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Remember 29th November!

"Today, November 29, 2020, marks the 71st anniversary of Sir Harold Ridley's first implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) at St Thomas's Hospital in London on November 29, 1949."

In news, history, Nov 29, 2020

Congratulations Max!

Maximilian Hammer, a research student at the David J Apple Lab, won the 2020 MLP Medical Excellence Scholarship in the "Science" category, a 4000-euro award for outstanding German medical students.

In Laboratory, News, Nov 26, 2020

CSI: Heidelberg. Episode 4 DMEK with EndoArt®

The EndoArt, an artificial endothelial replacement membrane, has shown promising results in treating chronic corneal edema. This dome-shaped, 50-μm thick implant is made of a flexible, hydrophilic acrylic material and is designed to replace the diseased endothelium. It is implanted using the "push through" technique and has been shown to significantly reduce central corneal thickness and improve visual acuity in patients. The device has several advantages over traditional donor tissue, including being off-the-shelf, non-biological, and not requiring immunosuppressive treatment.

In news, Clinical, Oct 11, 2020

4. Heidelberger Helmholtztage, 27 & 28 November

The 4th Heidelberg Helmholtz Days will take place on November 27-28, 2020, as a hybrid meeting at the Palatin Congress and Cultural Centre in Wiesloch, Heidelberg. The event will have 150 in-person attendees and offer live online lectures, with a focus on current topics related to Hermann Helmholtz's work.

In event, news, Oct 03, 2020

Pinhole Xtrafocus

Heidelberg University Eye Clinic successfully treated a patient with radial keratotomy 22 years prior using a Morcher Xtrafocus lens, correcting fluctuating residual refraction after cataract surgery.

In Clinical, news, Sep 01, 2020

The aesthetics of iris reconstruction

A study evaluated the aesthetic outcome of iris reconstruction using a custom-made artificial iris prosthesis in patients with traumatic partial or total aniridia. The results showed good aesthetic outcomes, with patients, eye doctors, and laymen rating the overall aesthetic outcome highly. Pupil centration was a key factor correlating with aesthetic satisfaction, and the artificial iris was slightly brighter than the residual iris and fellow eye iris.

In laboratory, news, Aug 18, 2020

IOL sutured to an Artificial Iris - does it affect the IOL's optics?

Researchers assessed the optical quality of monofocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) sutured to an artificial iris, finding that while the lenses' modulation transfer function (MTF) decreased slightly, the changes were clinically irrelevant.

In laboratory, news, Aug 05, 2020

Anneke Worst (1928-2020)

Ophtec, a Dutch IOL manufacturer, was founded by Jan and Anneke Worst. Anneke Worst passed away in 2020, and the company continues to innovate with products like the Precizon Go IOL.

In ophthalmology, news, Aug 04, 2020

Dry eye drops

Evaporative dry eye (EDE) is a common condition where tears evaporate too quickly, causing discomfort, irritation, and blurred vision. It is often caused by meibomian gland dysfunction, which can be treated with warm compresses, thermal pulsation, intense pulsed light, and meibomian gland probing. EDE can also be managed with topical medications like spironolactone and azithromycin.

In clinical, news, Aug 03, 2020

Supplementary IOL calcification

Researchers analyzed explanted intraocular lenses from polypseudophakic eyes with supplementary sulcus-supported lenses, finding calcification in both capsular bag and supplementary lenses, with varying morphology and patterns related to environmental factors and comorbidities.

In lab, research, Jul 27, 2020