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University Hospital Jena

location_on Jena, Germany
8.9/10 from 69 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology (252205)

Daniel Meller

Prof. Dr. med.

Daniel Meller

Specialized in: adult and pediatric ophthalmology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Jena covers the entire range of surgical and conservative ophthalmology. Of particular interest to the department's specialist are the diagnostics and treatment of cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, etc. Also, the scope of tasks includes the treatment of neuro-ophthalmologic diseases, correction of strabismus in adults and children. The department treats more than 3,000 inpatients and more than 20,000 outpatients every year. The department's doctors have innovative laser techniques, which allow them to improve and maintain vision without complex therapeutic manipulations. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Daniel Meller.

The department has excellent experience in cataract treatment. The drug treatment of this pathology often does not yield a positive dynamics, therefore, the patients with cataracts require a surgical intervention. During the operation, the surgeon removes cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial one. The ophthalmologists have in their arsenal various techniques to perform the operation, but the best option is selected for each patient individually based on the thorough diagnostic examination. All artificial lenses (monofocal and multifocal) used in the clinical practice are made of high-quality materials (for example, polymethyl methacrylate, silicone, acrylic) and provide good vision at a distance and in close proximity. The surgery is often performed under local anesthesia. In children, as well as in certain clinical situations in adults, general anesthesia is required.

Glaucoma treatment is also an important focus of the department’s work. In many cases, the drug therapy is enough (the use of special eye drops), but complicated glaucoma require the surgical intervention using classical surgical techniques or laser technologies. For example, glaucoma is mostly treated using such types of interventions as laser trabeculoplasty, trabeculotomy, viscocanalostomy, cyclodestructive procedures (cyclocoagulation, cyclophotocoagulation), iridectomy, etc.

In addition, the department has an orthoptic room, which experts specialize in the correction of strabismus in patients of all age groups. The treatment of strabismus in children is carried out by the specially trained doctors.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of cataract
    • Intracapsular cataract extraction Extracapsular cataract extraction
    • Phacoemulsification
  • Diagnostics and treatment of glaucoma
    • Conservative therapy (use of eye drops)
    • Surgical techniques
      • Laser trabeculoplasty
      • Opening of the scleral venous sinus
      • Trabeculectomy
      • Viscocanalostomy
      • Fistulizing operation (trabeculectomy)
      • Cyclococoagulation
      • Cyclophotocoagulation
      • Iridectomy (surgical technique using special scissors or laser)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of age-related macular degeneration
    • Drug therapy
    • Argon laser therapy
    • Photodynamic therapy
    • Intravitreal injections
    • Surgical treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of retinal detachment
    • Surgical treatment
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diabetic retinopathy (including in pregnant women)
    • Argon laser coagulation of the retina
  • Diagnostics and treatment of retinal vascular occlusion
  • Diagnostics and treatment of ametropia
    • Selection of the right glasses
    • Selection of right contact lenses
    • Surgical correction
  • Diagnostics and correction of strabismus in adults and children
    • Conservative methods (use of special patches, eye drops, etc.)
    • Selection of the right glasses
    • Surgical correction of strabismus
  • Diagnostics and treatment of keratoconus (cross-linking)
  • Diagnostics and treatment of neuro-ophthalmologic diseases
  • Diagnostics and treatment of corneal endothelial dystrophy (an innovative treatment method DMEK (descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty))
  • Diagnostics and treatment of tumors of the eye and its appendages
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the eyelids and lacrimal ducts
  • Other ophthalmic diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

  • Study of Medicine at the Ruhr University Bochum.
  • Internship in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Bonn.
  • Three-year scientific internship at the Basque Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami.
  • Since 2000 Senior Physician, Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Essen.
  • Since 2015 Professor of Ophthalmology and Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Jena.

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