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Fellowship in Cornea and Ocular Surface

The Fellowship program at LJ Eye Institute has a duration of 18 months, including a posting as a consultant at the Institute for the last three months. The posting as a consultant is, however, subject to the fellow’s competence and performance in the previous 15 months, including the ability to independently diagnose and manage corneal diseases.

The objective of the fellowship program is to make ophthalmologists a comprehensive cornea specialist through intensive clinical evaluation, use of state-of-the-art investigative procedures, medical and surgical treatment of diseases, and also conduct clinically relevant research. The aim is also to provide India and the world with corneal surgeons having the expertise to treat numerous patients in need of cornea care.

The program will include supervised training, development of individual skills, independent decision-making and research in a focused environment of subspecialty care. The emphasis is on corneal disease, ocular surface disorders and refractive surgery, and its interplay with other subspecialties.

The Cornea and anterior segment fellow is expected to be well trained in the following areas.

  • Corneal diseases – diagnosis, evaluation and management, pre-operative planning, surgery, post-operative care, management of complications and research. The main areas of focus would be on ocular surface, corneal infections, paediatric corneal diseases, refractive surgery, corneal ectasias and corneal transplantation.
  • Corneal Imaging – instrument handling, interpretation and research involving various diagnostic tools used for the cornea and anterior segment
  • Trauma – managing anterior segment trauma
  • Microbiology and histopathology – specimen handling and interpretation

CORNEA AND OCULAR SURFACE LIST

  • Glue application:

Cyano-acrylate tissue adhesive application

Fibrin glue

 

  • Trauma:

Corneal tear

Scleral tear

Corneal perforation

Corneal foreign body removal

Intra-cameral foreign body removal

 

  • Keratoplasty:

Therapeutic PK

Tectonic PK

Patch graft

Lamellar surgery (ALK/DSEK/DMEK)

 

  • Ocular Surface:

Amniotic membrane grafting

Pterygium excision + conjunctival autograf

Limbal biopsy

Limbal stem cell transplantation

Boston keratoprosthesis

 

  • Miscellaneous:

Conjunctival Resection Superficial keratectomy

Scleral deroofing

AC tap

EDTA chelation

Alcohol epithelectomy

Superficial keratectomy

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH

  1. Regular scheduled participations in fellow classes (Case presentations, journal clubs, theory discussion) and optometry classes.
  2. Two case reports/ small retrospective study and one large retrospective study/ prospective study are mandatory.
  3. Active participation in various CMEs/ workshops/ wet-labs organized at LJEI.
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