LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), India

Kaliam Anji Reddy Campus
LV Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, 500034 India

Externship Coordinator
Shailaja P Reddy, BS

Additional Faculty
Shrikant Bharadawaj, BSopt, PhD (Associate Director of Optometry)
+91 40 30612525

Program Description
L V Prasad Eye Institute is a comprehensive eye health facility with its main campus located in Hyderabad, India. A World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, the Institute offers comprehensive patient care, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services and high-impact rural eye health programs. It also pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel.

LVPEI's mission is to provide excellent, equitable and efficient eye care to all sections of society. Since establishment in 1987 we have

  • Served over 14 million people with more than 50% services provided free of cost, regardless of complexity
  • Provided direct service to over 1000 villages through secondary and primary care
  • Trained 13,000 eye care professionals from India and abroad
  • Awarded 22 PhDs and published over 1000 research papers
  • Helped rehabilitate over 1,00,000 persons with irreversible blindness or low vision
  • Facilitated and collected over 35,000 eye donations
  • Set up permanent infrastructure in 18 of the 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh
  • Helped upgrade eye care programs in18 states of India and 16 other countries

In its Silver Jubilee Year, L V Prasad Eye Institute has a century -- working out of 107 locations today! The LVPEI network includes a Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad, 3 tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 10 secondary and 89 primary care centres that cover the remotest rural areas in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, as well as several City Centres. The Institute's innovative and comprehensive approach to community eye health, the LVPEI Eye Health Pyramid, has been adopted as a model by the government of India and by other developing countries.

LVPEI is a not-for-profit organization governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Center for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative.The Institute's Kallam Anji Reddy campus in Hyderabad is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).

The institute hosts ophthalmology residents from many American medical programs.  In addition, Optometry students from Australia, the United Kingdom and India are represented at the site.

Additional Information
LVPEI is fully equipped with current ophthalmic equipment that includes OCT, Automated Visual Field, Pachymeter, B-Scan and digital fundus camera with fluorescein angiography performed.  Externs can expect to see approximately 25 patients on a very busy day.  Each extern has their own lane and will under the supervision of an Optometry or Ophthalmology Faculty.  The typical clinic day is 9-10 hours long and the extern is expected to work six days per week (Monday through Saturday). The workday will start at 7.00am with a morning class that will have research article presentations, case discussions, faculty lectures and didactic lectures. The patient care will start at 8.15am and will run typically until 6.00pm. This is a more intense experience than you may be accustomed to but the learning experience will be of great benefit.  Given the 6 day work week, the rotation is shortened to 10 weeks.  This will enable a period of adjustment once arriving in India and will also make recreational travel an option.

No phoropters are generally used and refractions are done with trial frames (loose lenses and JCC) or with lens racks in the case of children. This should not be seen as a barrier as it will greatly build retinoscopy and trial frame refraction skills. The student is expected to bring their own retinoscopes, flash light, occluders and +78D and +90D lenses. Trial case, frames, color pencils and other immovable clinical equipment will be provided by the institute.

LVPEI is a multidisciplinary, tertiary care site that provides externs with a diverse clinical experience. Given the availability of supervisors in many specialty areas, rotations can be somewhat customized to include rotations in the following departments in addition to primary eyecare services:

  • Contact lens
  • Low Vision
  • Prosthetics
  • Special Testing
  • Cornea and Anterior Segment
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Cataract
  • Uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Strabismus
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology


Provided. (see below)

Equipment Required


External Rotations


Rooms are provided by LVPEI and are on-campus.  There are 2 same-sex externs per room and a SUNY extern could potentially share a room with a trainee from another institution.  Each room has a bathroom that is shared by it’s occupants.  There is no kitchen; tea and coffee can be obtained on the premises or can be brewed in their rooms.  Wireless internet services is free and available in the room.  The cost of housing is approximately $70 per week.  The campus and its surrounding community are considered safe though as is the case anywhere, common sense should prevail when making decisions about where to go and not go.

Vegetarian-only meals are available on-campus in the cafeteria at a cost of approximately $2.00 per meal.  Numerous off-campus options are available that include TGI Fridays, McDonalds and other local restaurants.

Additional Requirements
Telugu is the official language, and English is spoken and/or understood by many patients. For some patients, Hindi or another dialect (Urdu) are the only languages spoken. The rural clinic would lend to more commonly encountered language barriers.

Vaccines should be obtained as per CDC guidelines. These include malaria prophylaxis, although most locals feel that this is not a significant risk.

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Additional Information
November through February is the ideal time of year to travel to this part of India with maximum temperatures in the 70’s (F). September through October are also comfortable times of the  year.  It is not recommended that you pursue this site during the spring or summer quarters as the temperature becomes quite hot and the rainy season prevails.

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