Aravind Eye Hospital is one of the well known hospitals of Madurai that is quite popular with the local people and those of the surrounding areas. Patients come here from other countries like Nigeria, Srilanka, Sultanate of Oman, Maldives and even the USA for treatment. The hospital is the headquarters for the Madurai Eye Bank Association and receives eyeball donations from institutions throughout the country and the USA.
Aravind Eye Hospital was started in 1976 with the aim of reaching out to the regions of rural Tamil Nadu and establish primary eye care facilities called Vision Centres. These centres provide high quality and affordable services to the rich and poor alike. Aravind Hospital procures more than 4000 eyes and performs about 1400 corneal transplants annually. Those eyeballs which cannot be used for transplants are used for various research and development programs.
Aravind Eye Hospital operates full-fledged super specialty clinics that are operated by highly-qualified specialists. The specialties include Retina and Vitreous, Cornea, Glaucoma, IOL, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Uvea and Orbit & Oculoplasty.