University Hospital Cologne

location_on Cologne, Germany
9.5/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Ophthalmology (26157)

Claus Cursiefen

Prof. Dr. med.

Claus Cursiefen

Specialized in: ophthalmology

The Department of General Ophthalmology of the University Hospital Cologne under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen is one of the largest ophthalmology centers in Germany and has a long successful experience in the treatment of both anterior and posterior segments of the eye. The main task of the department is outpatient and inpatient treatment of all eye diseases. The main focuses of the department include corneal surgery, treatment of glaucoma, cataract and refractive eye surgery. To treat eye diseases, the department uses state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced surgical techniques.

The treatment of eye diseases involves the use of the following cutting-edge surgical techniques:

  • Lamellar corneal transplantation (DMEK, DSAEK) in endothelial dystrophy 
  • Lamellar corneal transplantation (DALK) and treatment of corneal collagen cross-linking in keratoconus 
  • Refractive laser and lens surgery: PIOL, LASIK, LASEK
  • Non-filtering glaucoma surgery: Canaloplasty and Trabectome®

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claus Cursiefen introduced a variety of new surgical techniques in the field of corneal surgery. These techniques enable a more accurate and sparing replacement of the damaged corneal areas for donor material. The department uses innovative methods of lamellar keratoplasty, in which only a part of  the cornea is replaced by donor material. The part incapable of functioning is replaced and the healthy part remains. In 2013, the Department of Ophthalmology performed keratoplasty in almost 400 patients, with the very latest minimally invasive techniques used in more than 80% of cases. These achievements made the Department of General Ophthalmology one of the leading centers in Germany and Europe.

The range of medical services of the department covers:

  • Corneal crosslinking
  • Excimer laser – Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)
  • Excimer laser LASIK, PRK and LASEK
  • Femtosecond laser LASIK
  • Anterior layered (lamellar) keratoplasty
  • Posterior layered (lamellar) keratoplasty
  • Combined transplantation with cataract surgery
  • Combined transplantation with the surgery for glaucoma treatment/removal
  • Perforating keratoplasty
  • Amniotic membrane transplantation
  • Mucous membrane transplantation

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