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Dr. Nikhil Rishikeshi

Dr. Nikhil Rishikeshi

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Ophthalmologist/ Eye Surgeon

22 Years Experience Overall  (20 years as specialist)

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Dr. Nikhil Rishikeshi is an experienced Pediatric Ophthalmologist. After having completed post-graduation in Ophthalmology, Dr. Rishikeshi did a long- term Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and then went to AIIMS, New Delhi to work with the most reputed and experienced Squint Surgeon in India. He has performed more than 5,000 successful Pediatric Eye Surgeries and has a passion for the subject.Soon thereafter Dr. Rishikeshi went and worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, U.K and then presented his research on Nystagmus Surgeries at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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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


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Pediatric eye care
Phaco Surgery
Squint Surgery
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Stitchless cataract surgery
Vitro Retina
Contact Lens


MBBS - Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, 1997
DOMS - Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, 2000


AAO - American Academy of Ophthalmology
Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society
Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology Society of India
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
Pune Ophthalmological Society


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1998 - 2000 Resident Doctor at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni
2000 - 2003 Assistant Lecturer - Ophthalmology at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni
2003 - 2004 Medical Officer at Lion's Eye Hospital
2006 - 2007 Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology at HV Desai Eye Hospital
2007 - 2007 Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology at AIIMS


87391 Maharashtra Medical Council, 1998

Trainings and Certifications

Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology - PBMA's H. V. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune, 2008
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