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University Hospital Cologne

location_on Cologne, Germany
9.5/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology (26157)

Claus Cursiefen

Prof. Dr. med.

Claus Cursiefen

Specialized in: adult and pediatric ophthalmology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Cologne offers the full range of diagnostics, conservative and surgical treatment of all eye diseases at the highest level of progressive medicine. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Claus Cursiefen.

All innovative treatment methods are available here, for example, modern methods of lamellar corneal surgery (DMEK, DSAEK, DALK) and laser refractive surgery (LASIK). The children and adolescents with visual impairment are treated in the specialized center, which is part of the department. In addition, the department is proud of its unique competence in the treatment of rare eye pathologies. As one of the largest and most reputable Ophthalmology Centers in Germany, which has more than 100 years of history, the department has all the necessary resources to provide first-class medical services.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of corneal diseases
    • Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK)
    • Laser therapy using excimer laser (phototherapeutic keratectomy)
    • Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK)
    • Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK)
    • Correction of keratoconus (UV cross-linking using riboflavin, DALK, perforating keratoplasty)
    • Implantation of intrastromal corneal rings in keratoconus
    • Corneal transplantation (in-house Eye Bank)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of retinal and vitreous diseases
    • Diagnostics
      • Angiography
      • Optical coherence tomography
      • OCT angiography
      • Microperimetry
      • Ultrasound examination
      • Electrophysiological diagnostics
    • Therapy
      • Treatment of complex retinal diseases
      • All vitrectomy procedures
      • Treatment of all types of retinal detachment, including complex ones
      • Microsurgical procedures (even in the most serious eye injuries and their complications)
      • Intravitreal injections with VEGF inhibitors (aflibercept (Eylea®), bevacizumab (Avastin®), ranibizumab (Lucentis®)) and corticosteroids (Iluvien®, Ozurdex®, triamcinolone) in the case of macular edema or choroidal neovascularization
      • Argon laser treatment (for example, in proliferative diabetic retinopathy, ischemic vein occlusion)
      • Subliminal laser treatment of central serous chorioretinopathy
      • Photodynamic therapy (Visodyne)
      • Magnifying optical devices
  • Laser vision correction (within the specialized center)
    • LASIK
    • Femto-LASIK
    • LASEK/PRK
  • Diagnostics and treatment of glaucoma
  • Diagnostics and treatment of cataracts
  • Diagnostics and treatment of all types of benign and malignant tumors of the eye and its appendages (ophthalmic oncology and ophthalmoplasty)
    • All types of benign and malignant eye tumors, in particular tumors of the eyelid, orbit and conjunctiva 
    • Malignant tumors of the iris, ciliary body and choroid
    • Congenital or acquired diseases of the eyelids, lacrimal ducts and orbit
    • Eyelid malformations, such as blepharoptosis, eyelid entropion and ectropion
    • Aesthetic and cosmetic defects of the eyelids, functional disorders, lacrimal duct occlusion
  • Medical care in corneal transplant rejection (within the Center of Excellence)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of dry eye syndrome, eye allergies
  • Diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired lacrimal duct diseases
  • Botulinum toxin therapy
    • Blepharospasm (chronic eyelid seizures)
    • Hemifacial spasm
    • Forehead wrinkles
    • Wrinkles between eyebrows
  • Hyaluronic acid therapy
    • Under-eye hollows
    • Nasolabial folds
    • "Puppet wrinkles"
    • Lip wrinkles
  • Ophthalmic echography
  • Strabismus correction, diagnostics and treatment of neuro-ophthalmic diseases
    • Congenital and acquired types of strabismus
    • Amblyopia
    • Eye movement disorders (including consequences of the traumatic, inflammatory and neurogenic lesions)
    • Diplopia
    • Forced head position
    • Congenital and acquired eyelids deformity
    • Nystagmus
    • Visual analyzer diseases, visual field disorders, pupillary diseases
    • Hereditary diseases of the optic nerve (for example, autosomal dominant optic atrophy, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy)
