Saravana kodandapani, M.D.

Dr Saravana grew up in Bangalore city. He graduated from Bangalore Medical College,Bangalore University in 1996 and received his M.D, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in the year 2000. He was an Internist at Victoria Hospital in Bangalore after which he served as a physician providing care to spastic and disabled children. He then completed his Post Graduation with a Master's Degree & a residency programme in Ophthalmology and then a Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery under the guidance of   Prof H.K. Tewari in Dr R.P.Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences,     All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi between the years 1998-2003.

In view of his outstanding academic career, Dr Saravana was selected to serve as Registrar in Vitreoretinal services in the Dept of Ophthalmology in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, a position he held till April 2003, when he joined the full time faculty of The Eye Foundation, and later on in December 2003, he became the Head of the Dept of Ophthalmology, Medical Trust Hospital, Cochin where Dr Saravana was involved in training ophthalmologists and post graduate students in Ophthalmology for the National board of Examiners through Accredited Ophthalmology training programs.

Dr Saravana has been an invited guest lecturer at various symposia and seminars and was involved in various  research projects. His work on "Quality of visual outcome after Multifocal Implants Vs Monofocal Implants"  was accepted for presentation at the American Society for Cataract & Refractive Surgeons Annual conference 2004, San Deigo, CA, USA for a 7minute guest lecture.

Presently, Dr Saravana is a Consultant in Ophthalmology and Vitreoretina at Sri Venkateswara Nethralaya, Bangalore , an advanced centre for treatment of eye diseases, where he pursues all his clinical, academic, and research activities.
He is also the first Surgeon in Karnataka, India to implant Carl Zeiss MF4 Multifocal IOL when it was launched in 2006. In Partnership with various Industry leaders like NIDEK, AA, KLB etc, Dr Saravana has been involved in research activities in refining various algorithms for Custom Lasik, PseudoAccomodative Cornea(for correction of Presbyopia), and other state of the art technology transfers in Anterior Segment and Surgical Imaging, Video Overlay,Subretinal Instrumentation etc.

His current interests are Refractive Surgery, Lasik, Multifocal and Accomodating IOL Technology, Low Vision Aids, Medical and Surgical Retina. Again in 2018, he was the first surgeon in Karnataka to implant RAYONE Trifocal implant from Rayner Inc, UK. He is also an International Reviewer for various prestigious journals like British Journal of Ophthalmology, American journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of the Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, etc and has peer reviewed over 250 articles over a period of 5 years.

Dr Saravana is also the Founder Member of International Ophthalmologists Academy, a online professional group of over 1800 member ophthalmologists dedicated to seek, serve, share and support ophthalmologists worldwide.

Trekking, Hiking , Kite Flying, Reading and Classical music are among his outside activities.Dr Saravana has one elder sister who is married and settled as a Power systems Engineer with Pacific Gas and Electric Company(PGE) in SanFrancisco, CA, USA along with her husband who is employed as Child Guidance and Protection Officer with the FBI, United States Govt.
Since 2002, Dr Saravana is happily married to Dr Sukanya who shares his passion for Ophthalmology, and lives in Bangalore, India.

Curriculum Vitae

Name- Dr Saravana Kodandapani.

Residential Address-
#404, 4th cross, 1st Phase, Ideal Homes township, Raja Rajeshwarinagar,
Mysore Road, Bangalore- 560098

Present Position-
Consultant Eye Surgeon & Vitreoretinal Specialist.
             Sri Venkateswara Nethralaya
#120, S S Complex, Ideal Homes Circle, Opp Nimishamba Temple
Raja Rajeshwarinagar, Mysore Road, Bangalore-560098
        Ph-080-28603343, 28607713, 28601143, 9379512374


REGISTRAR-Vitreo retina,(May2001-April 2003)
Under the Guidance of the World renowned Retinal Surgeon Prof (Late) Dr Hem Kumar Tewari.
Unit-1, Dr Rajendra Prasad center for ophthalmic sciences,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences,

MD ( Jan1998-Dec2000)
-All India Institute of Medical Sciences.NEW DELHI.

