University Hospital Dusseldorf

Duesseldorf, Germany


Diagnosis of herpes simplex eye infection (program ID: 80701)


Gerd Geerling

Prof. Dr. med.

Gerd Geerling

Department of Ophthalmology

Specialized in: ophthalmology

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Ausbildung und Werdegang

Geerling besuchte das Norbert-Gymnasium Knechtsteden und studierte Humanmedizin an der RWTH Aachen und an einem Lehrkrankenhaus des King’s College London. 1994 wurde er von M. Reim über Untersuchungen von Hornhaut und Bindehaut nach Verätzung mittels Rasterelektronenmikroskopie und Energie-dispersiver Röntgenanalyse promoviert. 1996 erhielt er die Facharztanerkennung und war bis 2005 an der Augenklinik in Lübeck am Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein tätig. In dieser Zeit arbeitete er auch als Gastwissenschaftler am Institut für Biomedizinische Optik (vormals Medizinisches Laserzentrum) der Universität zu Lübeck.

Von 1997 bis 2000 und im Jahr 2003 absolvierte er zwei Forschungsaufenthalte am Moorfields Eye Hospital und Institute of Ophthalmology in London, davon je 18 Monate als Stipendiat der DFG und der Special Trustees des Moorfields Eye Hospital. Dort erlernte er die Techniken der lamellären Hornhautchirurgie von John KG Dart und der plastischen Chirurgie von J Richard O Collin und Geoffrey E Rose. Dazu arbeitete er in der grundlagenwissenschaftlichen Forschungsgruppe von Sir Peng T Khaw über die Wundheilungsreaktion des Auges.

2000 wurde Geerling Oberarzt in Lübeck und führte dort die Techniken der lamellären Hornhauttransplantation ein. 2004 wurde er Geschäftsführender Oberarzt der Lübecker Augenklinik. 2003 habilitierte er sich in Lübeck mit der Arbeit Natürliche Tränenersatzmittel. 2005 wechselte er als Professor für Ophthalmologie an das Universitätsklinikum Würzburg und war als leitender Oberarzt und Stellvertreter des Klinikdirektors tätig. Dort erlernte er die Glaukomchirurgie und baute die Lions-Hornhautbank aus. 2011 wechselte er als Professor für Augenheilkunde an die Universität Düsseldorf, wo er Direktor der Universitäts-Augenklinik wurde.

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The Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Dusseldorf specializes in the treatment of diseases of the anterior eye segment, particularly, in corneal diseases. In addition to the conventional surgery, here are performed all forms of lamellar corneal transplantation. The Department of Ophthalmology enjoys an international reputation in the field of its specialization – corneal transplantation. The head of the Department is Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Gerd Geerling. The Department performs a great number of operations to transplant cornea every year and is one of the largest transplant centers of Germany. The Department has 10 years of experience in the field of corneal transplantation. Here are used sparing minimally invasive surgical techniques. 

The work in this field is so effective as the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Dusseldorf together with the eye bank of NRW has one of the largest and oldest eye banks in Germany as well as a relevant experience. In close cooperation with other university medical institutions, the Department of Ophthalmology gains annually more than 500 corneal transplants. In the partner center "Lions Hornbank", the donated corneas can be kept for several weeks. Thus, the patients have the opportunity of preparing themselves in peace for the operation and selecting a suitable time for the operation. 

Moreover, the Department of Ophthalmology under the direction of Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Gerd Geerling offers a wide range of cataract and glaucoma surgery as well as all services of plastic surgery of eyelids, lacrymal passages and eye sockets. 

The focuses of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Dusseldorf are: 

  • Surgery and treatment of the anterior eye segment: Corneal transplants, cataract surgery, surgical treatment of glaucoma
  • Conservative treatment of the posterior eye segment: vitreoretinal surgery
  • Eyelids, lacrimal passages, eye sockets:
  • Plastic reconstructive operations in case of a malposition/ eyelid tumors, surgery of lacrymal passages, eye socket
  • Neuroophthalmology and strabology Orthoptics: strabismus and eye movement disorders, nystagmus, weak sight and all diseases related to it Neuroophthalmology: diagnosis of complex movement disorders and diseases of visual pathways in the patients with the main neurological diseases
  • Injuries: Surgical interventions in the most severe anatomical cases, for example, after the injuries 

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • history taking
  • ophthalmologic examination
  • microbiological examination
  • differential diagnosis
  • differential diagnosis
  • nursing staff services
  • elaboration of individual treatment plan
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