Administrative Positions

  • 2016 2018


    Eye Bank association of India

  • 1994 2018


    SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology

  • 1994 2018

    Chairperson scientific Committee


  • 1994 2018

    General Secretary

    Ophthalmic Research Association, R P Centre

Education & Training

  • Fellowship 2005

    Cornea Fellowship

    Moor fields Eye Hospital, London

  • MNAMS 2000

    Member of the national Academy of Medical Sciences

    AIIMS, New Delhi

  • MD 1995

    Doctor of Medicine - ophthalmology

    AIIMS, New Delhi

Honors and Awards

  • 2013
    Senior Achievement Award by American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2013
    Achievement Award by Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2012
    Video award by European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • 2012
    AIIMS Excellence award for research and certificate for notable contribution
  • 2008
    International Ophthalmologist education award by American Academy of Ophthalmology

Research Projects

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    1. Collagen cross linking for mycotic keratitis

    In the study of evaluation of corneal collagen cross-linking as an additional therapy in mycotic keratitis: Collagen cross-linking in mycotic keratitis, additional CXL treatment did not have any advantage over medical management.

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    2. DALK for Keratoconus

    In the study of Diamond knife-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty to manage keratoconus, DALK was effective and predictable as a surgical technique for management of keratoconus cases. This technique has the potential to offer visual and refractive outcomes comparable to those of big-bubble DALK.

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    3. Harvesting thin DSAEK Lenticules

    In the study of Thin lenticule Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty: Single, Slow Pass Technique, they can be safely harvested using a single pass technique with 400 microns microkeratome head and can be used for a successful DSAEK surgery.

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Ophthalmology Clinics for Postgraduates

Book Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 1 edition | 1 June 2017 | ISBN-10: 9386322897

This book is practical revision guide for trainees in ophthalmology to assist in preparation for examinations. Six sections are each dedicated to a specific part of the eye, providing both long and short cases, with emphasis on topics commonly asked in examinations. Cases describe basic techniques, investigation and treatment options, with in depth detail on differential diagnosis. The final section discusses instruments for ophthalmic surgery. The text explains the latest surgical and medical management techniques and is further enhanced by clinical photographs and tables to assist learning. Key points : Practical revision guide for ophthalmology trainees preparing for examinations .Presented as long and short cases with emphasis on topics commonly covered in exams . Covers disorders in all sections of the eye.Highly illustrated with clinical photographs and tables.

Ocular Infections: Prophylaxis and Management

Namrata Sharma (Author), Atul Kumar (Author)
Book Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers | 30 June 2017 | ISBN-10: 9386322889

This book is a concise guide to the prevention and management of post-surgical ocular infections covering both common and serious conditions. Divided into 24 chapters, the text begins with discussion on preventive aspects including an introduction to the operating theatre, air flow and water requirements, and patient and personnel preparation. The following sections describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infections resulting from different ocular surgeries. This practical guide is highly illustrated with clinical photographs and flow charts highlighting significant aspects of prevention and management. Key points - Concise guide to prevention and management of post-surgical ocular infections.Covers both common and serious conditions resulting from different types of surgery .Explains basic preventive measures relating to the operating theatre and personnel .Highly illustrated with clinical photographs and flow charts.

Corneal transplantation

Rasik B. Vajpayee (Author), Namrata Sharma (Author), Geoffrey C. Tab (Author)
BookJaypee Highlights Medical Publishers, Inc.; 2/E edition| January 1, 2010 | ISBN-10: 8184488599

This book provides a comprehensive knowledge and information about the various aspects of Corneal grafting surgery. The new edition includes a detailed description of all new techniques of lamellar corneal transplantation surgeries including some very innovative techniques like Tuck in lamellar keratoplasty, Suture less DSAEK Triple surgery, DMEK and Double Bubble Deep Anterior lamellar keratoplasty. It also explains the various acronyms that seem to have populated modern corneal surgery. The book carries a very wide range of and sound practical advice based on the experience of the world's leader in this field who have described their surgical techniques and other aspects of corneal transplantation surgery in a lucid and well structured manner.

