about us  History

jlrh buildingJ L Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital is the largest and the oldest eye hospital in the region and training institute for ophthalmology.


The eye hospital was established as a unit of 'Association For The Prevention of Blindness', UP, which was founded in Kanpur, India in 1946 with the mission to eradicate needless blindness in Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently an eye hospital was established in 1956 under the name of Kanpur Eye Hospital which was later renamed to Dr Jawahar Lal Rohatgi Memorial Eye Hospital to carry on the work.


Now the hospital's innovative eye care delivery system is recognized as a model for other developing Eye Hospitals. All patients are accorded the same care and high quality service, regardless of their economic status, as a result of a unique fee system and effective management.


The Hospital follows the principle that large volume, high quality service result in low cost and self-sustainability & has the distinction of being a very productive eye care organization, in terms of surgical volume and the number of patients treated.

milestone  Our Milestones

1946 – Association for Prevention of Blindness was founded
1956 – Hospital construction started in a 5 acre land.
1958 – Hospital constructed with bed strength : 272.
1992 – IOL implantation started
1994 – Paramedical courses and postgraduate course started
1996 – Approved for internship by Medical Council of India
1997 – Multidisciplinary Hospital was launched
2000 – Phacoemulsification started
2007 to 2008 – Specialities like Retina, Glaucoma, Oculoplastics, Paediatric started developing.
2012 – Training programs to upgrade HR initiated.
2012 – With the help of Operation Eye Sight Universal started a Hospital Based Community Eye Care Project.
2013 – Joined hands with Vision2020 to achieve high standards of quality.


Our hospital has been serving the community since 1956 and we strive to provide the highest quality of eye care services. With the passing time, we have continuously improved ourselves and provided eye care services at affordable prices to all. Our biggest achievement and asset which we take pride in is the high number of well-treated and satisfied patients from the day we started.


jlnehruWe have had many emminent people visiting our hospital from time to time to provide us encouragement and help. Some of the notable figures who visited our hospital include –


visitorPt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, V V Giri, C B Gupta, Sampurnanand, Morarji Desai, Jivraj Mehta, Jagjeevan Ram, U N Dhevar, Vijai Laxmi Pandit, Lord Platt, Richard Horseman.


We are located in the heart of Kanpur city and surrounded by lush green gardens. The hospital building has the needed space for our dreams. With the help of our partners and with the spirit of continuous unending improvements we want to become a center of excellence.