The first incarnation of the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute was established in 2015 at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, a World Health Organization collaborating centre that is a global leader in research and development, preventative medicine and Corneal transplants.


Between 2016 and the end of 2019 the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute welcomed 223,404 outpatients, completed 43,255 surgical procedures, collected 38,225 donor corneas into its eye bank, utilized 22,176 donor corneas, trained 152 clinicians, published 202 papers and gave 892 educational presentations.  In 2019 alone, 5,736 patients were cured of preventable blindness.


Stories of the patients whose lives were transformed by free treatment at the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute can be watched on the Tej Kohli Foundation YouTube channel:


The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute was also uniquely adept at solving the problems of reaching people living with blindness or visual impairment in the hard-to-reach rural areas where 66% of Indians live.  Eye care clinics were taken to villages by mobile diagnostics vans where makeshift operating theatres were constructed. 


In 2020, the focus turned to finding ways to introduce affordable and sustainable treatments. From this focus came the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation. This become a large scale organisation that saw the alliance of Tej Kohli and Dr Sanduk Ruit take their efforts into countries like Nepal and cure thousands more people of needless blindness. Now in 2022, the pair have used the foundation to cure  nearly 14,000 people and aim to cure more and more. 

From here, the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute has grown immensely and has proudly become the Tej Kohli and Ruit Foundation. This is a partnership of Mr Tej Kohli and Dr Sanduk Ruit who share the vision to cure needless blindness. 


The biggest challenge in deploying large-scale projects of intervention which can effectively prevent, alleviate and cure needless and avoidable forms of blindness was infrastructure. 


The cost of performing a corneal transplant operation falls drastically when using human-donated cornea rather than synthetic ones.


To make this option accessible, it required the building of eye bank infrastructure, as well as the processes needed for harvesting cornea in a timely way.

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute supported the build of, and relied heavily upon, this eye bank infrastructure, which now serves as a sustainable template model that can be adopted elsewhere.


A core component in the fight to end avoidable corneal blindness was technology transfer


Therefore in the United Kingdom, the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute committed to building a UK research network which was dedicated to 'maintaining the surface of the eye in a clear and transparent state'.

Our UK Centre For Interdisciplinary Innovation also funded and supported groundbreaking new research and treatments in the United Kingdom which can then be transferred into the poor and devel communities where needless corneal blindness remains highly pervasive.