Programs in Community Eye Health

In the pursuit of excellent and equitable eye care delivery, LVPEI realized early on that building human resources is vital for increasing the reach of eye care services. To achieve this, GPR ICARE (Gullapalli Prathiba Rao International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care) has been offering training programs in the areas of community eye health and eye health management since its inception. Community eye health extends the traditional individual patient-based clinical practice of ophthalmology to the assessment and facilitation of good eye health in the population as a whole. The principle of community eye health is to apply the knowledge of eye care to the community to reduce blindness and visual impairment. This specialized area of study aims to help professionals and programs focus on delivering quality eye care to benefit the community as a whole.

The training programmes offered fron this centre range from training of community health workers who work at the grassroots level in the community to PhD. Several refresher courses and short programmes are offered around the year to keep the working professionals abreast with the latest developments and for reinforcing the basics in their work. Diploma programmes in Community Eye Health and Eye Health Management are the flagship programmes offered from this centre.

Dr Ramachandra Pararajasegaram, former WHO Regional Advisor and Consultant, and former President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness(IAPB)have been a major influence on LVPEI’s community eye health initiatives ever since its inception. To acknowledge Prof Pararajasegaram’s role and guidance, GPR ICARE’s educational component was named the “Ramachandra Pararajasegaram Community Eye Health Education Centre” in his honor on 17 October 2011, LVPEI’s 25th Foundation Day.

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Master's in Community Eye Health - Online program

Masters in Community Eye Health is a unique, flexible fully online program that is offered in collaboration with University of New South Wales, Australia. The program has been developed to facilitate career advancement opportunities for various professionals working in the field of health, particularly in eye care. The courses offered in this program provide enough opportunities to expose the candidate to a very challenging learning environment through video and audio lectures, online discussions, quizzes and several group activities using the technology available. The program consists of six courses and a research project.

Interested participants can enroll for individual courses and the Masters’ degree is awarded to the participants who complete six courses along with the research project.

For course enrollment and complete details please write to Dr.Srinivas Marmamula (

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Introduction to Community Eye Health

Epidemiology of Blinding Eye Diseases

Program Management And Evaluation (PME)

Diploma Courses

(a) Community Eye Health

This 6 months course aims to impart knowledge and skills required to prevent and treat visual impairment and rehabilitate the blind and the visually impaired to improve the quality of lives of those suffering from eye ailments and also benefit the society. The skills learnt from this program can be applied to other health care and development programs. The program meets the broad objectives of the global 'VISION 2020: The Right to Sight' program.

Brochure - 2018 (Short version) - Admission is in progress

Brochure - (Long version)

Application form - 2017

Map depicting the total numbers trained

(b) Eye Health Management

This one year course aimed to impart training in comprehensive eye health management at an eye hospital or eye care center and enable successful participants to efficiently and effectively manage the resources and deliver comprehensive eye care.

Brochure - 2017

Application form - 2017

Certificate courses

(a) Community Eye Health

This one month course aims to provide an overview on key concepts in community eye health in a nutshell. Specifically designed for mid-level and higher level managers and optometrists who want to get into Community Eye Health, this course covers topics such as Community Needs Assessment, Basic Concepts in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, planning and management of eye care programs among other topics. This course is a shorter version of Diploma in Community Eye Health (DCEH) program.

Brochure - 2017

Application form - 2017

(b) Program Management And Evaluation (PME)

The core objectives of this two week course are (a) To impart basic knowledge of various processes in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (b) To impart basic skills in general administration for effective resource management (c)To improve the skills of managers in the areas of financial planning and management and make eye care programs cost-effective.


Application form-2017