google_counter
background_img

University Hospital Heidelberg

location_on Heidelberg, Germany
9.8/10 from 57 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology (26071)

Gerd U. Auffarth

Prof. Dr. med.

Gerd U. Auffarth

Specialized in: adult and pediatric ophthalmology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Heidelberg offers the full range of high-tech diagnostic services, conservative and surgical treatment methods, including modern laser surgery. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Gerd U. Auffarth. According to the rating of the prestigious Focus magazine, the doctor is included in the list of the top specialists in Germany in the field of refractive surgery and cataract treatment!

The department is one of the most progressive medical institutions in Germany in the area of its specialization, and is also proud of its 150-year history and rich experience. The department has an Emergency Unit, which specialists are available around the clock, an Outpatient Surgery Unit, a Neuro-Ophthalmology Unit, a Section of Ophthalmologic Rehabilitation and other specialized centers.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of cataract
    • Pediatric (congenital) cataract
    • Complicated cataract with concomitant retinal pathology 
    • Cataract due to the intake of anticoagulants
    • Traumatic cataract
    • Age-related cataract
    • Cataract with additional risk factors
      • Femtosecond laser lens surgery
      • Microburst phacoemulsification (special ultrasound technology)
      • Hyperburst phacoemulsification (special ultrasound technology)
      • Aqualase procedure
  • Diagnostics and treatment of glaucoma
  • Diagnostics and treatment of corneal diseases, including corneal transplantation
    • Perforating corneal transplantation (full thickness corneal transplantation)
    • Lamellar corneal transplantation (transplantation of corneal layers)
    • Corneoscleroplasty (corneal and scleral transplantation)
    • Limbal transplantation
    • Corneal tectonic covering
    • Corneal ulcer covering with an amniotic membrane
  • Diagnostics and treatment of keratoconus
    • Treatment with ophthalmic or contact lenses
    • Crosslinking (cornea strengthening and keratoconus stabilization with a special laser)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of retinal diseases
    • Age-related macular degeneration
    • Diabetic retinopathy
    • Macular hole (retinal macular tear)
    • Retinal vascular occlusion
      • Laser treatments
      • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
      • Drug therapy
      • Radiation therapy for cancers
      • All microsurgical interventions on the retina and vitreous body
  • Refractive surgery (laser vision correction)
    • Myopia
    • Farsightedness
    • Astigmatism
    • Age-related farsightedness
      • LASEK laer vision correction
      • Femto-LASIK laser vision correction
      • Implantation of phakic intraocular lenses
      • Refractive lens replacement (lensectomy)
      • Crosslinking
  • Diagnostics and treatment of congenital or acquired iris defects (implantation of artificial intraocular lenses with a colored iris)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of strabismus in adults and children, treatment of neuro-ophthalmic diseases
    • Strabismus
    • Amblyopia
    • Refractive errors (including an objective determination of the need for prescribing glasses for children with a skiascopy)
    • Congenital and childhood-acquired eye diseases, including cataracts in children
    • Retinopathy of prematurity
    • Eye movement disorders
    • Nystagmus
    • Pupil diseases
    • Optic nerve diseases, including inflammatory ones (for example, optic neuritis)
    • Endocrine ophthalmopathy, orbital tumors, other orbital diseases, for example, orbital pseudotumors
    • Eyelid diseases (for example, congenital, neurological and age-related ptosis)
      • Eye muscle surgery (direct and oblique eye muscle surgery, muscle transposition, myopexy, revision surgery)
      • Eyelid surgery
      • Removal of the orbit tumors
  • Ophthalmic rehabilitation for patients of all age groups (ranging from newborns to the elderly)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of inflammation of the inner part of the eye (uveitis)
    • Laser treatments
    • VEGF inhibitor injections
    • Drug therapy (for example, using triamcinolone)
    • All modern microsurgical techniques for retinal and vitreous surgery
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Current Appointments

  • Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Heidelberg.
  • Director of the International Vision Correction Research Centre (IVCRC).
  • Director of the David J. Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology.

Professional Experience

  • 02.2016 Appointment as a Vice President of the German-speaking Society of Intraocular Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery (DGII).
  • Since 2012, Director of the David J. Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology.
  • 03.2012 - 02.2016 President of the German-speaking Society of Intraocular Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery (DGII).
  • Since 04.2011, Appointment as a Chairman of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 03.2009 Appointment as an Acting Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 08.2006 Certification of the Research Centre according to DIN EN ISO 9001-2000 and renaming into the International Vision Correction Research Centre (IVCRC).
  • Since 05.2005, Extraordinary Professorship, Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 02.2004 Appointment as a Deputy Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Since 02.2002, Board Member of the German-speaking Society of Intraocular Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery (DGII) and appointment as a Secretary of the Society.
  • 01.1999 Foundation/Head of the Heidelberg IOL and Refractive Surgery Research Group.
  • 01.1999 PhD thesis, Venia Legendi (Ocular Pathology), Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 12.1996 Residency and Board Certification in Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 10.1994 - 09.1995 Research "Genetic degenerative retinal diseases" of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 08.1992 - 09.1994 Max Cade Postdoctoral Research Grant, New York, Center for Intraocular Lens Research, Storm Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.
  • 09.1983 - 06.1990 Medical School, Aachen RWTH, Aachen, Germany.

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology.
University Hospital Heidelberg:

Request more information now.
We will be happy to answer all your questions.


Certificates

Need Help?

Thank you!

We received your treatment application in the best Europe clinics. Our manager will contact you within the next 24 hours.