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Dr. Santosh G Honavar

Dr. Santosh G Honavar

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MBBS, MD - Ophthalmology, Fellow of American College of Surgeons(FACS)

Ophthalmologist/ Eye Surgeon

29 Years Experience Overall  (28 years as specialist)

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Dr. Honavar had his basic medical education at the Bangalore Medical College. He was the Best Graduate of the Bangalore University in 1988 and was awarded seven gold medals. He received post-graduate training in Ophthalmology, followed by senior residency at the Dr. RP Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi. During his residency training at the AIIMS, he was adjudged the Best Resident. Dr. Honavar further trained in Ocular Oncology at the Wills Eye Institute, USA. He thereafter established the comprehensive Ocular Oncology Service at the LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, the first such in the country. He currently heads the Department of Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, Orbit and Ocular Oncology at the Centre for Sight, Hyderabad.Dr. Honavar’s current research interests comprise of retinoblastoma, tumors of the ocular surface, and orbit. Dr. Honavar’s overall research contributions that have had very significant impact on the diagnosis and management of retinoblastoma and its outcome. He has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals (over 150 manuscripts) and has written several book chapters.

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Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

Centre for Sight


8-2-269/A/2/1-6, Road Number 2, Ashok Capital Building, Landmark: Opposite KVR Park, Hyderabad

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09:00 - 04:00


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


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Ocular Oncology
Eyelid Tumor
Conjunctival Tumours
Uveal Melanoma
Intraocular Tumours
Orbital Tumours
Plaque Brachytherapy

Awards and Recognitions

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Pfizer National Award - 1990
Col. Rangachari Gold Medal, All India Ophthalmological Society - 1992
ARVO-Santen International Fellowship, ARVO, USA - 1996
Zeigler International Fellowship, Orbis International, New York, USA - 1999
Young Scientist Award, Indian Society of Oncology - 2000


MBBS - University of Bangalore, 1987
MD - Ophthalmology - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi,, 1992
Fellow of American College of Surgeons(FACS) - American College of Surgeons, 2002


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All India Ophthalmological Society
Oculoplastics Association of India (OPAI)
Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Oncology and Pathology
International Society of Ocular Oncology


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1992 - 1995 Senior Resident at All India Institute of Medical Sciences
1995 - 2013 Head of the Department, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery and Ocular Oncology, Associate Director, LVPEI at LV Prasad Eye Institute
1999 - 2000 Fellow at Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2001 - 2013 Adjunct Professor at University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY, USA
2011 - 2013 Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, OH, USA


27267 Karnataka Medical Council, 1988

Trainings and Certifications

Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 1995
Fellowship in Ocular Oncology - Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2000
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