Please read the information on eye surgery here.
My expertise in eye surgery, based on intensive research, years of experience in specialized outpatient clinics and thousands of operations, guarantee to be in the best hands. With over 10 years experience in surgery I successfully perform more than 800 eye surgeries every year.
What are vitreous diseases?
These diseases refer to the posterior part of the eye, the vitreous body. This gel-like, transparent substance has the function of “stabilizing” the posterior part of the eye.
What are retinal diseases?
The retina is a multi-layered nerve tissue lining the posterior part of the eye. In some parts of the eye the retina is closely attached to the vitreous body. For this reason, diseases of the vitreous body can cause diseases of the retina.
Diseases can affect the retina, which is responsible for recognizing “light and dark” as well as movements, or even the central retina (macula) which has the largest concentration of photoreceptor cells and is responsible for your near and distance visual acuity.
What is a cataract?
Cataract is a slowly developing clouding of your lens, commonly due to aging. With progression of the disease a gray coloring can be seen behind the pupil. Cataracts disrupt the path of light through the normallynormal clear lens and hence cause visual deterioration or impairment.
What are eyelid problems?
These include the age-related loss of elasticity (dermatochalasis) in the upper eyelid, eyelid malpositions (outwardly or inwardly turned lower lids) and neoplasms. Eyelid problems are not only aesthetic problems, but can lead to an increased or reduced flow of tears, or even restrict your field of vision.
How do you notice these diseases?
Your symptoms could be the following:
- You notice haze, streaks, flashes of light or floaters (vitreous symptoms).
- You have reading problems, blurry vision in the center of your visual field or you see wavy lines (macular diseases as e.g. membrane formation, macular hole formation, macular degeneration).
- You see a shadow, have a visual impairment or similar symptoms (retinal diseases such as retinal detachment or vitreous opacities or bleeding).
- Diseases of the vitreous and the retina are “pain-free”. Therefore, visual quality is the main indicator for these diseases.
- You notice symptoms such as blurred vision, increased glare (especially at night when driving), reduced contrast or see “as through a haze” (indication of cataract).
- You notice a deterioration of your vision.
- Restriction of your visual field, “tired look”, lubricating disorders of your eyes or aesthetic problems, as well as neoplasms (eyelid problems).
If you have these or similar symptoms, a careful eye examination is required to clarify the exact cause.
In addition to visual acuity testing, a (painless) dilation of the pupil might be necessary for a thorough examination of the posterior part of your eye. Therefore, please leave your car at home. Use public transportation or take a “driver” along. The pupil dilating drops will affect your ability to drive for approx. 4 hours.
Depending on the results of the eye examination, a surgery may be necessary.
Consultation and explanations
Should surgery be required, I will be happy to advise you in detail on the necessity of surgery, the procedure itself, the expected outcome and possible side effects. It is a major concern for me to address all of your questions and to explain in detail how the surgery will be performed.
When you decide to proceed with the surgery, I will give you a detailed explanation on the surgical procedure We will discuss details (such as the diopters and the type of the ideal intraocular lens in case of a cataract), your options for hospitalization, the choice of the anesthetic procedure or local anesthesia, any possible complications and the precautions to be taken after the surgical procedure.
After setting up an appointment for surgery, you will receive all necessary documents (informed patient consent, any necessary physical examinations, etc.).
After surgery, an appropriate aftercare is very important. At the follow-up appointments we will carefully check on the success of the surgery, the healing process and I will make time for your questions about what to do or what to avoid after the surgical procedure.
In cases of emergency or questions you can contact me at my medical practice (even outside of office hours), requests will quickly be forwarded to me personally. Moreover, you are welcome to contact me via e-mail.