Step by Step LASIK Surgery

Namrata Sharma (Author), Rasik B. Vajpayee (Author), Laurence Sullivan (Author)
Book CRC Press; 1 edition | 12 August 2005 | ISBN-10: 1841844691

A decade after the introduction of the LASIK technique in refractive surgery, the technique has reached its maturity. Thoroughly researched and easy to read, Step by Step LASIK Surgery provides practical information regarding the various aspects of LASIK surgery. Expert LASIK surgeons share their experiences with this state-of-the-art surgical technique. The book is organized in a simple and effective style that presents a step-by-step approach to LASIK surgery. It includes information about the latest microkertomes and excimer laser machines and specific surgical techniques like LASEK, LASIK for post-penetrating keratoplasty, ametropias, and wavefront guided LASIK.

Prevalence and risk factors of dry eye disease in North India: Ocular surface disease index-based cross-sectional hospital study

Jeewan S Titiyal, Ruchita Falera, Manpreet Kaur, Namrata Sharma
Journal Papers Article in Indian Journal of Ophthalmology 66(2) . January 2018 with 48 Reads


Purpose: This study aims to study the prevalence of DED and analyze risk factors in North Indian population. Methods: This was a cross-section hospital-based, observational study. Cases enrolled over 2 years (systematic random sampling) were administered ocular surface disease index questionnaire to evaluate the prevalence and risk factors of DED. Schirmer's test and tear break-up time were performed only in the subset of patients giving consent. Categorical data were assessed with Chi-square/Fisher's Exact test, and odds ratio was analyzed using bivariate and multivariate logistic regression. P < 0.05 was statistically significant. Results: A total of 15,625 patients were screened. The prevalence of DED was 32% (5000/15625); 9.9% (496/5000) had mild DED; 61.2% (3060/5000) had moderate DED; and 28.9% (1444/5000) had severe DED. Age group of 21-40 years, male sex, urban region, and desk job were associated with increased risk of DED. Hours of visual display terminal (VDT) usage significantly correlated with DED (P < 0.001), and 89.98% of patients with 4 h or more of VDT use had severe dry eye. Cigarette smoking and contact lens usage had increased odds of developing severe DED (P < 0.001). Objective tests were undertaken in 552 patients; of these, 81.3% (449/552) had severe DED. Conclusions: The prevalence of DED in North India is 32%, with the age group of 21-40 years affected most commonly. VDT use, smoking, and contact lens use were associated with increased odds of developing DED.

Chlamydia trachomatis Antigen Positivity in Patients with Different Ocular Manifestations over 8 Years

NishatHussain Ahmed, Anjana Sharma, Gita Satpathy, Namrata Sharma
Journal PapersArticle in Journal of global infectious diseases 10(1):16 . January 2018 with 23 Reads


Laboratory confirmation of chlamydial antigen in clinically suspected cases of chlamydial eye infections is important, as similar clinical picture can be presented by different infective or noninfective causes. We retrospectively analyzed the presence of Chlamydia trachomatis antigen in 690 clinically suspected patients over the last 8 years (2009-2016). The chlamydial antigen was detected using direct immunofluorescence assay. Overall, Chlamydia-specific antigen positivity was 45.5%. The highest positivity was seen in 2014 (68.6%) and the least in 2016 (9.4%). The antigen positivity in years 2015 (13.4%) and 2016 (9.4%) was significantly less than in all the previous study years (P < 0.0001). Antigen positivity in patients having clinical diagnosis of trachoma was significantly higher than those having other eye manifestations suggestive of chlamydial infections (P = 0.0274). Stringent surveillance both at community level and in hospital attendees is required to know the actual load of this pathogen.

Corneal edema after phacoemulsification

Namrata Sharma, Deepali Singhal, SreelakshmiP Nair, PrafullaKumar Maharana
Journal papers Article in Indian Journal of Ophthalmology 65(12):1381 . December 2017 with 40 Reads


Phacoemulsification is the most commonly performed cataract surgery in this era. With all the recent advances in investigations and management of cataract through phacoemulsification, most of the patients are able to achieve excellent visual outcome. Corneal edema after phacoemulsification in the immediate postoperative period often leads to patient dissatisfaction and worsening of outcome. Delayed onset corneal edema often warrants endothelial keratoplasty. This review highlights the etiopathogenesis, risk factors, and management of corneal edema in the acute phase including descemet's membrane detachment (DMD) and toxic anterior segment syndrome. Various investigative modalities such as pachymetry, specular microscopy, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, and confocal microscopy have been discussed briefly.