Medical Internship & Surgical Houseman Ship ( May 1996- April 1997)
-Victoria Hospital, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Vani Vilas Hospital, Minto Hospital - Bangalore

MBBS-(Sept1991- April 1996)
-Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore

-MES college, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

-B.P.Indian High school,Malleshwaram,Bangalore.


Presented a paper at the SAARC international conference in ophthalmology at Kathmandu,Nepal in November,1999 on lasers in ARMD.
Presented a Scientific Paper on ď Effect of CME on the Visual Outcome in patients with Multifocal intraocular lenses Vs Monofocal Intraocular Lenses at the Annual Karnataka State Ophthalmic Society Conference in November 2004.
Undertook a community survey in Sultanpur,UP,India for enumeration of the blind to study the prevalence of blindness in India as a part of the National programme for the control of blindness in india in april 2001.


Proficient in the management and rehabilitation of patients with advanced and complicated vitreoretinal disease including proliferative vitreoretinopathy, diabetic eye Disease, Giant Retinal tear, Endophthalmitis, Uveitis, ARMD,pediatric vitreoretina, ICG angiography and optical coherence tomography.

AT the EYE FOUNDATION ,Coimbatore
Besides pursuing Vitreoretina and cataract, Obtaining extensive experience in refractive surgeries such as LASIK, ZYOPTIX, WAVE FRONT GUIDED ABLATION, at THE EYE FOUNDATION, COIMBATORE which is the only centre in asia to have completed over 12000 refractive laser corrections till date,


Building the dept of ophthalmology into a state of the art centre for ophthalmic superspeciality services, Teaching DNB candidates, Administration of the Dept including Peripheral Camp related Activities, School Screening Camps, Coordinating With the public relations Dept for active promotion of the Deptís Services on radio, and Newspaper articles, Coordinating with various Central Govt Security agencies to provide back up Medical Services for Various VIP visits including Presidents Visit to Cochin Etc.
Performed over 850 Vitreoretinal surgeries (including over 500 surgeries in private practice). Also performed over 4000 Phakoemulsification with extensive experience in injectable IOLs and Multifocal IOLs.

Managed the Diabetic eye clinic with performing Fluoroscein Angiography and Laser photocoagulation to over 5000 patients.
Managed the Uvea clinic for over 15 months independently and involved in the Bausch and Lomb sponsored trial Intraocular Implantable Devices for sustained steroid delivery of Fluocinolone acetonide at the Dr R P Centre for ophthalmic sciences which was a multicentric trial involving LVPEI, hyderabad, and Sankara Nethralaya Chennai.

Special skills in Surgical Vitreoretina

Independent Experience in Vitreoretinal surgery(scleral buckling,pars plana vitrectomy,IOFB removal,Vitreo retinal surgery using PFCL,silicon oil endotamponade,C3F8 gas,Pneumoretinopexy,Macular hole surgeries.

Specific skills in Cataract Surgery and General ophthalmology

Phakoemulsification,Dacryocystorhinostomy,Penetrating keratoplasty,Small incision cataract surgery,Glaucoma surgery,Teaching ophthalmology to post graduates,UndergraduatesParamedical and nursing staff,conducting eyecamps.

Special achievements

Creating a state of the art vitreoretinal service incorporating the latest equipment such as MILLENIUM vitrectomy machine, IRIDEX GREEN LASER, TOPCON DIGITAL FUNDUS FLUOROSCIEN CAMERA, TRANSPUPILLARY THERMOTHERAPY UNIT, involving a total expenditure of over 1crore rupees for the first time in Coimbatore

Creating a state of the art superspeciality eye center incorporating the latest equipments with CARL ZEISS digital imaging system, ZEISS green and Nd-YAG laser, ALCON surgical vitreoretinal system involving an expenditure of over 8 million rupees for the first time in COCHIN, INDIA

Latest Publications:

1) Kodandapani S, Saravana S. Manual intrastromal corneal keratotomy: An alternate encouraging approach for refractive error correction. Oman J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2014 [cited 2014 Mar 21];7:28-32. Available from



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