Ophthalmology is one of the fundamental medical fields and a standard part of the curriculum in the master’s degree programs in General Medicine and Dentistry at our faculty. The subject Nursing Care in Ophthalmology, ENT and Dentistry forms part of the compulsory postgraduate education. Ophthalmology regularly tops student surveys for best instruction at the faculty. In 1995, the department began teaching doctoral students in both full-time and part-time study programs. The Department of Ophthalmology is among the best in the Czech Republic in terms of both the scope and quality of instruction. We currently have 22 doctoral students. Every year we grant degrees to at least five doctoral candidates. Ophthalmology has a separate specialized program in education and training and it is a separate branch for clinical medicine. The department is an accredited workplace for habilitation as well as for the appointment of professorships in the field of ophthalmology. Since 2013, it is the only site in the Czech Republic with accreditation from the European Commission for Ophthalmology for preparing board certification of EU doctors. It is also the only training center where doctors can acquire a license for work with the LenSX femtosecond laser system.
Modern methods of treatment
The priorities of the past decade, led by department head Prof. Jirásková, include the introduction of phacoemulsification in cataract surgery and implantation of Boston keratoprosthesis. The department is also the only public institution in which the LenSx femtosecond laser system is available for cataract surgery and corneal surgery. In a very short time the department was also able to implement the practice of vitreoretinal surgery. In addition, the founding of our refractive center now provides comprehensive care in the treatment of refractive errors using corneal surgery excimer laser and intraocular operations utilizing a wide spectrum of intraocular implants. there is also a center for the treatment of macular diseases, one of the few such places in the country that provide care for these financially demanding operations.
Supporting research programs
Research activities at the department focus on several basic areas, one of which is the evaluation of results of various techniques for cataract surgery and various types of artificial lenses. Other areas of interest include corneal and intraocular refractive surgery and treatment (both conservative and surgical) of congenital and degenerative diseases of the retina and cornea. We have been participating for many years in international clinical studies concerning the treatment of retinal diseases, glaucoma, and refractive surgery.