Year of establishment: 1964
The departmental separate building was constructed from a donation from Bhuvalka trust. MCI inspection was done in 1981 and approved the MS Ophthalmology degree. MS Ophthalmology has been awarded to 154 students; DOMS was awarded to 6 and PhD to 2 students. The major research activities include amniotic membrane and limbal stem cell transplantation in ocular surface disorders in collaboration with Department of Zoology and role of prostaglandins in open angle glaucoma. Techniques in the department include a scan biometry, Nd Yag laser for posterior capsulotomy and iridotomy, automated perimeter for visual field charting. The department is providing free eye-relief camps in Varanasi for combating blindness. In the last 5 years, 10 papers in International journals, 50 in National journals and 3 chapters in books have been published. The Department has organized national and state level conferences (4), Workshops (4) and Seminar on Eye Banking.