Located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Sankara Nethralaya has grown tremendously since its commencement thanks to the unconditional and generous support received from all quarters of society and has gained international excellence for its quality and affordable eye care services.
Its goals include providing quality ophthalmic care at affordable cost to patients, free eye care treatment to indigent patients and teaching and training an army of personnel to combat blindness affecting the population of India.Today, the institute has over 84 eye care professionals examining around 2,600 patients and performing around 200 surgeries every day.
About 50 % of the out-patient department and 35 % of the surgeries are done free of cost to the underprivileged. It offers state-of-the-art facilities and has 32 operation theaters equipped with the latest equipment. Sankara Nethralaya is one of the leading super specialty institutions for ophthalmic care in India. Sankara Nethralaya, meaning "The Temple of the Eye", was founded in 1978 as a unit of Medical Research Foundation.