National Eye Hospital of Sri Lanka: About Us

About National Eye Hospital


Our Vision

We take care your vision as the leader in South Asia

Our Mission

As a centre of excellence in the eye care service in Sri Lanka, this institute provides adequate quality services to satisfy patients through maximum tertiary level eye care with advance technology and with kindness of well trained staff and well maintain quality. It also gives necessary training and guidance for all categories of staff in the eye care service in Sri Lanka. We Support and conduct community eye care programs also in Sri Lanka.


Eye Hospital has a long history in the health care of Sri Lanka. This is the tertiary care hospital with the centre of excellence which was established in 1905. It gives services to all categories of all eye related problems either medically or surgically. Patients are referred from all parts of the island for the specialized management.
The practice of Ophthalmology involves the promotion of eye health, preservation of sight provocation of blindness, restoration of vision, enhancement of abnormal vision and enhancement of fractional vision .The National Eye Hospital of Colombo provide the above mentioned service to the entire nation since the inception 1962 from the current premises.
Receiving the certificate of Merit at the Annual Health Excellence Award - 2010, is one of the achievements to prove our services in eye care. It is because of the hard work of the entire staff of the hospital for this achievement. Establishment of the Eye Bank at the hospital premises itself is one of the mile stone achieved in this era to provide corneal tissue for the corneal transplantation. Providing the spectacles for the elders and the school children from the hospital itself note the completeness of services to the patients. We started provide free intra ocular lens to the needy people with the help of donors.
The Out Patient Department of the eye hospital also works round the clock to give maximum service to the nation with extension of OPD hours. This institution OPD is running till 8 pm to see all the routine eye problem while the casualty patients are seen for 24 hours. The rehabilitation of the eye care is given through the Low Vision Clinic which gives maximum services to make use the remaining residual vision to live and look after them. This institution is under the administration of a director and a deputy director with eight consultant ophthalmologist, one vitro retinal surgeon one pathologist, two anesthetists, one consultant resident physician and about hundred medical officers. There are special clinics for retinal patients, diabetic, glaucoma, and post operative patients. Two retinal units are functioning under the supervision of two Consultant Ophthalmologists. There are team of ophthalmic technologist and orthopist handling the paramedical service such as refraction and orthoptic assessment. Medical laboratory technicians, pharmacist and cardiographers also give their service to the ophthalmic field in the management. The staff of the hospital works with the hearts to make this institution as the best eye care producer in the South Asia.

Our Goals

1. To become best recognized centre in tertiary eye care in South Asia within next five years.
2. To develop uptodate training programs for each category of health staff suitable for local and international level in eye care.
3. To establish an international research centre and,
4. To sustain as a centre of excellence in eye care in Sri Lanka.
5. To sustain equality for service recipient regardless their income or status.

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