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University Hospital Erlangen

location_on Erlangen, Germany
9.1/10 from 51 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology (251279)

Friedrich Kruse

Prof. Dr. med.

Friedrich Kruse

Specialized in: adult and pediatric ophthalmology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Erlangen offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of all diseases of the eye and its appendages. The department has 80 beds and seven state-of-the-art operating rooms, including an outpatient operating room, which makes it one of the largest specialized medical facilities of this kind. The department annually treats about 38,000 outpatients and 6000 inpatients. The high competence of doctors allows them to provide treatment even in particularly complex clinical cases. The department also offers 24-hour emergency medical care. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Friedrich Kruse.

The department is equipped with the most modern medical and technical equipment, innovative laser technologies, which ensures sparing and effective treatment of ophthalmic pathologies. The progressive surgical methods, especially in the field of corneal transplantation (descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty, descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty) contribute to the department's leading position at the international level.

The introduction of strict quality management system, continuous professional development of all employees and close cooperation with private practitioners and doctors from related fields allow the department's specialists to maintain high standards of medical care and to qualitatively restore patients' vision.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Surgical treatment techniques
    • Eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery
      • Plastic reconstructive eyelid surgery
        • Functional surgery in malformations (for example, in blepharoptosis, entropion, ectropion)
        • Functional eyelid surgery in benign and malignant eyelid tumors
        • Reconstructive eyelid surgery after the removal of benign or malignant tumors, after eye injuries, congenital changes, etc.
        • Aesthetic surgery (cosmetic eyelid surgery) with a laser or scalpel
      • Lacrimal surgery
        • Lacrimal duct dysfunction
        • Lacrimal duct obstruction
        • Consequences of injuries
        • Inflammatory and tumor changes in the lacrimal gland and lacrimal ducts
        • Therapeutic procedures with the use of an endoscope, scalpel and laser
      • Orbital surgery
        • Bulging eyes in exophthalmos
        • Enlarged palpebral fissure
        • Benign and malignant tumors
    • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous body, including in premature babies (in collaboration with the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine)
    • Cataract surgery
    • Laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma
      • Trabeculectomy
      • Canaloplasty
      • Trabeculotomy
      • Microsteering
      • Cyclodestructive interventions
    • Corneal transplantation
      • Perforating keratoplasty
      • DMEK
      • DSAEK
      • DALK
    • Selection of contact lenses
    • Laser treatment methods in:
      • Age-related macular degeneration (diode laser)
      • Diabetic retinal angiopathy
      • Glaucoma (for example, YAG laser iridotomy, laser trabeculoplasty)
      • Supportive medical care after cataract surgery (YAG laser)
      • Retinal vascular occlusion
    • Photodynamic therapy in age-related macular changes
    • Refractive surgery (PRK/LASEK, Femto-LASIK, implantation of an artificial lens)
    • Strabismus correction in patients of all age groups
    • Treatment of eye tumors, including radiation therapy
    • Eye injury treatment
  • Conservative treatment methods
    • Botulinum toxin injection (for example, in eyelid spasticity and repeated corneal ulcer)
    • Infusion therapy (for example, in retinal circulatory disorders or acute increase of intraocular pressure)
    • Drug treatment of circulatory disorders of the retina and optic nerve (papillary infarction, venous occlusion, arterial occlusion)
    • Optical rehabilitation in age-related visual impairment
    • Diagnostic services
    • Electrophysiological examinations
    • Frequency doubling perimetry
    • Fluorescein angiography
    • Diagnostics of glaucoma, including screening
    • Heidelberg retinal tomography
    • Long-term intraocular pressure measurement (24 hours)
    • Macular pigment optical density measurement
    • Examinations before anesthesia in infants
    • Optical coherence tomography
    • Optical biometrics
    • Spectral optical coherence tomography
    • Magnifying lens selection
    • Ultrasound diagnostics
  • Other diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

  • 1977 - 1984 Study of Medicine at the Medical School (including preclinical training) of the Free University of Berlin and Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg.
  • 1982 - 1985 Doctoral thesis "Modulation of intracellular amino acids in hepatocytes, perfused liver and fibroblasts".
  • 1983 - 1984 Medical practice year, Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1993 Habilitation. Subject: "Function of corneal stem and transient amplifying cells".
  • 2004 Chairman and Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology, Medical School of the University of Erlangen, Germany.

Positions

  • 1980 - 1982 Teacher, Department of Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin.
  • 1984 - 1988 Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • 1988 - 1991 Research Fellow, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida.
  • 1993 Faculty and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg.
  • 1994 Assistant Professor, University of Heidelberg.
  • 2000 Associate Professor, University of Heidelberg.
  • 2004 Chairman and Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology, University Hospital Erlangen, Germany.

Other Activities

  • Since 1984 Applicant of grants from the German Research Foundation (more than 20 conceded grants, including SFB 539).
  • Since 2004 Research Leader on Clinical Ophthalmology within SFB 539 (Glaucoma and Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma).
  • 2005 - 2007 Vice Speaker, SFB 539 (Glaucoma and Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma).
  • 2010 - 2011 Responsible for Research Grants within Spitzencluster of BMBF Medical Valley EMN (Center of Excellence for Medical Technology).

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