The Gondar University Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry was established in 1982 as an academic centre. In 2006 the centre started training ophthalmic officers, cataract surgeons and optometrists. Currently the department is providing ophthalmology residency training. Light for the World has been partnering with the University of Gondar since 2006 and supported the construction of an independent eye hospital with a capacity of 30 beds.