University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Surgical treatment of congenital glaucoma with total or basal iridectomy (program ID: 101607)

Gerd U. Auffarth

Prof. Dr. med.

Gerd U. Auffarth

Department of Ophthalmology

Specialized in: ophthalmology

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down
  • Leiter des David J. Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology, Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg (seit 2012)
  • Ernennung zum Präsidenten der Deutschsprachigen Gesellschaft für Intraokularlinsen-Implantation und Refraktive Chirurgie (DGII) (03/2012)
  • Ernennung zum Ärztlichen Direktor der Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg (04/2011)
  • Ernennung zum Kommissarischen Ärztlichen Direktor der Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg (03/2009)
  • Zertifizierung des Forschungszentrums nach DIN EN ISO 9001-2000 und Umbenennung in International Vision Correction Research Centre (IVCRC) (08/2006)
  • Außerordentliche Professur für das Fach Augenheilkunde durch die Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, seit (05/2005)
  • Ernennung zum Leitenden Oberarzt der Abteilung Allgemeine Augenheilkunde und Poliklinik sowie zum stellvertretenden Geschäftsführenden Direktor der Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg (02/2004)
  • Vorstandsmitglied der Deutschsprachigen Gesellschaft für Intraokularlinsen-Implantation und Refraktive Chirurgie (DGII) und Wahl zum Sekretär der Gesellschaft (02/2002)
  • Gründung/Leiter: Heidelberg IOL and Refractive Surgery Research Group (01/1999)
  • Privatdozent/Venia Legendi an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg (01/1999)
  • Facharzt für Augenheilkunde an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg, Deutschland (12/1996)
  • Forschungsstelle „Erbliche Netzhauterkrankungen“ der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg (10/1994-09/1995)
  • Postdoc-Stipendiat der  Max Kade Stiftung, New York, am „Center for Intraocular Lens Research“, Storm Eye Institute, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA (08/1992-09/1994)
  • Abschluss des Medizinstudiums an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen, Deutschland  (09/1983-06/1990)
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The Department of Ophthalmology at the Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the most modern departments in Germany. The chief physician of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Gerd U. Auffarth. The Department offers modern high-tech diagnostic and surgical methods for conservative and ophthalmic surgical treatment, including modern laser surgery. The clinical focuses of the Department include strabismus treatment and neuroophthalmology, ophthalmic rehabilitation and treatment as well as surgical care of patients with other eye diseases.

In addition to the inpatient unit, the Department of Ophthalmology at the Heidelberg University Hospital has a big outpatient unit for outpatient surgical ophthalmology. The section for strabismus treatment and neuroophthalmology with the orthoptic center belonging to it cover the field of neuoroophthalmology and eye movement disorders. The section for ophthalmologic rehabilitation provides the patients suffering from vision impairment with a complex treatment and comprehensive counseling. The patients with hereditary retinal diseases as well as infants and children with vision impairments are also treated here. The section of refractive surgery (“See without glasses”) has opportunities for laser and microsurgical correction of ametropia.

The range of services of the Department of Ophthalmology under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Gerd U. Auffarth includes, i.a.:

  • Cataract and intraocular lenses
  • Glaucoma
  • Diseases of the cornea and corneal translant
  • Keratoconus
  • Refractive surgery (“See without glasses”)
  • Strabismus treatment and neuroophthalmology
  • Vision disorders (dull sight)
  • Uveitis – inflammation of the vascular eye membrane 

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
    • perimetry (visual field test)
    • computerperimetry
    • Goldmann-primetry
    • fluorescein angiography
    • thermography
    • capillary microscopy 
    • testing for optic nerve damage
    • tonometry
    • intraocular pressure measurement
  • preparation according to preoperative standard
  • treatment of congenital glaucoma with total or basal iridectomy
  • 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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About hospital

The Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest medical centers in Germany. The Faculty of Medicine of the Heidelberg University has the worldwide renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Hospital and Faculty strive together for the goal to develop innovative diagnostics and therapy and implement this technique quickly for the patient. “In Scientia Salus” (healing through science) is the motto of the Heidelberg University Hospital. With 44 medical departments it has a good reputation for its treatment in Germany and throughout Europe.

The focus of the Heidelberg University are cancer treatment and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the fields of transplantation medicine, neuroscience with psychosocial medicine, cardiovascular medicine, genetics and infectious diseases it is also at the leading digit.

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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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.