Special Clinical Focus

  • ReLEx SMILE laser surgery
  • Corneal transplantation (DMEK)
  • Pars plana vitrectomy (retinal surgery)
  • Multifocal lenses to correct presbyopia
  • Phakic lenses (ICL)
  • Femto-Lasik

About us

Prof. Siegfried Priglinger is a specialist ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon in Linz. Here, he is the Director of the eye clinic at the General Hospital, Linz, and head of the private SMILE EYES Laser Eye Centre, Linz. The treatment emphases of the eye clinic at the General Hospital, Linz, include laser eye treatments, corneal transplantation, lens surgery (cataract and presbyopia) and, in particular, retinal surgery.
Among the particular treatment emphases of Prof. Siegfried Priglinger are up to date techniques of corneal transplantation such as DMEK and DALK, femto-laser-assisted surgery for cataract and presbyopia, retinal surgery and minimal invasive laser surgery (ReLEx SMILE) to correct defective vision.

The SMILE EYES Laser Eye Centre, Linz, is the only laser centre across Austria to provide this technology. In the modern ReLEx SMILE technique, laser beams are used, which only have an effect inside the cornea. These non-intrusively separate individual lamellae in the tissue and the surface of the cornea remains undisturbed and the nerves undamaged.
By contrast, the LASIK and FEMTO-Lasik techniques: the term LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. Both techniques function by removing corneal tissue with an excimer laser after preparing a corneal flap.

Together with these state of the art laser surgery techniques, the specialist ophthalmologist, Prof. Priglinger, has specialised in the treatment of retinal conditions. Above all, the surgical treatment of retinal conditions such as macular pucker, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration hold particular interest for Prof. Priglinger. All up to date techniques and medications are brought to bear in the care of age-related macular degeneration at the General Hospital, Linz.

In order to develop new, innovative therapeutic approaches for severe ophthalmalogical conditions, Prof. Priglinger has established a laboratory, which researches the molecular and cytological aspects of wound healing in ophthalmic surgery. The focus is on the pathogenesis of retinal conditions and minimal invasive glaucoma surgery (deep sclerectomy). Thus, together with a model for LASIK, an organ culture model for trabeculectomy surgery has also been developed by Prof. Priglinger.
In the area of clinical research, he evaluates, for example, surgical treatments for retinal vascular occlusion and is involved in the development of new stains for dyeing epiretinal membranes, the lamina limitans interna and the lens capsule.
As a specialist in his field, Prof. Priglinger also collaborates with various national and international institutions such as Stanford University, Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the Medical University of Vienna, the University of Erlangen, the Technical University of Dresden, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the BioMed Centre for Biomedical & Medical Research in Linz.
As a leading specialist ophthalmologist, Prof. Priglinger works both at the General Hospital of the City of Linz, where he is the Director of the Eye Clinic, and as the head of his private laser eye centre, Smile Eyes, in Linz. Particularly at the General Hospital of the City of Linz, Prof. Priglinger, as Director of the eye clinic, can treat patients holistically. Among the most frequent conditions in the area of ophthalmology are cataract, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as diabetic maculopathy, keratoconus and various vision defects, such as presbyopia.
In order to be able to treat these disorders optimally, the specialist ophthalmologist, Prof. Priglinger, includes the following special treatment emphases in his specialist field: corneal surgery, lens surgery, retinal surgery and ophthalmological laser eye treatments. These include the ReLEx SMILE technique, Femto-Lasik and Lasek.

Diagnostic Services

  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
  • Fluorescein Angiography (IVFA)
  • Biometry
  • Fundus photography
  • Corneal topography (Pentacam)
  • Electrophysiology (VEP, ERG)
  • Measurement of the optic nerve (HRT)
  • Perimetry (examination of the visual field)
  • Endothelial microscopy
  • Optical wave front measurement
  • Ultrasound


Therapeutic Services

  • Corneal transplantation (DMEK, DALK)
  • Femto-Lasik
  • Cataract surgery
  • Multifocal lenses
  • Phakic lenses
  • Pars plana vitrectomy (vitreous opacity, macular pucker, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment)
  • Intravitreal injection
  • Post-cataract surgery laser
  • Plastic surgery of the eyelid and lachrymal ducts
  • Glaucoma surgery (deep sclerectomy, SLT, trabeculotomy)
  • Botox


Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Ophthalmology

Other services

  • Short-sightedness
  • (Age-related) long-sightedness
  • Corneal dystrophy (keratoconus, Fuchs’ dystrophy)
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy


Airports near

  • Munich Airportca. 40 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Munich Main Train Stationca. 0.6 km