University Hospital Dusseldorf

Duesseldorf, Germany

Reconstructive eye surgery in traumatic injury of eyeball (program ID: 271774)

Gerd Geerling

Prof. Dr. med.

Gerd Geerling

Department of Ophthalmology

Specialized in: ophthalmology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

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 Düsseldorf clinic treats all diseases of the eye - from glaucoma to retinal detachment. In this respect, the clinic has specialised mainly on particularly difficult courses of illness. The eye clinic enjoys an international reputation in its special field of corneal transplantations. Every year, it performs around 300 corneal transplantations and is thus the largest transplantation centre in Germany.

In close cooperation with other institutes of the university clinic, the eye clinic gains annually more than 500 corneal transplants. In the "Lions Hornbank" associated with the clinic, the donated corneas can be cultivated 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. The corneas not used by the eye clinic for its own transplantations, are passed on by arrangement to other clinics in all of Europe by the coordination centre Eurotransplant.

Such a corneal transplant is the only chance for many patients not to go blind forever. In a manner of speaking, the cornea is the window of the eye: if it becomes cloudy or scarred through an infection or injury, not enough light penetrates into the eye. Since the tissue cannot regenerate itself this leads to blindness. In this case a corneal transplantation is the only remedy. This operation is successful in almost all cases: for the patient it is often like a small wonder when after the operation he or she can suddenly see almost normally again.


Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • ophthalmologic examination:
    • ophthalmoscopy
    • gonioscopy
    • pachymetry
    • optical coherence tomography OCT 
    • perimetry (visual field test)
    • computer perimetry
    • Goldmann-perimetry
    • fluorescein angiography
    • thermography
    • capillary microscopy 
    • testing for optic nerve damage
    • tonometry
    • intraocular pressure measurement
  • preparation according to preoperative standard
  • reconstructive eye surgery
  • symptomatic treatment
  • full board clinic stay in 2-bed room 
  • cost of required medications
  • nursing staff services
  • elaboration of further recommendations
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Düsseldorf University Hospital is a maximum-care hospital, and as such, at Düsseldorf University, or UKD, are a byword for international top-quality service in all areas of medical care. One particular strongpoint is the integration of clinical service and research – a necessity when it comes to patient care with the best possible standards that medical science has to offer. The close integration between patient care, research and medical training in one place presents decisive advantages for our patients – you will not only benefit from modern, high-performance equipment in the individual clinics and speciality departments, but also from the latest results from medical research, right from the source.

Apart from that, our many individual clinics work together in a close network, giving you the benefit of a united source of knowledge and experience from all medical disciplines. This is how we lay the groundwork for effective treatment in the future to benefit patients with diseases that cannot currently be cured, at best relieved. We work closely with partner universities based inside and outside Germany, helping us gain new knowledge and improve our understanding of diseases, leading to new, innovative methods in diagnostics and therapy.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

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Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.