Brief History:

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 1965.
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:

  1. Glaucoma clinic
  2. Squint clinic
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.