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Dr. Atheeshwar Das

Dr. Atheeshwar Das

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MBBS, DO, DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS (Glasgow)

Ophthalmologist/ Eye Surgeon

17 Years Experience Overall  (14 years as specialist)

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Dr. Atheeshwar Das, consultant ophthalmologist at Medicare Eye Clinic & Apollo Specialty Hospitals is an achiever who elucidates this saying with his career graph. He completed his MBBS in 2000 with flying colors and was awarded the Dr. Chandra Bose gold medal for standing first in clinical medicine in state of Tamil Nadu, by IMA (Indian Medical Association). He completed his postgraduate training in ophthalmology from the world-renowned Aravind Eye Care System in the year 2006. He was adjudged the best outgoing student of his class at Aravind Eye Hospital and postgraduate training institute in the year 2006. He passed the international council of ophthalmology assessment exams in the year 2005 and 2007. He was recognized as a high volume cataract surgeon at Aravind Eye Care System. He has completed his FRCS (Glasgow, Scotland) and is an accomplished phaco surgeon with over 25000 cataract surgeries to his credit. He was the phaco trainer at Aravind Eye Hospital and was instrumental in setting up the phaco-wet lab and training doctors from Bangladesh, China and Thailand. He completed his fellowship training in Vitreo-retinal Surgery, at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. He’s one of the few comprehensive ophthalmic surgeons in the world capable of performing phaco, LASIK and vitreo retinal surgeries.

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Common questions & answers

Q: Who is an Ophthalmologist?

A: An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor specialised in vision and eye care. Unlike other specialisations in eye care, ophthalmologists attend to almost all kinds of eye disorders and related issues. Since they are doctors, they can refer patients to other specialists even if the disease is not eye related.

Q: Is an Ophthalmologist different from an Optometrist?

A: Yes. Both of them are very much different. Although ophthalmologists and optometrists both provide vision and eye care, an optometrist attends to common eye disorders and certain chronic diseases like glaucoma, while an ophthalmologist, along with the common disorders, can take up more complex eye disorders that even require surgery.

Q: Can an Ophthalmologist perform surgery?

A: Yes, ophthalmologists can perform surgery as they tend to have years of training and experience. Many ophthalmologists obtain subspecialty training in areas like eyelid surgery, retinal surgery or pediatric surgery. Others perform surgery based on requirements of the local hospitals or surgical centres.

Q: How can an Ophthalmologist help for Cataract?

A: Ophthalmologists initially perform eye exams like slit-lamp exam, retinal exam, and visual acuity test. Once cataract is diagnosed, there are certain steps that the patient should follow. Cataract can be removed only with surgery. During surgery, the eye’s natural cloudy lens is replaced by an artificial lens by the surgeon, thus resolving the issue.

Q: Should one visit an Ophthalmologist for contact lenses?

A: An ophthalmologist can indeed prescribe contact lenses. Even optometrists can prescribe contact lenses and hence it is not necessary that one should visit an ophthalmologist only. Both of them can perform eye exams for the same and the patient can visit either of them

Awards and Recognitions

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Dr. G Venkataswamy National Gold Medal In DNB Ophthalmology - 2009
Dr. Chandrabose Gold Medal in Clinical Medicine - 2002
Best Paper in Vitreo - Retinal surgery - AIOC - 2009
Best Paper in Galucoma - AIOC - 2009
Young Achiever in Digambar Jain Community - 2010


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MBBS - Rajah muthiah medical college, 2003
DO - Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, 2006
DNB - Ophthalmology - National Board of Examination, India, 2008


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All India Ophthalmological Society
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)
Asia Pacific Association of Ophthalmologists
Tamil Nadu Ophthalmological Association
Madras City Ophthalmological Association


2011 - 2014 Chief Medical Officer at Maxivision Eye Hospital
2008 - 2011 Registrar,Vitreo Retinal Serviceas at Sankara Nethralaya
2008 - 2009 Consultant Ophthalmologist at Agarwal's Eye Hospital
2008 - 2009 Consultant Ophthalmologist at Sankara Eye Hospital
2006 - 2008 Senior Resident at Aravind Eye Hospital


72683 Tamil Nadu Medical Council, 2003
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