Matrix of the community in the Northeast India is unique, full of diversity in culture, belief & social system and unique geographical isolation, poor connectivity, scanty eye care service and uneven distribution together is a harsh reality. It is a vibrant area of the country enriched with culture and natural resources and potentially prosperous for development of human resources.
Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya Institute of Community Ophthalmology (SSNICO) is unique and serves the community adopting a different approach. The 'structured community service' was inaugurated by the then Honourable Governor of Assam Late Loknath Mishra in 1996.


The mission of Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya Institute of Community Ophthalmology (SSNICO) Community Service System is to strengthen the eye health and well being of entire Northeastern region of the country with high quality, compassionate care free of cost to all the underprivileged patients in need. Various community based services and programmes are in place to achieve our mission and improve eye health of the community. As a non-profit organization, our trust seriously takes its responsibility to invest resources as well as energy into understanding and meeting eye care needs of all and ensure that everyone gets equitable eye care they need, regardless of their financial status.

Our community team comprises of passionate and dedicated eye care professionals, physicians, anesthesiologists, along with many partners throughout the Northeastern region who jointly contribute significantly to eye care and the well being of our community.