SSM Eye Research Foundation

SSM Eye Research Foundation, established in memory of Ayalur Harihara Iyer Subramania Sharma, is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Trust) whose primary objective is to provide subsidized and free treatment esp. for poor patients with diabetic retinopathy. The trust also is involved in running three free eye clinics in the greater Cochin area and also conducts various awareness and screening programs in diabetic retinopathy. Very deserving and poor patients are also provided surgical intervention as and when required. Towards meeting this end, its founders launched several outreach and in-house programmes, all of them free of cost. Some of the activities of the Foundation over the years

  • Cataract surgery with intra-ocular lens implantation for people below poverty line.
  • Outreach programmes in rural areas to create awareness about common eye diseases leading to blindness-Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.
  • School screening programme for testing vision in primary school children.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy awareness and screening camps.
  • Support charitable eye clinics.
  • Establishment of a centre for rehabilitation of the visually handicapped.
  • Providing fully-equipped mobile eye unit for villages and remote areas for comprehensive eye
Year No of Camps conducted No of Patients Screened No of free Cataract Surgeries Done
2005 15 372 170
2006 66 8163 249
2007 54 5625 301
2008 23 1989 67
2009 44 4882 176
2010 69 7596 373
2011 76 6987 383
2012 89 6643 353
2013 70 4144 404
2014 69 5661 611
2015 71 5210 738
2016 94 9661 917
2017 97 7419 1243
2018 123 9061 1158
2019 143 16685 1639

SSM Orations

The S.S.M. Eye Research Foundation honours an eminent Ophthalmologist, Medical Teacher or a Medical Scientist once every two years to acknowledge their contribution in the development and progress of Ophthalmology and allied sciences. The Foundation conducted the 1st SSM Oration on the 8th September 2007, 2nd Oration in July 2009 and the 3rd Oration in September 2012.

S.No. Date Delivered By Topic Event
1 09/Sept/2007 Prof. Renuka Srinivasan Intraocular Lens Implantation Surgery – Challenges and Choices. National Symposium on Diabetes and Eye held at Hotel Presidency.
2 18/July/2009 Prof. Dr S Natarajan Tackling the burden of diabetes related blindness in India. International Symposium on Medical Retina held at IMA Convention Centre (18/19th July 2009)
3 15/Sept/2012 Dr Lalit Kapoor Medico Legal issues in day-to-day practice – preventive aspects. Cataract Surgery-Sharpen your knowledge and skill held at Gokulam Convention Center, Kalooor 15/16 Sept 2012
4 02/Oct/2016 Dr T S Surendran Overview of Strabismus – an experience of four decades. Paediatric Potpourri 2016 held in IMA convention Centre on 2nd October 2016.
5 29/Sept/2017 Swami Advayananda Sight & Vision Retinal Imaging & Beyond held on 29/30 September 2017 in Hotel Crowne Plaza, Cochin.


Besides drawing heavily on the resources of the Giridhar Eye Institute, the foundation also thrives on donations from people who care. Here’s how you can help us out in our activities:

  • When you donate Rs 3,000 - you fund ONE cataract surgery
  • When you donate Rs 5,000 - you fund TWO cataract surgeries
  • When you donate Rs 10,000 - you fund ONE cataract surgery every year for 5 YEARS
  • When you donate Rs 15,000 - you fund TWO cataract surgeries every year for 5 YEARS
  • When you donate Rs 25,000 - you fund a major retinal surgery

If you want to be associated with us in an even bigger or a different manner, please contact us at the SSM Foundation address given below:

SSM Eye Research Foundation is a non-profit organization and donations are eligible for exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Ph: (0484) 4170000, 8129311899,

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Establish an eye care centre with all sub-specialties in Ophthalmology. Provide clinical expertise comparable to the best in the world.