Component corneal surgery: An update

PrafullaK Maharana, Pranita Sahay, Deepali Singhal, Namrata Sharma
Conference PapersArticle in Indian Journal of Ophthalmology 65(8):658 . August 2017 with 40 Reads


Several decades ago, penetrating keratoplasty was a challenge to corneal surgeons. Constant effort by the corneal surgeon to improve the outcomes as well as utilization of the available resources has led to a revolutionary change in the field of keratoplasty. All these efforts have led to the evolution of techniques that allow a corneal surgeon to disease-specific transplant of individual layers of corneal so-called component corneal surgery depending on the layer of cornea affected. This has led to an improvement in corneal graft survival as well as a better utilization of corneal tissues. This article reviews the currently available literature on component corneal surgeries and provides an update on the available techniques.

Comparative evaluation of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and conventional phacoemulsification in white cataract

Jeewan S Titiyal, Manpreet Kaur, Archita Singh, Namrata Sharma
Conference Papers Article in Clinical Ophthalmology Volume 10(Issue 1):1357-1364 . July 2016 with 34 Reads


Purpose: To compare femtosecond laser-assisted capsulotomy with conventional manual capsulorhexis in cases of white cataract. Patients and methods: The prospective comparative study enrolled 80 eyes (80 patients) with white cataract that underwent either femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (Group 1, n=40) or conventional manual phacoemulsification (Group 2, n=40) at a tertiary care ophthalmic institution. The groups were divided based on the patient's choice and affordability of the procedure. Capsulotomy/capsulorhexis was evaluated in terms of size, circularity index (4*Pi [area/perimeter2]), intraocular lens coverage, and continuity. Each group was further subdivided based on the release of white milky fluid on initiation of the capsulotomy/capsulorhexis, and the "fluid" cases were compared with the "no-fluid" cases. The primary outcome measure was capsulotomy/capsulorhexis characteristics in the two groups.The secondary outcome measures were intraoperative phacoemulsification parameters, intraoperative complications, and postoperative visual acuity. Results: The size of the capsulotomy/capsulorhexis was 4.9+/-0.1 mm in Group 1 and 5.3+/-0.4 mm in Group 2 (P<0.001). Mean circularity index was 0.996+/-0.003 and 0.909+/-0.047 in Groups 1 and 2, respectively (P<0.001). In Group 1, free-floating circular capsulotomies were obtained in 52.5% (21/40) eyes; 37.5% (15/40) eyes had microadhesions; and 10% (4/40) eyes had incomplete capsulotomy in 1-2 clock hours. The incidence of residual adhesions was more in cases with release of white milky fluid (P=0.003). In Group 2, a multistep capsulorhexis was performed in 70% (28/40) of the eyes. There was no difference in terms of visual outcomes and intraoperative complications. Conclusion: Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery has the advantage of creating a circular and optimally sized capsulotomy in cases of white cataract. The release of white milky fluid during femtosecond laser delivery is the most important factor affecting the creation of a free-floating capsulotomy.

Currrent Teaching

  • Present 2000

    Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Services

    Dr RP Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi

  • Present 2003

    Instruction courses

    American Academy of Ophthalmology, USA

Teaching History

  • 2011 1995

    Corneal Transplantation

    AIIMS, New Delhi

  • 2012 1996

    LASIK Surgery

    AIIMS, New Delhi

  • 2015 2011

    Phacoemulsification Surgery

    AIIMS, New Delhi

  • 2016 2012

    DescemetsStripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty: Different Strokes

    AIIMS, New Delhi

  • 2017 2013

    Deep Anterior lamellar Keratoplasty : Different Strokes

    AIIMS, New Delhi

At My Office

At Dr RP Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi You can consult me at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre of Ophthalmic Science, AIIMS located at AIIMS Campus, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110029. Consultation timings Monday - Saturday 1.30 pm - 4pm You may consider a call to fix an appointment.

