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Department of ophthalmology

PD. Dr. med. Ira Seibel

About the department

The department of ophthalmology at Helios Hospital Berlin-Buch was founded in 1951. The founder, Professor Georg Gunther, developed the first device in the GDR for objective visual acuity determination and was a founding member of the European Ophthalmic Pathology Society (EOPS). Throughout the time of the existence of the department, it established its reputation as a research facility. The focus is on findings on new methods in diagnostics and therapy and their application for the benefit of patients. The structure of the department includes eleven modern rooms and 21 beds, with around 2,000 patients with all kinds of eye diseases treated every year. In 2017, two high-precision femtosecond lasers were introduced. Surgery on cataracts and corrections for astigmatism are available thanks to this technology.

Conservative and surgical interventions provided help to treat poor eyesight, tumours, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and many other eye diseases. The department covers the full spectrum of ophthalmological medical care.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Laser therapies:

  • Femto-laser-assisted operations for cataracts, astigmatism and nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Argon laser treatment for diabetic retinal disease and circulatory disorders of the retina as well as glaucoma (glaucoma)
  • Treatment of secondary cataracts (clouding of the rear lens capsule) and narrow-angle glaucoma (disturbance of the drainage of aqueous humor) with the nd-YAG laser
  • Partial obliteration of the radiating body (cyclophotocoagulation) to reduce intraocular pressure in glaucoma

Treatment of age-related and neonatal cataracts

Glaucoma surgery to lower intraocular pressure

Refractive surgery to correct poor eyesight:

  • Implantation of phakic intraocular lenses (PIOL) – posterior chamber lenses in addition to the natural lens
  • Lens exchange, so-called "clear lens exchange" (CLE) of a natural lens for an artificial lens
  • Simultaneous correction of ametropia and presbyopia through multifocal lenses - "presbyopic lens exchange" (PRELEX)
  • Femto-laser assisted correction of astigmatism.

Retinal and vitreous surgery

Operations on the anterior segment of the eye

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Doctor profile


  • Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, USA
  • Fellowship at Virdi Eye Hospital, Chandigarh, India
  • Fellowship at St. Luke's Hospital, Pieta, Malta
  • Fellowship at Canton Hospital, Lucerne, Switzerland 
  • Fellowship at University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2017 Obtaining the Venia legendi (Habilitation) at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Topic: Complications after proton irradiation in uveal melanoma
  • 2008 - 2014 Ophthalmological training
  • 2014 Completion of specialist training at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • 2013 Obtaining the European Board of Ophthalmology Diploma (EBO exam)
  • 2010 Doctorate at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster Topic: Success of psychotherapy referral of a psychosomatic consultation service among neurologic inpatients
  • 2002 - 2008 Study of human medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster


  • Since April 2020      Chief Physician of the Eye Clinic at the Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch
  • 2012 to 2020 Eye clinic at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Since 2014  Senior physician at the eye clinic of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Since 2016  Senior physician at the eye clinic of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Since 2018  Radiation protection officer at the eye clinic of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Author of 57 research papers
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