Special Clinical Focus

  • Corneal transplantation (DMEK, DSAEK, DALK)
  • Perforating keratoplasty
  • Refractive surgery
  • Ophthalmic oncology / eye lids
  • Neuro-ophthalmology / strabology
  • Retina / age-related macular degeneration (Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery; Headed by Prof. Dr. B. Kirchhof)

About us

The Center of Ophthalmology at the University of Cologne is a national and international center of maximum care in ophthalmology. The center reproduces the complete spectrum of ophthalmic care on the highest level possible. We are available 24/7, 365 days of the year for our patients.
Focus points of medical treatment at the Center of Ophthalmology are

  1. conservative and surgical treatment of glaucoma patients
  2. conservative and surgical treatment of patients with corneal disorders, incl. all modern methods of lamellar cornea surgery  (DMEK, DSAEK, DALK), refractive laser surgery and crosslinking (own eye bank)
  3. treatment of both children and adult patients with astigmatism and neuro-ophthalmic problems
  4. treatment of patients with benign and malignant eye tumors and disorders of the orbital cavity
  5. conservative and surgical treatment of patients with retinal disorders (incl. age-related macular degeneration) at the Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery (Head: Prof. Dr. B. Kirchhof)

Diagnostic Services

  • Diagnostics as well as drug therapy and surgical treatment of all forms of glaucoma
  • Smear test: diagnosis of infectious disorders of the conjunctiva and the retina
  • Intraocular pressure measurement: with well-known and innovative methods for evaluating the intraocular pressure: PASCAL® tonometer, Rebound tonometer (iCare®), Goldmann tonometer, Perkins tonometer, Schioetz tonometer
  • Biometry: measurement of the eye with the IOL-Master (corneal radii, depth of the anterior chamber, length of the ocular bulb) or ultrasound image for the precise measurement of intraocular lenses
  • Biomorphometrics of the optic papilla via HRT 3
  • Electrophysiology
  • Color vision test for the documentation of visual field defects, such as in cases of glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic diagnosis
  • Examination of the visual field: static perimetry (Octopus), kinetic perimetry (Goldmann)
  • Histology: histopathological examination of surgical specimen
  • Corneal thickness measurement (pachymetry)
  • Corneal topography: measurement of the anterior and the posterior corneal surface, e.g. in cases of keratoconus
  • Wavefront analysis of the cornea for the examination of aberrations (image defects)
  • HRT (Heidelberg Retina Tomograph): documentation of aberrations of the optic papilla, e.g. in cases of glaucoma
  • Scheimpflug camera: diagnostics of the anterior segments of the eye
  • 24h measurement of the intraocular pressure: for evaluation of the intraocular pressure in cases or in suspicion of glaucoma, also with measurement during the night and in a reclined position
  • Diagnostics of the precorneal film: e.g. Schirmer’s test I and II, breakup time for diagnosis of dry eye syndrome
  • Diagnostics of the tear duct: lacrimal lavage, lacrimal imaging in cooperation with our radiologists
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM): precise measurement of aberrations in the anterior segments, e.g. iris naevi, iris cysts; iridocorneal angle evaluation
  • Photography of the anterior chamber: documentation of aberrations in the anterior segments, e.g. iris or conjunctival naevi
  • OCT of the anterior segments (optical coherence tomography) for high definition, non-invasive tissue examination
  • Photo documentation of the optic papilla

Therapeutic Services

  • Corneal surgery (keratoplasty, DMEK, DSAEK, DALK, crosslinking)
  • Refractive surgery (LASIK, LASEK, PRK)
  • Cataract surgery, especially in complicated cases such as concurrent glaucoma, corneal opacity, keratoplasty and silicone oil injection, cataract surgery in children
  • Filtering glaucoma surgery: trabeculectomy
  • Non-filtering glaucoma surgery: canaloplasty
  • Iridocorneal angle surgery for glaucoma: trabecular aspiration, trabeculectomy, trabectome, argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT), selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)
  • Glaucoma implants: Baeryeldt implant, Achmed valve
  • Enucleation and evisceration with implant treatment
  • Iridectomy: surgical, laser iridotomy
  • Combined cataract / glaucoma surgery
  • Secondary cataract treatment with YAG laser and surgery
  • Eye lid surgery, e.g. for tumors
  • Plastic eye lid surgery for eye lid deformities
  • Tumor surgery: e.g. for tumors of the eye lids, conjunctiva, iris, orbital cavity
  • Cyclodestructive interventions: cyclophotocoagulation, cyclocryocoagulation, endocyclophotocoagulation

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

Our international patient service will look after you before and during your stay in Cologne and organize your travel arrangements, interpreter, etc.

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Other services

  • Astigmatism
  • Corneal disorders
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Refractive errors
  • Macular degeneration


Airports near

  • Airport Cologne Bonn17 km.
  • Airport Dusseldorf62 km.
  • Airport Frankfurt180 km.