hennai-based hospital chain Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital entered Andhra Pradesh with the inauguration of four eye hospitals in Hyderabad on Wednesday involving an investment of Rs 30 crore.
It plans to invest another Rs 20 crore to open 10 secondary and secondary plus category eye care centres at different places in the State, including Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Warangal.
“Our target is to have a chain of some 30 hospitals across Andhra Pradesh in the next two to three years,” said Prof Amar Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director of the Group.
It has about 13 branches in Chennai, besides centres in Villupuram, Kumbakonam, Neyveli, Pantruti, Vellore, Kanchipuram, Hosur, Erode, Salem, Madurai and Tuticorin. It has also forayed into the overseas market, establishing a tertiary eye care centre in Mauritius.
“As part of our plans in India, we are in the process of expanding into other States such as Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Chattisgarh,” Prof Agarwal said.
The hospital got noted on the global platform for its Micro-Phakonit surgery (cataract surgery with 0.7 mm size incision) in 1999 and Glued Intraocular Lens Implant (where the lens is glued) on a four-year girl. In 2009, it conducted the world’s first Anterior Segment Eye Transplant Surgery on a four-month old child to treat corneal disorder.
In Hyderabad, its main tertiary hospital is located in Panjagutta to treat all types of eye ailments, from refraction error correction to retinal disorder and oculoplasty.
Mr Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Finance, and Dr D.L. Ravindra Reddy, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated the hospital.