Sri Keshava trust (SKT) is a Bangalore based, public charitable trust, established to provide health care services to those who need it the most. The trust was started by Dr.K.Ramachandra Murthy in a small way in 1988, out of Prabha Eye Clinic and Research Center(a renowned eye care hospital established in 1940). A legend in his own right,, Dr. Murthy was a visionary who dedicated his life towards providing quality eye care, at a time when such eye care was not freely available in Karnataka. A need was felt to take diagnostic and treatment services to the rural areas around Bangalore. Five rural ophthalmic clinics in Jigani, Anekal, Magadi, Hosur and Yelandur were started with the help of other NGOs and were run for over a decade providing quality and affordable eye care to the local people.
In 1998 the Government of Karnataka granted land in the new area of Banashankari IIIrd stage. Supported by over 3500 donors big and small, the trust built a state of the art tertiary eye care ophthalmic hospital called Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology (VIIO). This facility started offering its services since October 2001. Today the Hospital is equipped with the latest and advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment in ophthalmology. The trust undertakes research and training in all areas of ophthalmology and is currently in the process of creating comprehensive care models. Innovative and sucessful models like the Nayana, Retinopathy of Prematurity telescreening model, Visual rehabilitation Projects have been developed in this institute, some of which have been adopted by government and international agencies.
Visual rehabilitation is the process of treatment and education that helps individuals who are visually disabled attain maximum function, a sense of well being, a personally satisfying level of independence and optimum quality of life. We at Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology strive to achieve this through our dedicated team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, paramedical staff and rehabilitation experts. Our motto is "Shraddahi Paramagathihi".
The driving spirit of our organization is to ensure that "No one shall go blind for want of money or lack of care".