Dr. Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, University Professor and Department Chair
Vision is mankind’s most important sense. 90% of our perception is realized through our visual system. Perfect vision is the prerequisite for an independent life, work performance and personal quality of life. The eye is an individual’s most fascinating organ. It is as highly differentiated as the human brain, and also as sensitive. Diseases of the retina often have serious consequences, which when left untreated can cause irreversible damage and vision loss. Ophthalmologists therefore carry a particularly high responsibility as their patients’ situation is particularly delicate.
I have been actively engaged in clinical research and teaching ophthalmology for three decades. During this time numerous groundbreaking innovations have revolutionized diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives in the field. I have had the privilege of contributing to this pioneering work through personal and innovative medical and scientific activities. This has not only increasingly qualified me within in the expert medical faculty, but has been an intense motivation to efficiently treat and find solutions for every eye problem.
Success in medicine should always be measured by its value to the individual patient. Advances in clinical research can only be achieved together with an engaged patient and would be unattainable without personal commitment from both sides. For me, the most important professional task in general and in my practice is to bring back the benefit of the clinical and scientific progress to my patients.