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Department of ophthalmology

Prof. Dr. med. Jost Hillenkamp, FEBO

About the department

The department of ophthalmology at University Hospital Wurzburg (UKW) treats all diseases of the eye, visual pathways and soft tissues around the eye. Thanks to modern technical equipment and experts in every field of activity, the department offers all the prerequisites for accurate and comprehensive diagnostics and innovative and sophisticated therapeutic procedures. The department specialists have the most modern diagnostic procedures, including optical coherence tomography, ultrasound diagnostics, and fundus autofluorescence. Functional and vascular changes are diagnosed using electrophysiological studies, fluorescein angiography and laser scanning methods. Over 20,000 patients, including 5,000 inpatients, are examined and treated in the department annually.

Today, as a centre of maximum care, the university eye clinic offers the entire spectrum of conservative and surgical treatment of the eye. The doctors' main directions will include treating diseases of the retina and vitreous body, glaucoma, tear duct, eyelids and orbit. In addition, the department treats newborns with congenital visual defects, as well as elderly patients with visual impairment for various reasons. Ophthalmologists offer traditional and modern surgical operations, the introduction of modern and effective drugs into the vitreous cavity, and laser therapy for the symptomatic or isotropic treatment of the disease.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Retinal and vitreous diseases 
  • Age-related macular degeneration 
  • Diabetic retinopathy 
  • Retinal vascular occlusion 
  • Choroid tumours 
  • Rare retinal diseases 
  • Inflammation of the inner part of the eye 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Congenital tear duct stenosis 
  • Amblyopia 
  • Retinopathy of prematurity 
  • Visual impairment and blindness 
  • Strabismus 
  • Cataract 
  • Eyelid deformities
  • Tumours of the eyelid and orbit 
  • Upper eyelid drooping (ptosis) 


  • Anamnesis (history of the disease) 
  • Clinical examination 
  • Colour vision test
  • Computerized optic disc imaging and nerve fibre layer analysis
  • Corneal topography
  • Electro-diagnostic testing
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Ocular coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Specular microscopy
  • Visual field tests
  • Ultrasound of the eye


  • Drug therapy 
  • Laser therapy 
  • Surgical treatment methods
  • Non-penetrating glaucoma surgery
  • Surgery of the anterior chamber angle
  • Drainage implantation
  • Endoscopy of the tear ducts using dacryoplasty
  • Canaliculoplasty
  • Minimally invasive lens replacement
  • Refractive surgery (LASIK and PRK)
  • Selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery
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Doctor profile


  • 1987 - 1993 Study of Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 1993 and 1995 United States Medical Licensing Examination and State Examination, Level 1 and 2 (Medical State Examination, USA)
  • 1994 - 1995 Intern in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Heidelberg University
  • 1995 Doctor's Certificate
  • 1996 - 1997 Internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Research Activities at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging of the Eye, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, USA
  • 2000 - 2002 Research Fellow and Scholar of the German Research Foundation, Rayne Institute, St. Thomas' Hospital, and Internship at the Retina Center, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK
  • 2007 - 2009 In-house Master's degree in Hospital Management, Faculty of Medicine at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel in collaboration with Damp Academy GmbH


  • 1997 - 2000 Assistant Physician and Research Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Duesseldorf
  • 2002 - 2004 Assistant Physician and Research Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Regensburg
  • 2004 Medical Specialist Certification in Ophthalmology and Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO) (European Specialist)
  • 2004 - 2007 Senior Physician in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Regensburg
  • 2007 - 2014 Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Deputy Director in the Department of Retinology at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
  • Since 2014 Director of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University Hospital Würzburg
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