Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre
Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre
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Ophthalmic Assistant (OA) Training

The OAs working at the IGEHRC hospitals are girls from the surrounding areas, usually rural, who receive intensive training for two years. The earlier batches of Ophthalmic Assistants were trained at the Aravind Eye Care system, and now work as supervisors and trainers of the new batches joining the hospitals. The training schedule includes six months of general training, and then, according to aptitude, department-specific training for one-and-a-half years. The latter training is conduced by the doctors as well as supervisor Ophthalmic Assistants. Theory classes, practical and on-the-job training conclude with examinations, after which the successful trainees are recruited as part of the hospital staff.

The Ophthalmic Assistants receive specific training in the following department:

  • Registration
  • Medical records
  • Out-patient services
  • General ophthalmology
  • Refraction
  • Counselling
  • In-patient services
  • Operation theatre services
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Opticals & Grinding( Spectacle making)
  • Patient services for the outreach programme

One of the advantages of training the Ophthalmic Assistants within the system is that not only are they fully trained in the protocols, procedures and systems that are unique to IGEHRC, they also imbibe the IGEHRC caring and compassionate culture, that is carried forward through them.

Training of Trainers has also been initiated recently during which Ophthalmic Assistant supervisors are trained by doctors in skills up-gradation and training of junior or trainee Ophthalmic Assistants.