Retinal and Lens Surgery

The seeing retina is a transparent layer lining the inner wall of the eyeball. The interior of the globe is filled with the vitreous body, a clear gel-like substance. This gel decomposes during life and detaches from the retina. With this process, floating dense structures, so-called mouches volantes, can occur and impair vision. These are clinically harmless,  but can be carefully removed if the patient is disturbed persistently.

Severe diseases of the retina often can only be treated by surgical intervention. Typical of these conditions are retinal detachment, macular hole, and gliosis of the macula, often referred to as macular pucker. These pathologies can cause severe scarring and traction on the retina and tend to occur during long-standing diabetes or after thrombosis. As an experienced retinal surgeon who has perfectionned her expertise at leading university hospitals in the world, I have great experience in the planning and performance of such operations, even in the most complex cases. Having been trained at Harvard and the leading surgical centers in Germany pioneering in vitreous and retinal surgery, I am able to master all the requisit surgical techniques with utmost safety and efficacy.

The leading procedure in modern retinal and vitreous surgery is called vitrectomy. The vitreous gel is carefully removed with fine endoscopes. No cutting or opening of the eye is necessary. Thereafter, pathologies of the retina are gently removed. Where there is a retinal detachment, the delicate ultra-thin retina is re-attached to its natural grounds and kept in place with the aid of air and biological gases to allow stable healing. I place particular importance not only to a careful procedure in the eye itself, but also to the patient’s comprehensive wellbeing. As a rule, general anesthesia can be completely avoided providing a gentle and time-saving operation. This allows sensitive, elderly or handicapped patients to be operated successfully without risk or emotional impairment. If, however, a patient prefers the procedure can, of course, also be conducted with a short anesthesia. In any case, not only the medical, but also the personal approach is adapted to the patient’s needs and the specific condition of the disease.