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Donald J. Munro is the Business Development Director of the Laboratory, University of Heidelberg.

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Two Apple cores

The Old and the New Korps: two cores

In news, history, Mar 01, 2023

Recommending realistic incision sizes!

Incision size recommendations - under the microscope.

In lab, news, Feb 16, 2023

Platinum Performance!

The German Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons was the largest face-to-face meeting in three years with 5,400 delegates. Four of the seven possible "Conference Best Paper Awards" went to Heidelberg researchers. Dr. Gerd U Auffarth received the first ever Platinum Medal to be awarded by DOC.

In laboratory, news, Jun 26, 2022

Announcement: Prof. Auffarth to present the 2022 Ernst Bodenheimer Memorial Lecture.

2022 Ernst Bodenheimer Memorial Lecture: "Corneal Treatments and Surgery 2022: What We are Doing Differently" Keynote by Gerd U. Auffarth, M.D., Ph.D. of Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg.

In lab, news, Apr 27, 2022

The Nuc'Cracker

“The Nuc´Cracker Suite**” was one of the award-winning videos at this year’s ESCRS congress. In this post, Dr Auerbach explains here why he made this 8 minute video and how he made it. “We wanted to present an artistic and didactic approach to cataract surgery, one where we lay out the important steps in a step-by-step sequence.”

In lab, news, Oct 10, 2021

The 80th anniversary of David Apple

Heidelberg 14 September 2021. Today would be the 80th birthday of David Joseph Apple, MD (14 September 1941, to 18 August 2011). He was the founder of our laboratory and above all he ...

In lab, history, Sep 14, 2021

Singapore winner!

Winner at the Film Festival 2021 of the Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons in Singapore. First prize in the category, **Corneal surgery:** was awarded to **Prof. dr med.Gerd U. Auffarth for the film entitled _First clinical experiences with an artificial hydrophilic acrylic endothelial Lamellar End stage Bullous keratopathy.

In lab, news, Aug 01, 2021

Remember 29th November!

Today, 29th November 2020, marks the 71st anniversary of the first implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) by Sir Harold Ridley in 1949.

In news, history, Nov 29, 2020

Anneke Worst (1928-2020)

We extend our condolences to Erik-Jan, family, friends, and colleagues of **Anneke Worst**, the founder (with her husband Jan) of the brilliant **Ophtec** IOL company. Please visit the Ophtec site, to see their memorial to Mevr. Worst: []

In ophthalmology, news, Aug 04, 2020

Chinese presentation

David J. Apple's presentation during the recent webinar. The PowerPoint slides are original and in English. For those who don't read Chinese, the PowerPoint slide are original. The presentation is in Chinese, but the slides are in English as well. For more information, visit:

In lab, news, Jun 21, 2020

After Lock-down - how to re-start?

Cataract surgery with IOL implantation has almost stopped in most countries because of regulations to arrest the spread of COVID-19 infections. In May, in many European and Asian countries, we start to see some relaxation of these regulations. The critical question now is how do surgeons re-start clinical and surgical practices once Lock-Down Restrictions have ended?

In news, COVID 19, May 11, 2020

DGII Mainz

Apple Lab at the 34th DGII Annual Congress.

In News, Feb 15, 2020

Welcome 2020: New website

2019 was a great year for the Center for Vision Research in its publications of clinical and laboratory studies in peer-review journals. We look forward to seeing our partners at the ESCRS Congress this year in Amsterdam. Future content will be contributor-based. We welcome new and original articles on IOL research and IOL history.

In lab, news, Jan 01, 2020

70th IOL anniversary

Today is the 70th anniversary of the first IOL operation, Sir Harold Ridley’s implantation of an intraocular lens.

In history, lab, Nov 29, 2019

2019 cataract poster prizewinners in Paris

ESCRS President presented the First Prize to Daniel Chang MD, USA. The Second prize went to Grzegorz Łabuz from The Apple Lab in Heidelberg. The TECNIS Synergy IOL maintained excellent continuous vision up to 33cm with distance vision better than 1.0 (20/20)

In Sep 15, 2019

EDOF wavelength dependence

The latest paper from the David J Apple Lab has been accepted for future publication in the influential American Journal of Ophthalmology. In vitro analysis confirmed Symfony’s wavelength dependence: performance was improved at a far distance but was worse at intermediate and near distances. Although the red filter did not improve distance vision, it caused visual deterioration at the near distance.

In publication, Aug 19, 2018

Optical Quality July 1, 2018

Pars Plana Vitrectomy (PPV) – with instillation of gas into a pseudophakic eye with an acrylic hydrophilic lens – seems to increase the risk for secondary calcification irrespective of the IOL manufacturer. In these cases, IOL exchange is the only treatment option available. Using **Share Link** – a personalized URL providing free access to the article – anyone will be taken directly to the paper on ScienceDirect.

