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Department of ophthalmology

Prof. Dr. med. Antonia Joussen, FEBO

About the department

The department of ophthalmology at the University Hospital Charite Berlin takes professional care of patients with diseases of eye structures. The experienced team provides conservative and surgical treatment using the latest methods and techniques. Moreover, the unit is a part of the certified centre of audiology, otorhinolaryngology and ophthalmology, which ensures an interdisciplinary approach to each case. Furthermore, the department is equipped with the IVOM (intravitreous operative drug administration) centre. In addition, the clinic carries out active scientific investigations in the frames of the Society for the Promotion of Research into Vascular Diseases of the Eye. Patients have an opportunity to participate in clinical research. The unit is also a training centre for future doctors and the basis for post-graduate studying in the ophthalmology field. 

The clinic is focused on diagnosing and treating various eye diseases, including eyelids, cornea, retina, lens and optic nerve conditions, etc. In addition, the doctors perform high-quality treatment of tumorous and degenerative diseases of the eye, paying particular attention to children's ophthalmological conditions.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Visual field examination (Octopus, Goldmann)
  • Color Vision Examination (Panel D15)
  • Mesoptometer II
  • adaptation test
  • Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP)
  • Electroretinogram (ERG and mfERG)
  • Electrooculogram (EOG)

Choroidal melanoma treatment:

  • Treatment by thermal action (TTT-transpupillary thermotherapy)
  • The surgical treatment of the tumour
  • Enucleation of the eye
  • proton therapy

IVOM centre:

  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • diabetic maculopathy
  • Maculopathy after venous vascular occlusion of the retina
  • Maculopathy in high myopia
  • Maculopathy after intraoperative interventions (Irvine-Gass syndrome)
  • Macular edema in uveitis
  • Maculopathy in rare retinal diseases

Ambulatory surgery:

  • toric lenses
  • multifocal lenses
  • multifocal-toric lenses
  • trifocal lenses 
  • intraocular lenses

Pediatric ophthalmology:

  • amblyopia
  • tear duct obstruction
  • cataract
  • Strabology/Orthoptics

Eye diseases treatment:

  • diabetic retinopathy
  • uveitis
  • keratitis
  • scleritis
  • adenovirus infection
  • toxoplasmosis
  • eyelid malpositions
  • neoplasms
  • glaucoma
  • cataract
  • aga-related macular degeneration
  • retinal detachment (ablatio)
  • retinopathy of prematurity
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Doctor profile


  • Studied medicine at the Ruhr University in Bochum, the University of Heidelberg 
  • Studied medicine at the University of Vienna, 
  • Practical year at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London scholarship holder of the Cusanuswerk Study Foundation
  • 1996-2001 Training in ophthalmology at the Universities of Heidelberg, RWTH Aachen University
  • Training in ophthalmology at the University of Cologne


  • 1999-2001 Postdoctoral fellowship, Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2000 Instructor Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • 2001 Specialist certification for ophthalmology 
  • 2002 Habilitation and Venia Legendi for the subject ophthalmology
  • 2002 Senior Physician at the Center for Ophthalmology at the University of Cologne
  • 2002-2007 Junior research group leader in the Emmy Noether program of the German Research Foundation
  • 2006 Appointment to the chair of ophthalmology at the University of Regensburg 
  • 2006 Appointment to the chair of ophthalmology at the University of Gottingen
  • 2006 Appointment to the chair of ophthalmology at the University of Dusseldorf
  • 2009 Appointment to the chair of ophthalmology at the University of Heidelberg
  • 2009 Appointment to the chair of ophthalmology at the Charite University Hospital Berlin
  • 2006-2009 Director of the eye clinic in Dusseldorf

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Editor of scientific journals
  • European Board of Ophthalmology
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