Tej Kohli Cornea Institute

A New View
On Life

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is one of the world’s eminent institutions for R&D, preventative medicine and corneal transplants. Since 2016 it has seen more than 180,000 outpatients and carried out more than 17,000 cornea replacement surgeries, largely for free. The Institute also delivers prevention, treatment and cures for corneal blindness within some of the world’s poorest communities in remote and rural areas.

TKCI KEY STATS : 2016 - 2018

Outpatients visits
Corneal surgeries performed
Donor corneas collected
Donor corneas utilized
MK medium produced

Countless lives changed
Tej Kohli Cornea Institute: Patient Stories

Tej Kohli Cornea Institute Advisory Board

Many people who are blighted by blindness and other ophthalmic issues are prevented them from participating in society. For many it means being cast out due to their lack of ability to contribute financially. We must not allow this to continue in the 21st century. It is our duty to step in and support with passion, pride, hard work and our guarantee of a financial commitment.

Tej Kohli

We are proud of our longstanding history and global reputation in the area of ophthalmology. We now have a vital opportunity to extend our work as new technologies can be implemented to help in reducing corneal blindness. We hope to enhance our activities significantly and continue to develop a Global Resource Centre for corneal blindness. We will increase the number of surgeries we undertake and work towards our own goal of eliminating avoidable blindness.

Dr Gullapalli N Rao

There is an estimated 23 million individuals worldwide who have unilateral corneal blindness while 4.9 million are bilaterally blind. Corneal blindness may be treated by donor cornea transplantation but there is a severe shortage: 53% of the global population has no access to human donor corneas. The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute’s efforts to eliminate cornea blindness range from community health and prevention, expansion of eye banking efforts and quality medical care, all the way to the development of regenerative new biotechnologies.

Dr May Griffiths

Game-Changing Partnership

The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute is a partnership with the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI).

Today, LVPEI is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for prevention of blindness and a pioneer in developing eye health models for underserved areas of the developing world.

LVPEI was established in 1987 with the aim of bringing world-class eye care to the Indian population. Since then, several milestones have been achieved, in each of the areas of engagement, from patient care to training to basic and applied eye research.

Meet The Team

Aravind Roy

Ashuthosh Ricchariya

D Balasubramanian

Beula Christy

Bhupesh Bagga

Bidula Das

Dr Charanya Ramachandran

Chitra Kannabiran

C Jagadesh Reddy

Dr. Dilip Kumar Mishra

Gullapalli N Rao

Inderjeet Kaur

Indumathi Mariappan

Dr. Jaganmohan Reddy

Joveeta Joseph

J V Raghava

Merle Fernandes

Mukesh Taneja

Muralidhar Ramappa

Dr. Paavan Kalra

Prashant Garg

Dr. Pratik Yeswant Gogri

Pravin Krishna Vaddavalli

Raghu Ram Vyas

Ramam Atmakuri

Rohit Khanna

Dr. Ruchi Mittal

Sanhita Roy

Dr. Sayali Sane

Sayan Basu

Shrikant R. Bharadwaj

S Shivaji

Dr.Siddharth R Yadav

Dr.Smruti Rekha Priyadarshini

Somasheila Murthy

Srikant Sahu

Savitri Sharma

Subhabrata Chakrabarti

Subhashini Sade

Sujata Das

Sunita Chaurasia

Dr. Bhalerao Sushank Ashok

Dr.Swapna Shanbhag

Vivek Singh

Varsha Rathi

Thakur Vishal Singh

Simon Townsley photographic study

In 2019 renowned photographer Simon Townsley undertook a photographic study for The Telegraph that investigated the lives of young people living with a rare genetic condition (XP) in India. XP causes vision to quickly detiorate into blindness, and the study followed young people as they had their vision restored by the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute.

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