Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship

The primary goal of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital is to provide supervised, clinical training, in the examination, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatments of ocular and visual system disorders in neonates, infants and children as well as eye movement disorders and strabismus in adults.

The training helps to promote the development of an ophthalmologist who has the appropriate level of knowledge, skills, and competence to work independently and effectively as a consultant in pediatric ophthalmology. During the fellowship, the fellow will be oriented in setting up a pediatric ophthalmology service in their service area. At the end of the fellowship the fellow will be confident in comprehensive assessment of a child with a visual / ocular problem. He/ she will also be able to diagnose and manage acute and chronic illness / injury.

The fellow will work with multidisciplinary team to provide rehabilitation to children with vision disabilities and Low Vision problems. The fellow will get a chance to be involved in research projects and be familiar with all the latest literature and developments in the field.

The fellow will also be exposed to community outreach programmes mostly concentrating on detection of ocular problems in children at community level including screening programmes in schools.

The first phase (6 months) of the fellowship will be spent in training fellows in basic pediatric and adult strabismus along with adult cataract surgery. The next six months will be spent in training in advanced pediatric and adult strabismus. Adequate exposure in neuro-ophthalmology will also be provided.  The fellow will also be involved in ROP screening, Imaging and Electrophysiological evaluation.

Final six months of the fellowship will be spent independent work with special orientation to set up a new Paediatric Ophthalmology unit. Regular teaching sessions will be conducted with informal and formal diadactic teaching ,clinical case discussions, demonstration of various evaluation procedures both in person and by using audio visual methods (recorded video and CD’s) teaching and assisting surgeries, provision of appropriate clinical material for reading in the form of books, Journals, Videos and Cd’s etc. Efforts will be made to record the actual surgical procedure of the trainee as and when needed, mainly to facilitate self-assessment.

This is a well-structured fellowship with equal emphasis on clinical and surgical training, along with teaching and research work. At the end of the fellowship, the ophthalmologist will be confident of managing academic/ private paediatric ophthalmology practice.