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The Department came into existence in 1995 with Dr. J. Adido as the foundation Head and the lone academic staff. By the close of 2012, the academic staff strength had peaked at 5, and the first substantive head in the person of Prof. A.O. Mahmuod was appointed.

Being also a clinical department in the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), most of the core functions of teaching, research and community services are largely clinical in nature and often hospital based.


1. Teach the medical, surgical and optical eye care to medical students.

2.  Conduct relevant research in the field of ophthalmology.

3. Render community eye care service in partnership with government and non-governmental organizations.

4.  Involve academic staff in ophthalmology in the teaching and supervision of ophthalmic resident doctors, post basic ophthalmic nursing students, and their allied health workers undergoing training at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

5. Foster international partnership and collaborative research endeavors through publication in reputable journals and attendances at international conferences and seminars.

Research Focus

Multi-disciplinary population based survey to determine the prevalence and causes of ocular morbidities and related health seeking behaviors in Asa Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria. The field work for this project, which was funded by a 7 million Naira grant by the Sight Savers of England, was carried out in 39 randomly selected clusters and 62 health facilities between June and September 2012.

•  Development of normative data on the eyes of Nigeria children.

•   Ocular findings in children with sickle cell disease.