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University Hospital Giessen UKGM

Giessen, Germany


Surgical treatment of vitreous haze with vitrectomy (program ID: 131143)


Birgit Lorenz

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Birgit Lorenz

Department of Ophthalmology

Specialized in: ophthalmology
Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • Seit 8/2007          Professorin (W3) und Direktorin der Klinik und Poliklinik für Augenheilkunde an der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen                                              
  • 1996-2007           Leiterin der selbständigen Abteilung für Pädiatrische Ophthalmologie, Strabismologie und Ophthalmogenetik in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Augenheilkunde, Klinikum der Universität Regensburg
  • 1991-2007           Professorin (C3) für Augenheilkunde (Strabismologie, Neuroophthalmologie, Kinderophthalmologie und Ophthalmogenetik) an der
  • Universität Regensburg
  • 1989                   Habilitation und Venia Legendi im Fach Augenheilkunde an der Ludwig-                               Maximilians-Universität München

Akademische Ausbildung

  • 1997                   Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO)
  • 1991                   Zusatzbezeichnung „Ärztin für Medizinische Genetik“
  • 1986-1991         Akademische Rätin bzw. Akademische Oberrätin (LMU München)
  • 1983                   Forschungsaufenthalt am Institute of Ophthalmology, London, England und am Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
  • 1982                   Facharztanerkennung als Augenärztin
  • 1977-1986        Wissenschaftliche Assistentin an der Augenklinik LMU München
  • 1977                   Approbation als Ärztin
  • 1974                   Promotion zum Dr. med. „summa cum laude“ (LMU München)
  • 1968–1974       Studium der Humanmedizin an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München und an der Sorbonne, Paris

Mitgliedschaften, Ehrungen und Auszeichnungen

  • Seit 2015             Vizepräsidentin der Von Behring-Röntgen-Stiftung
  • Seit 2013             Steering Committtee Member, European Vision Institute Clinical Reserch Network EVICR.net. und Koordinatorin für seltene Erkrankungen
  • Seit 2013            Mitglied des erweiterten Präsidiums der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft (DOG)
  • Seit 2012            Gewähltes Mitglied der Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI),
  • seit 2012             Gewähltes Mitglied der European Academy of Ophthalmology (EAO),
  • 2012                   Visiting Professor, Childrens Hospital, Harvard University
  • 2011                    Award lecturer of the European Strabismological Society ESA, Brughes 12-09-2011. The role of pigment in the visual system.
  • 2002-2010           Präsidentin European Pediatric Ophthalmological Society (EPOS)
  • 2001 - 2005          Präsidentin der Bielschowsky-Gesellschaft für Schielerkrankungen und Neuroophthalmologie
About the department keyboard_arrow_down

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Giessen under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Birgit Lorenz offers entire spectrum of both conservative and surgical ophthalmology. The Department of Ophthalmology at Giessen is the largest German-speaking clinic specialized in the diseases of eye muscles of any severity. Another priority is the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary eye diseases. The Department is the center of the best medical care with all advanced diagnostic and treatment possibilities. 

At the specialized consultations on ophthalmic genetics the specialists of the Department provide patients with both diagnosis and counseling. These patients undergo basic ophthalmological diagnosis, which results in the detection of eye diseases with hereditary components. Prof. Lorenz specializes not only in ophthalmology, but also has an additional qualification in human genetics. Through a combination of high quality clinical diagnostic methods with molecular genetic diagnosis in the lab, the Department of Ophthalmology offers specialized counseling with exceptional competence in the field of hereditary eye diseases, which means that patients can receive the most advanced medical consultations and assistance in planning the future. 

Particular attention is also paid to plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Since Prof. Lorenz has a special education, the Department of Ophthalmology can perform all kinds of plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries on the outer area of the eye. These include interventions and correction of the eyelids in the periorbital area, lacrimal ducts and eye orbit. Mrs. Prof. Lorenz has acquired special professional expertise and skills, which have been certified by the German Ophthalmological Society and the Professional Association of German Ophthalmologists. Mrs. Prof. Lorenz has performed over 300 plastic reconstructive and aesthetic operations on the eyes. 

The University Hospital Giessen is especially focused on pediatric ophthalmology, since it also includes the clinical pictures that differ significantly from eye diseases in adults. Children can develop various changes in the eye from their birth and these require special, in some cases even the most rapid treatment, which can prevent life-long health consequences.  

The priority focuses of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Giessen:

  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic genetics
  • Surgical retinology
  • Strabology (strabismus)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataract surgery
  • Treatment of glaucoma
  • Electrophysiology and psychophysics
  • Imaging
  • Ophthalmology and flights
  • Federal ophthalmologist for blind patients
  • Orthoptic Training Center
  • Ophthalmic medical reports
  • Devices for vision correction
  • Telemedicine
  • Selection of contact lenses
  • Plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery
  • Uveitis

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • ophthalmologic examination:
    • slit-lamp examination
    • pupil function tests
    • ocular motility test
    • ophthalmoscopy
    • perimetry (visual field test)
    • computer perimetry
    • visometry (without correction and with correction)
    • keratometry
    • pachymetry
    • refractometry (objective, subjective, cycloplegic)
    • autorefractometry
    • non-contact tonometer
    • biomicroscopy
  • services of chief physician and all leading experts
  • preparation according to preoperative standard
  • vitrectomy
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • explanation of future recommendations
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The program includes:

  • Translation of medical documents up to 4 pages
  • Interpreter up to 3 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 8 pages
  • Interpreter up to 5 hours
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 8 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 10 hours
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 15 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
  • Translation of medical documents up to 10 pages
  • Interpreter up to 25 hours
  • Transfer from the airport to the clinic and back to the airport
  • Insurance of unforeseen expenses in case of complications in course of treatment and within 48 months after treatment (сoverage amount is 200,000.00 €)
  • Free consultations with the attending physician for the period of 3 months after treatment completion
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