    • Ocular myopathies (eye muscle diseases)
    • Endocrine ophthalmopathy
    • Ocular type of myasthenia
    • Selection of magnifying optical devices
  • Diagnostics and treatment of uveitis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of rare eye diseases
    • Rare retinal diseases (for example, retinitis pigmentosa, Leber's amaurosis)
    • Hereditary vitreous and retinal diseases (for example, Stickler syndrome or familial exudative vitreoretinopathy)
    • Hereditary optic neuropathies (for example, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy or autosomal dominant hereditary optic atrophy)
    • Rare types of glaucoma and pediatric cataract, congenital glaucoma, Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, pediatric cataract in the context of rare metabolic disorders
    • Rare corneal diseases (for example, corneal dystrophy, aniridia, limbal stem cell deficiency)
    • Rare conjunctival diseases (for example, membranous conjunctivitis, ocular pemphigoid)
    • Rare types of strabismus and neuro-ophthalmic pathologies (for example, early childhood nystagmus and neurological nystagmus, congenital abnormal innervation)
    • Rare complex developmental disorders with eyeball lesion (for example, Goldenhar syndrome, microphthalmos)
    • Rare lacrimal duct pathologies
    • Rare eyelid diseases (for example, congenital entropion, ectropion and ptosis)
    • Rare eye tumors and its appendages (for example, Merkel cell carcinoma in the eyelid, conjunctival lymphoma)
    • Rare types of uveitis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of ophthalmic diseases in children (within a specialized center)
    • Early diagnostics of eye diseases, if necessary, examination is carried out under general anesthesia
    • Contactless examination of various eye structures using microscopic optical coherence tomography
    • Therapy using eye drops, glasses, contact lenses or surgical intervention
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • 1988 - 1995 Study of Medicine in Regensburg, Würzburg, Dundee, Malta and London, German Medical State Exam and USMLE.
  • 1995 - 2001 Research Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Erlangen (Prof. Dr. med. Gottfried Naumann).
  • 1997 Doctoral thesis defense with honors, Institute of Anatomy, University of Würzburg (Prof. Dr. med. Detlev Drenckhahn).
  • 2001 Exam in Ophthalmology, International Council of Ophthalmology, Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology, board certification in Ophthalmology.
  • 2002 - 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow of the German Research Foundation, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Prof. Dr. med. Wayne Streilein, Prof. Dr. med. Reza Dana).
  • 2003 Habilitation and Venia Legendi, University of Erlangen.
  • 2004 - 2011 PD and Senior Physician of the Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Erlangen, Director of the Eye Bank.
  • 2011 Member of the Board, Section Cornea, German Ophthalmological Society.
  • 2011 W2 University Professor for Ophthalmology, University of Erlangen.
  • 2011 W3 University Professor for Ophthalmology, University of Cologne.
  • 2011 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Cologne.

Awards and Honors

  • 1988 Educational Grant (abroad), ZIS e.V./German UNESCO, Schule Schloss Salem.
  • 1989 - 1995 Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholarship.
  • 1991 - 1992 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), University of Dundee, UK.
  • 1997 Award for Doctoral Thesis Defense of the Medical Faculty of the University of Würzburg.
  • 2004 Cora Verhagen Award, Section of Immunology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
  • 2005 First place for the Best Poster Presentation, World Cornea Congress, USA.
  • 2005 Sicca Research Prize, Section for Dry Eye Syndrome, German Professional Association of Ophthalmologists, Berlin.
  • 2006 Research Prize, Walter and Louise Freundlich Foundation, Frankfurt.
  • 2006 Sponsorship Prize of the Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology (GfMVB), Munich.
  • 2007 Nomination for the European Leadership Development Program (2007-2009) of the European Society of Ophthalmology, Vienna.
  • 2007 Research Prize of the German Society of Ophthalmology.
  • 2012 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • 2014 Dr. med. Mahlon Barlow Lecture, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
  • 2014 Best Paper Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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