Aurolab, the manufacturing division of Aravind Eye Hospital, supplies high quality
ophthalmic consumables at affordable prices to developing countries. Though its
primary focus is on ophthalmic industry, Aurolab is also diversifying into related
health care areas where its existing capabilities can be leveraged, such as cardiovasular
sutures, microsurgical hand sutures, antiseptics and disinfectant solutions etc.
In the early 1990s, there was a great deal of debate about the relevance of Intra
Ocular Lens (IOL) to developing countries. Though widely accepted as a better procedure,
it was argued that developing countries should not go in for it as the IOLs were
expensive. Taking on this challenge, in 1992, Aurolab was established as a non
profit charitable trust for manufacturing ophthalmic consumables.
Today Aurolab manufactures a wide range of ophthalmic consumables like intraocular
lenses, pharmaceutical products like eye drops, surgical adjuncts like sutures and
blades and also ophthalmic instruments and specialty products. Aurolab products
are exported to 120 countries around the world and acoounts for a total of 7.8%
of global share of intraocular lenses.