At My Work

At My Lab

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    Do medications being used for Diabetic cause kidney disease?

    This is the most common question asked by patients to me. I just want to highlight that its the Uncontrolled high blood sugars that cause kidney disease and not the medication. Diabetic medications are being used from centuries without serious long term side effects. If you do not take medication your sugars cannot be controlled which ultimately leads to kidney failure. Get your Diabetes controlled as early as possible. Consult Dr Shalini Patlolla best endocrinologist and Diabetologist now. For appointments call 040-4244 4222

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    Dr Shalini Article in India Today Magazine

    Dr.Shalini Patlolla's article in India today. For any Diabetes and thyroid issues consult Dr.Shalini Patlolla - best endocrinologist and Diabetologist around.For appointments call 040-42342334

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    Endo Bariatric Therapies

    Diabetes requires right management and right Endocrinologist. Consult Dr.Shalini Patlolla the best Endocrinologist around. For appointments call 9133552279

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    Edocrinologist Dr.Shalini's interview

    Dr Shalini gave an interview on TV Channel V6 about thyroid issues faced by people.

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    Dr.Shalini's talk on diabetes at a National forum

    Dr Shalini talking on Diabetes at National Forum

  • Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine system cancer and occurs when cancerous tumors or nodules grow in the thyroid gland. It is the fastest growing cancer in both men and women, with over 62,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Because of the increased number of thyroid cancer cases, knowing the signs and symptoms is important as you seek to protect your health. Thyroid cancer occurs when thyroid nodules become cancerous. Many people have nodules on the thyroid, and over 90% of those nodules are not cancerous. However, when they are cancerous, they need to be treated to protect thyroid function and prevent the cancer from spreading. Unfortunately, many cases of thyroid cancer do not have any symptoms. The most common thyroid cancer symptom people notice is a lump or swelling in the neck. For any thyroid issues please contact Dr.Shalini Patllolla, best Endocrinologist around.

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    Heart of Diabetes

    Uncontrolled Diabetes can increase the risk of heart attack by 4 times and also there is also 60% chance of dying with heart disease.Diabetes requires right management and right Endocrinologist. Consult Dr.Shalini Patlolla the best Endocrinologist around. For appointments call 040-42342334

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    Thyroid Diet plan

    Most of my thyroid patients ask me this question frequently. And they get amazed when i say that there is no diet modification or diet plan needed for thyroid issues. Its not only me even the American thyroid association says that there is no thyroid diet plan. So taking medication regularly is more important for thyroid issues under Endocrinologist supervision than to follow diet plan. Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease not a lifestyle disease where your diet plays an important role.For any thyroid issues consult Dr.Shalini Patlolla Best Endocrinologist around. For appointments call 913355229

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    Diabetes leading to Kidney failure

    Unfortunately, renal failure or nephropathy (commonly referred to as kidney failure) and Uncontrolled diabetes go hand in hand. In addition, 50 percent of people with diabetes will experience some form of kidney damage in their lifetime, even if they never experience kidney failure or end up on dialysis.To prevent future kidney failure it is very important to control blood sugars now.For more information and recent advances in treating Diabetes consult Dr.Shalini's Diabetes,thyroid and Endocrine Clinic. For appointment call 9133552279

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    CSIR Develops Environment-Friendly Firecrackers For A Safe And Green Diwali

    CSIR scientists have developed less-polluting firecrackers which are not only environment-friendly but 15-20 per cent cheaper than the conventional ones, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said at a conference here.


    In a bid to promote an environment-friendly Diwali, scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed less-polluting firecrackers which are not only environment-friendly but also cheaper than the conventional ones. CSIR scientists have developed less-polluting firecrackers which are not only environment-friendly but15-20 per cent cheaper than the conventional ones, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said at a conference here.

    The crackers have been named Safe Water Releaser (SWAS), Safe Minimal Aluminium (SAFAL), and Safe Thermite Cracker (STAR), respectively.





    As far as the crackers are concerned, they have a unique feature of releasing water vapour and air as a dust suppressant and diluent for gaseous emissions and matching performance compared with conventional crackers.