Special ophthalmic service to the people of Mysore was first
provided by the government in the form of a very small eye dispensary which was
opened on the 9th November 1896 at Chickpet.
This humble institution was transferred on the 1st January 1897 to the
buildings in Lal-Bagh Road known as the “Lal-Bagh Lodge”.
The present hospital was planned and the foundation stone was graciously
laid by His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore Sri Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar on the
17th December 1910 in commemoration of the Viceroyalty of of His Excellency the
Right-Honourable the Earl of Minto, G.C.M.G., G.M.S.I., G.M.I.E.
The construction work went on for about 2 yrs and The Minto Ophthalmic Hospital
was formally opened by His Highness the Maharaja on the 31st January 1913.
New additional building for OPD block was opened on 22nd January
Eye bank was established on 1st April 1970 and recognized by Government of
Karnataka. Renamed as Kishinchand Chelaram Eye bank and Corneal grafting centre
on 24th December 1975.
1986 - Vitreo retinal OPD facilities were started in main building .
1994 – Vitreo retinal department was shifted to present block with provision
for OPD , In-patient , seminar hall , and O.T.
Other facilities at Minto Ophthalmic Hospital:
These are running in the
present OPD block.
Community programmes – Rural and Urban camps and school health programme are
being conducted at Minto Ophthalmic Hospital.