

  • The following advance Modern ophthalmic procedures are carried out with successful visual results in Ophthalmology department through generous grant of LCIF SF1425/323-A1. by Lions Club of Byculla.
  • Laser treatment of retinal diseases like diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disorders, macular disorders etc.

  • Management of narrow angle glaucoma and Post cataract capsulotomy (After cataract) with YAG Laser.

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  • State of art Haag streit slit lamp with applanation tonometer for precise diagnosis and measurement of  Intraocular pressure (Gold standard)


  • Video indirect ophthalmoscope for the teaching especially to Post graduate students and recording of fundus photos for research and study purpose. 


  • Accurate calculation of intraocular lens power with A-Scan biometer.

  • MOTORIZED OT TABLES WITH MAYO TROLLEY & ATTACHED IV STAND - State of art operation table and chair unit for ophthalmic microsurgery.

  •   AUTOREFRACROMETER - For refractive error calculation



Departmental achievement

Community Ophthalmic Services:

  • The community Ophthalmic services rendered to the slum population of Greater Mumbai  is through the Mobile Van Services of our department to the Centers   at Cheeta Camp, Shivaji Nagar. Also in co-ordination with various voluntary Organisations regular Eye check-up Camps are conducted contributing towards the National Programme for Prevention of Blindness. Regular operative sessions are also held in these Eye Camps with good visual outcome. The Mobile Ophthalmic Van Services are improvised by the installation of various portable Ophthalmic equipments within the van, all of which are donated by a number of voluntary organisations.

Collaborative work:

  • B.Y.L.Nair Hospital has an Eye Bank established in the year 1969. It is certified and registered under subsection (1) of section 24 of transplantation of Human Organ Act 1994 (42 of 1994) by Govt. of Maharashtra (Dated 29.9.98). Ophthalmic department in BYL Nair Hospital is attending to Enucleating calls & keratoplasties are done for the needy patients. We also register the cases with   Eye Bank Co-ordination and Research Centre, Haji Bacchooali Hospital , Parel  Mumbai – 12.
  • Academic activities of the department range from undergraduate training programmes to advanced research projects, conducted to update the students and teaching   faculties.
  • The advance technique of sutureless surgery for cataract was launched. Also Non-Phaco, small incision cataract surgery are being conducted. Both help quicker & faster post-operative visual rehabilitation of patients.
  • The department conducts regular Workshops, Seminars, Symposiums, Clinical meetings, Journal Clubs and Case presentations. There are Publications in various recongnised Journals. Members of the dept. actively participate in the local, zonal State, National and International ophthalmic academic/Scientific Workshops, advanced Courses and Conferences. This has enabled the staff and students to achieve academic excellence seen in the form of awards, merit ranks and prestigious positions secured at the National and International ophthalmic scenario.

Awards / achievements

  • Dr. Sasha Mansukhani (2014), Dr. Eesha Shukla (2015) stood first in the M.S. Ophthalmology Exam by MUHS, Nashik.
  • Allergan Achievers Quiz 2009- 7 PG students from Nair selected in 100 top residents in ophthalmology in all India quiz competition (MAXIMUM in comparison to any institute in India).
  • First prize in case presentation competition (Eye-pep 2010) at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hydrabad- Dr Manvi Sobti.,II yr M.S student.
  • 3 Gold Medals in CPS (DOMS) Ophthalmology examination held in Nov-Dec 2010-Dr.Gargi.Shah,III yr MS student
  • 3rd in MUHS MS Ophthalmology exam held in June 2010-Dr.Bhavisha.Bid
  • 3rd prize in All India Ophthalmology Conference 20011, Ahemdabad Quiz  round - Dr. Shivanand Sheth, III yr MS student. 
  • 3 Post-graduate students who are 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rank in M.S.(Ophthal.) exam. in MUHS Nashik University for the academic year 2011.
  • Awards / achievements

  •  Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Apr 7;10(4):703-9. doi: 10.2215/CJN.10581014. Epub 2015 Feb 3.
    Ocular features in Alport syndrome: pathogenesis and clinical significance.
    Savige J1, Sheth S2, Leys A3, Nicholson A4, Mack HG5, Colville D6.

  • Khandgave, Tejaswini Prashant, Neelam Puthran, Avinash B. Ingole, and Anjali D. Nicholson. "The assessment of sleep apnoea as a risk factor in glaucoma." Journal of clinical and diagnostic research: JCDR 7, no. 7 (2013): 1391.
  • Indian J Ophthalmol. 2013 Mar;61(3):138-9. doi: 10.4103/0301-4738.109391.
    An unusual case of peripheral ulcerative keratitis as a presenting feature in an otherwise healthy patient with undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus infection and low CD4 counts.
    Soni ND, Ingole AB, Murade SM.