Elite School of Optometry / Sankara Nethralaya Highlights Activities from June 2021 to August 2021

M. Optom Batch 2019 – Placement details

Elite School of Optometry, (ESO) since its inception in 1985 has consistently produced graduates who meet the global standards in the field of Optometry with 100% job placement. The institute offers Master of Optometry (M. Optom.), a research-intensive two-year degree program in collaboration With SASTRA, Deemed-to-be-University. ESO stands as a role model in the domains of academics, research, and community work in the field of Optometry and continues to provide world class optometrists for service to the country. Till date, 708 students have graduated with Bachelor’s degrees, 122 with Master’s degrees and 10 have obtained Doctorate in Philosophy from ESO.

The scope of optometry is enormous. It includes clinical role at hospitals in the outpatient clinics, diagnostic services, and in speciality clinics in the following domains such as Dispensing Opticals, Contact Lens clinic, Binocular Vision clinic, Low Vision Care clinic, Myopia clinic, Neuro Optometry Rehabilitation clinic, Special Children vision clinic, Ocular Prosthesis clinic, and Community Outreach and Occupational Optometry services. Optometrists also play a key role as researchers, academicians, administrators, private practitioners and entrepreneurs.

This year too, ten graduates from ESO in collaboration with SASTRA Deemed to be University have passed out with flying colours from the M Optom program. They have acquired unique roles as lecturers at Elite school of Optometry, clinical and research optometrists at Sankara Nethralaya and pursuant of doctoral studies (details are given below). We congratulate them and wish the best for their future endeavours!

World Class Research Projects by Elite School of Optometry

The first batch of students of the Master of Optometry (M. Optom.), a two year program, completed their final defense on 18th and 19th of June 2021. The areas of their research work were diverse, including myopia, health economics, and diagnostics in retinal conditions: glaucoma, cerebral visual impairment, contact lenses, uveitis in tuberculosis and sports vision.

Experts from the fields were invited as external examiners for their final examination. Experts unanimously agreed that the students did excellent work amidst the grueling pandemic. Dr. Padmaja Sankaridurg from the Brien Holden Vision Institute and University of New South Wales, Dr Aparna Raghuram from the Harvard Medical School & Boston Children Hospital, Dr Ahalya Subramaniam from the City University of London, Dr Arun kumar from the Scheie University Pennsylvania, and Dr Abrez Hussain from the Vision Eye Institute, Australia, were the examiners. They appreciated the extensive research work of the students and guides, and ESO’s world class quality of research.

The details of the research projects are:

R. Aishwarya

Screening for cerebral visual impairment in children reporting to the pediatric ophthalmology

Akshaya C Balakrishnan

Vault-Aberration-Vision relationship in Boston Scleral Contact Lens

Amirthaa M

Near Induced Transient Myopia (NITM) parameters after reading with mobile phone compared to printed text among school children

Jannet Philip

Development Of A Tele Rehabilitation Model in children with cerebral visual impairment (CVI): A Pilot study

Karthika P

Structural and functional changes among diabetics with no diabetic retinopathy and mild non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography
and Photopic Negative Response


Swept- source Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography Analysis of Tubercular Serpiginous Like Choroiditis-A Prospective Study

Maanasi M

Assessing the features of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy in Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography.

Mehal Prasanpal Rathore

Diagnostic ability of OCT Angiography and its application in the assessment of ocular blood flow in patients with Glaucoma and age-matched normal subjects in an Indian Sample

Robin S

Development and validation of KAP questionnaire among cricketers

Swetha S

Cost Analysis of Sankara Nethralaya School children Eye Examination Study (SN-SEES)


Elite school of Optometry in collaboration With SASTRA Deemed-to-be University offers Bachelor of Optometry, a four year undergraduate optometry degree program. The first batch of students from this degree program have completed their final exams and expected to graduate this year. Detailed evaluation components included performance for independent OPD cases, speciality clinics, diagnostic clinics, Viva voce and an all subject theory examination apart from the continuous assessments.

Despite the COVID 19 pandemic, students of this batch were appreciated for their efforts and preparation towards the exam and all the evaluators gave good feedback on their performance.

Speciality Clinics

OSPE – OSCE (Diagnostics Interpretation)


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