Eye department has been working in Mayo Hospital since its inception in 1871, then combined with ENT. In 1948 Eye & ENT were separated and Professor Ramzan Ali Syed became the first head of Ophthalmic Unit.
The purpose built Institute of Ophthalmology was built in 1984 to meet the ever increasing demands of teaching and training, the Undergraduates, Postgraduates and to cater to the ophthalmic needs of ever increasing population of Lahore and Punjab. There are 3 working units in this institute, chaired by the Chairperson Department of Ophthalmology Prof. Dr. Muhammad Moin, with separate heads of three units. Unit 3 was created in 2001 primarily for Preventive Ophthalmology, Vision Sciences, Childhood Blindness and Supra-Specialty Development. The unit was meant to provide human resource for the projects of the then Punjab Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology, now COAVS. In addition to the human resource, this unit provides the learning grounds and training to allied vision specialists as well as periphery based ophthalmologists. This Unit is providing all the clinical material (Patients in OPD, OT, Faculty for teaching) required for training of District Eye Specialist , Orientation workshops for GDMOS and paramedics of Punjab, running of different centers e.g Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center, Low Vision Clinic, Conduction of Out reach activities and to run the courses for Ophthalmologists, Doctors, Nurses and Allied Vision Sciences personnel like Fellowship in Vitreoretina, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Orbit and Oculoplastics, Masters in Community Eye Health, Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing, BSc Hons Programme in Optometry, Orthoptics, Investigative Ophthalmology, and Ophthalmic Technician training course.
To cultivate excellence in quality eyecare provision to eradicate all forms of Blindness in Pakistan
- Provision of quality eyecare to eradicate all forms of blindness in Pakistan
- Human resource Development in Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences
- District eye care programme to upgrade/establish eye units at all levels of health care
- Disease control projects to address leading causes of avoidable blindness e.g Cataract, Glaucoma, Corneal Opacities, Refractive Errors, Diabetes related blindness and Age related Macular degeneration
- Awareness campaigns about preventable causes of blindness and outreach programs
- Producing cadres of Paediatric Ophthalmologists, Vitreo-retinal specialists and Orbit and Oculoplastics Surgeons in addition to General Ophthalmologists of the highest caliber.
Eye unit 3 is an academically active and robust unit. In addition to being the hub of Undergraduate teaching, it is also the unit catering to the greatest number of Post Graduate Residents as well as supra-specialty fellows. The regular educational activities in an annual calendar include:
1. Regular ward teaching catering to half of the under-graduate fourth year MBBS and their ward assessments
2. Fourth year lectures, assessments, attendance records and examination co-ordination
3. Conduction of Undergrad practical exams
4. Regular (bi-weekly) post-graduate teaching sessions and journal clubs
5. Organization of Annual Preparatory Course for Post-Graduate Students appearing in FCPS, MS, FRCS examinations.
6. Hosting of OSP Lahore educational program “OSP Clinical Meeting” as per the intimated schedule
7. Organization of pre-conference workshops as part of KE Annual Symposium
20+ Research projects underway of post-graduate level encompassing Cornea and anterior segment, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Vitreo-retina, Orbit and Oculoplastics and Preventive Ophthalmology.
1. Newly renovated library/reading room on the ward floor
2. Refurbishment of the Conference Room for organization of lectures
3. Addition of new and upgradation of existing Operating Room facilities
4. Upgradation of infrastructure actively underway
1. Cataract and anterior segment surgeries including corneal transplants
2. Glaucoma clinic and advanced glaucoma lasers and surgeries
3. Paediatric clinic and paediatric surgery facilities including screening and advanced management of ROP and Retinoblastoma
4. Vitreo-retinal clinic and Advanced vitreo-retinal surgeries
5. Orbit and oculopastics clinic, endolaser DCRs, Optic nerve sheath fenestration, Orbitotomies and all oculoplastic surgeries
6. Strabismus clinic and orthoptic assessment and complex squint management
7. Refraction Clinic
8. Low Vision Clinic
9. Diagnostic wing (OCT, FFA, ERG, Biometry, Lees Screen, B-scan)
10. Laser room (YAG, Argon)
11. Community Ophthalmology / outreach Programmes.