Paediatric Eye Surgery
Eye unit was established in 2005, under the Vision 2020 Program of WHO (Elimination of Avoidable Blindness in 2020) by appointing a Paediatric Ophthalmologist to Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
An NGO called “SIGHT SAVOURS INTERNATIONAL” donated 15 million Sri Lankan Rupees to build a Two story eye unit, but the decision of the Director and consultants of LRH with the donation of another 5 million rupees arranged by Hon Minister of Health Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva, foundation stone was laid on to establish this building on 2005. Ministry of health too provided the equipment for further establishment of the eye unit. The equipment needed for the unit was by generous contribution of Organizations (Emirates Airlines, Dialog, Save the Sight, Kandy ,Orange Electricals, KIK Electricals, Vision care optical ,OGA Visaka college ,COLOMBO and many philanthropists of our country).
We manage wide range of paediatric eye conditions including rare but very important eye conditions in children. This is the only place in Sri Lanka where Retinoblastoma (children’s eye cancer) is being managed along with the paediatric oncology services at the Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama. This unit serves the country as the main center in prevention and treatment of childhood blindness.
We see more than 11,000 new patients per year. We receive referrals from the OPD, wards and the clinics of the hospital. We also get referrals from eye surgeons from all over the island, paediatricians from hospitals where there are no eye surgeons. More than 15,000 repeat visits are also seen every year in this unit.
We have clinics from Monday to Saturday and see more than 100 kids daily. We also have a dedicated theatre and three days per week operating time.
The eye unit comprise of two consultants and a team with lot of expertise on the eye conditions of children. We have a staff of six medical officers, four ophthalmic technologists, 13 nurses and eight health assistants.
Dr. D. Irugalbandara
Dr. Hiranya Abeysekera
Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist
We have clinics from Monday to Saturday and see more than 100 kids daily. We also have a dedicated theatre and three days per week operating time. The unit also has a 16 bedded ward
|Name of Consultant||Speciality||Ward||Clinic Room||Day of the week|
|Dr. D. Irugalbandara||Consultant Ophthalmologist||Ophthalmology Unit||Eye Clinic||Monday to Friday
8am – 4pm
|Dr. Hiranya Abeysekera||Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist||Ophthalmology Unit||Saturday
8am – 12noon
All eye problems related to children.
Eye unit at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital is the main centre in the country which manage Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). We also carry out ROP screening and treatment in the premature baby units at Castle Street Hospital for Women and De Zoysa Maternity Hospital.
We also carry out surgery for squints, cataract in children and glaucoma in children.
Activities done with engagement of community
- Free spectacle program for needy children with the contribution of Emirates Airlines and Vision care opticals.
- Free supply of surgical items for poor patients by NGO “Ward 25 Group”
- Awareness programs as TV Programs, Leaflets, Posters and Lectures regarding Retinopathy of Prematurity and Retinoblastoma
- Preparation of Guidelines for ROP Screening in Sri Lanka with college of Ophthalmologists and Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka.
Training of Medical students, Nurses, Technicians, Under graduates and Postgraduates in Paediatric Ophthalmology.