TKCI provides treatment for all corneal diseases under various subspecialties across its 3 tertiary centres at Bhubaneswar, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and the Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad. The range of treatment includes corneal transplantation, dry eye end stage ocular surface diseases, corneal diseases in children, infections and cutting edge laser surgery.


Basic research is conducted into the genetic, molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, pathology, eyebanking and stem cells aspects of corneal disorders. Clinical research includes clinical trials and public health research, particularly epidemiology, on the incidence and prevalence of various corneal conditions.


The Tej Kohli Foundation was founded in 2005 by Tej Kohli and his wife Wendy as an autonomous, non-profit organization. The Foundation’s road map is to eliminate blindness by 2030. The Tej Kohli Foundation is funding the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute (TKCI) where advances in ophthalmology and treatment are being undertaken to eliminate blindness.

Welcome to the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute

Visual impairment is a public health problem of global proportions, affecting 285 million people across the world out of which 39 million people are blind. Ninety percent of those affected by blindness and severe visual impairment live in the poorest countries in the world, where healthcare resources and infrastructure are limited or poorly distributed. The problem of access and affordability can be tackled only through systematic, long-term efforts that result in widespread availability of high quality facilities for eye care, delivered by people who have the technical skills, the resources and the compassion to handle diverse population segments.

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TKCI KEY STATS : 2016 - 2018


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January - December 2018

Call Netra

“Call Netra” a toll free eye care helpline (18002002211) was launched on 12 January 2018 by the Honorable Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu at our secondary center in Nellore. On calling this number, the caller will be able to receive first level of medical advice, available options for treatment and details about the nearest eye care providers in their vicinity.

Question Box

To create awareness about various eye diseases among the general public TKCI has installed Free Telephone Boxes in remote rural areas. A first of its kind initiative, this call box provides access to our Call Netra helpline, LVPEI appointment system and our visual rehabilitation helpline.

Scleral Lens manufacturing unit

LVPEI is the first facility outside Boston, USA, to manufacture the state of the art PROSE and scleral lens. More than 1000 lenses were dispatched in the first year of manufacturing, all within 4 days of order.

Corneal Graft survival since 30yrs and counting

We have been seeing some of our patients who underwent corneal transplantation at LV Prasad Eye Institute over 30 years ago. It is overwhelming and very satisfying to see these patients with crystal clear corneal grafts, 30 years old and counting!

Unique model for training

For the first time a pig head was used for live demonstration and for hands-on training on a unique surgery called Mucous Membrane Grafting.

Partnerships flourish

CL Gupta Eye Institute at Moradabad, UP - a partner institute for TKCI - achieved a phenomenal milestone in declaring 32 villages free of avoidable blindness.

Biosynthetic Cornea workshop

is a road map for the newly developed corneal implants for clinical trial with a vision to reach out to the East African countries including Uganda and Kenya. The meeting was attended by Prof. May Griffith, Senior Research Lead in Vision Health, University of Montreal, TKCI research faculty, chairman of LVPEI and others.

Forging new partnerships

TKCI visited the Instituto de Oftalmologia at the Fundacion se Asistencia Privada Conde de Valenciana IAP, Mexico City

TKCI continues with its initiative of performing cornea transplantation in Liberia, amongst the first in West Africa

Two Ophthalmologists from Myanmar were trained at TKCI and are now headed back to Mandalay and Yangon - The eye bank team from Mandalay Eye and Ear Hospital completed training at TKCI

TKCI faculty members visited Nairobi to forge new partnerships

TKCI visited Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital (HCMCEH) in Vietnam and conducted a three-day workshop on simple limbal epithelial transplantation (SLET), the most-recent advancement in corneal stem cell transplantation, pioneered by LVPEI. Potential partnership areas between TKCI and Vietnam opened up, such as skill transfer courses, faculty exchange programs, eye bank development and sharing of educational resources.

Strengthening Education initiatives

TKCI visited the Instituto de Oftalmologia at the Fundacion se Asistencia Privada Conde de Valenciana IAP, Mexico City

9 CMEs, workshops and training programs were conducted

ECHO clinics complete an ambitious year of educating cornea specialists, fellows and residents. Currently, TKCI runs 4 ECHO clinics on infection, corneal diagnostics, keratoplasty and for residents

TKCI launched its first Keratoconus Patient Support group to increase awareness among the public and provide information to patients with this condition

Raising awareness about Keratoconus

Team TKCI conducted a school screening programme to create awareness about this disease. A simple cardboard placido disc was used to screen high school students in schools in Hyderabad. Radio Mirchi’s RJ Shadab, a Keratoconus patient, also joined the screening and spoke to the students

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