Training Program: International Candidates Cornea/ Cataract and Refractive Surgery


This intensive training program in Cornea/ Cataract and Refractive Surgery is designed for international ophthalmologists seeking to enhance their expertise in cataract management, management of anterior segment disorders such as keratoconus, dry eyes and correction of refractive error. Preference will be given to candidates having clinical experience (preferably in a cornea unit of a multispecialty hospital, as senior resident or junior consultant) before joining.

The curriculum is meticulously structured to provide comprehensive training in the diagnosis, medical & surgical management, and research aspects of corneal diseases, external eye conditions and refractive surgery. By the end of this program, trainees will be well-prepared to practice independently as well-rounded Cornea/ Cataract & Refractive specialists.

Who can apply?

Essential Qualifications: International candidates in possession of Post Graduate qualification in Ophthalmology in modern medicine stream (MS Ophthalmology or equivalent).  Post Graduate Diploma holders (DO/ DOMS & Equivalent) may also apply.  The applicant must be registered to practice ophthalmology independently in his own country.

Desirable Qualification : Ophthalmologists already comfortable with handling operating microscope and having clinical experience (preferably in a cornea unit of a multispecialty hospital, as senior resident or junior consultant) at their hospital/ institute/ center.

Duration of Course

The course shall be spread over a period of 12 – 24 weeks depending upon the previous experience and skills of candidate.  Course curriculum and duration shall be customized after perusal of resume and interview.

Course Fees

The course fee shall depend on duration and pre-training experience and skill of the candidate.  Narayana Nethralaya does not have accommodation facilities.  The trainees are required to arrange for their accommodation and transport themselves. Please email candidate details to [email protected] for more information.


The primary objective of this curriculum is to ensure comprehensive training experience for the fellows in Cataract/ Corneal/ Refractive Surgery progressively leading into development of an individual who is able to establish and manage clinical practice with highest ethical and moral standards in the specified field and is an asset to the society (well-rounded ophthalmologist capable of independent practice and contributing to the field of ophthalmology).

Clinical Exposure:

  • Develop competence in diagnosing acute and chronic anterior segment anomalies.
  • Enhanced diagnostic techniques, UBM, Lipiview/ i-Trace/ Confocal microscopy/ Meibography/ OQAS)
  • Gain proficiency in performing therapeutic dry eye procedures like Eyelight, Lipiflow
  • Learn about the management of severe chemical injuries to the anterior segment.
  • Independently handle routine follow up cases of keratoconus and post- refractive surgery.
  • Triage patients requiring special attention such as Post LASIK ectasia, Regression
  • Gain expertise in the diagnosis and management of sterile and non-sterile infiltrates
  • Wet-lab for ICL/ IPCL and microkeratome

Surgical Skills

  • Understand the risks and benefits of anterior segment surgeries.
  • Observe and assist in routine anterior segment surgeries, SICS, phacoemulsification, Corneal collagen cross-linking, LASIK and Trans-PRK
  • Perform basic anterior segment evaluations under supervision.
  • Manage complex cases of conjunctivitis, tear film insufficiency, and contact lens-related disorders.
  • Conduct more advanced diagnostic tests such as corneal topography.
  • Observe and actively participate in planning and execution of INTACs procedure, SMILE surgeries etc

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Continued Evaluation – The fellow shall be continuously monitored and counseled by the mentor/ guide on daily basis. The mentor/ guide shall make an endorsement of such counseling guidance in the fellow’s Log Book.
  • Periodic Evaluation – At the end of each month, the fellow has to present the Log book for the particular month for evaluation by HOD (may be in the form of an excel document via email). The Log book should consist of details of surgeries observed/ assisted/ performed independently, if any, along with list of cases seen or treated. 

Monitoring of operative skills 

  • Wet lab training under supervision.
  • Surgery performed under supervision (Fellows will perform surgeries under supervision till an appraisal is given by the faculty regarding the competence level to handle independent surgeries). 

Statutory Considerations 

The candidate will be required to seek permission (in the form of Temporary Registration) from National Medical Commission of India under Section 34 of NMC Act. Candidates are advised to follow link for detailed instructions and Registration process.  This process may take 2 – 3 months. 


Prof. Dr. Rohit Shetty DNB, FRCS, PhD, Chairman Narayana Nethralaya, Corneal & Refractive Surgeon (See bio data at

Dr. Naren Shetty, Vice Chairman Narayana Nethralaya, Cataract & Refractive Surgeon (See bio data at

Dr Sharon D’Souza, Consultant Corneal & Refractive Surgery (See Bio data at

Dr Pooja Khamar, Consultant Cataract & Refractive Surgery (See Bio data at

For any queries NN can be contacted at
📧 Email: [email protected]
📞 Call: +91 95131 44766 (HR Department)/
📞 Call: +91 96324 19350 (Dr Sriharsha Nagaraj, Academic Director)


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