In publication, news, Jul 01, 2018


PLEASE VISIT THE APPLE LAB EXHIBIT AT BOOTH 762 AT THE 2018 ASCRS•ASOA ANNUAL MEETING. The Apple Lab will be exhibiting at the ASCRS-ASOA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is open to the public.

In news, Apr 14, 2018

Dresden news

Dr. Hyeck Soo Son won the Best Paper of the Session on Intraocular Lenses at the 32nd annual meeting of the German-speaking Society of Intra Optical Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery (DGII) Dr Patrick R Merz was awarded for his presentation on the Optical Purity of Various hydrophobic acrylic IOLs. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the University of Heidelberg Eye Clinic.

In Feb 17, 2018

Albert Galand 1938 - 2015.

Albert Galand was born 29 October 1938 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (Brussels) and died 22 December 2015 in Liege, Belgium. He was a pioneer in capsular IOL design and intra-capsular techniques. His inventions in lens design in the 1990s were quickly picked up by European companies.

In pioneer, news, Jan 06, 2016

New Look for the Lab

In October the main laboratory room of the Apple Lab was refurbished. The room is now customised to carry out our main work on measuring and examining intraocular lenses. The Leader of the laboratory, Dr Patrick Merz welcomed the change. Later this year we will complete the project by installing more equipment in the lab.

In news, Nov 02, 2015

Jan Worst 1928 to 2015

Jan Worst was a pioneer of intraocular lens design and co-founder of the Ophtec IOL-manufacturing company. He died in Groningen in The Netherlands on 25th September 2015. He was one of the pioneers in IOL Development and a most influential innovator.

In pioneer, news, Oct 01, 2015

DGII Award for Mary Attia

Dr Mary Safwat Aziz Attia won the award for ‘Best Paper of the Session’ in the Scientific Sessions on Multifocal IOLs. The award was made at the 29th annual meeting of the German-speaking Society of Intraocular Lens Implantation, Interventional and Refractive Surgery. Dr Attia has been carrying out research in the Heidelberg Eye Department and the Apple Lab since June 2013.

In research, news, Mar 11, 2015

Feast for Eye and Ear

Prof. Gerd Auffarth, Head of the DJApple Lab and Chairman of the University Clinic Eye Department drew a record audience of 730 to his “Medicine in the Evening’ lecture on ophthalmology. The lectures are sponsored by the local Heidelberg newspaper **Rhein Neckar Zeitung**.

In news, Jan 25, 2015

The Ridleys visit the Lab

Nicholas and Lauretta Ridley visited the David J Apple Laboratory and met with some of the staff and directors of the laboratory. Nicholas had an attempt at cataract surgery using the laboratory’s phaco simulator and he remarked afterwards “he had not inherited his father's surgical dexterity!’

In news, Dec 22, 2014

Boston ASCRS.

Dr. Ramin Khoramnia MD FEBO won Runner-Up prize in the category, Cataract Complications, with the film ‘CSI: Heidelberg-IOL Analysis’ The film was made under the supervision of Prof Gerd Auffarth. It reports research work that Dr KhorAmnia and his colleagues at the Apple Lab have done in analysing intraocular lenses.

In news, Apr 30, 2014

Better vision for AMD patients.

Oculentis Lentis Mplus High Add IOL is a hydrophobic acrylic biconvex IOL which has a +8 D sector-shaped near addition resulting in 6 D of near correction at the spectacle plane and 1.5 times magnifying power. “It provides image magnification for near — quite useful for AMD patients who normally have to rely on low vision reading aids such as magnifying glasses or electronic reading desks,” Prof. Gerd U.

In clinical, news, Apr 03, 2014

Congratulations, Ramin!

Ramin Khoramnia,** Research Fellow from The Apple Lab came second overall in the European Board of Ophthalmology’s 2013 classification of 440 examination candidates. It is very important for European doctors to have a European degree these days, because European thinking is becoming more and more important.

In staff, news, Aug 29, 2013

A Lab with history

The origin of the David J Apple International Laboratory for Ocular Pathology goes back to the establishment in 1980 by David Apple and Randall J. Olson MD of a pathology laboratory i...

In history, Aug 01, 2013

The Legend of Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) was multi-talented: a theologian, a doctor of medicine, a church organist, philosopher, pacifist and a philanthropist. Schweitzer committed his life to this work. We must keep these ideals in mind as we build and develop the David Apple Laboratory in Heidelberg.

In news, Feb 22, 2013

Crossing an Ocean – the laboratory that moved

Last year, the Laboratory moved from Charleston South Carolina to University Eye Department of the University of Heidelberg. The intention is to create an international laboratory for research on intraocular ophthalmic devices. All of Professor Apple’s archives, historical laboratory samples and correspondence are housed.

In news, Nov 02, 2012

Moving to Heidelberg.

“For us, it is a great honour to be able to carry on the legacy of this great man,” says the CEO of the company. “We are proud to be part of the project,’ he adds, “and we are looking forward to working with the team.”

In lab, news, Sep 11, 2012