Merle Fernandes

Merle Fernandes

Director, LVPEI, Visakhapatnam & Consultant, Cornea and Anterior Segment Services Email:

Merle Fernandes completed her under- and post-graduate training at Goa Medical College, Goa and did a fellowship in Cornea and Anterior Segment at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad in 2001. She completed a post doctoral fellowship in Ocular Surface Immunology, under the mentorship of Professor Reza Dana at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston in 2015.

Currently, she is a Network Director at LVPEI. Dr Fernandes is the Medical Director of the Mohsin Eye Bank, a community eye bank managed by Hyderabad Eye Institute and VEBART Trust in Visakhapatnam. She is also the head of the Cornea and Anterior Segment service at LVPEI, Visakhapatnam.

Her main foci of interests are corneal transplantation in children, ocular surface disorders and management of infectious diseases of the cornea. Besides this she does cataract and refractive surgery. In addition to clinical service, her research work has led to publications in international and national peer reviewed literature and she has presented several papers in India and abroad. She is a reviewer for journals like British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Cornea and Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.