Members of ELZA are heavily involved both in clinical, but also in laboratory research. ELZA follows the american model, where advances in medicine do not necessarily have to be initiated at universities only. Rather, small and innovative “think tanks” can, in collaboration with academic institutions, be incubators for translational research.

The patient profits from doctors, that do not only apply the latest developments, but have a deep understanding of them, because they co-developed them.


Current focus of research at ELZA

Currently, ELZA’s research focuses on various topics, both in basic and clinical research.

Basic research

  • Retina

Molecular mechanisms leading to retinal degeneration. In vivo-work in transgenic animal models for retinal degeneration and ex vivo in incubated retinas. Publication of several high-impact papers, including Nature Medicine and Nature Genetics.

  • Cornea

Mechanisms of corneal wound healing after refractive laser surgery. Advancing corneal collagen cross-linking technology. Keratoconus and corneal biomechanics. Scleral cross-linking. Improving PACK-CXL technology for corneal infection.

Clinical research

  • Cornea

Improvement of current ablation algorithms in refractive laser surgery. Establishment of new techniques for the management of complications after refractive laser surgery. Improving the technique of corneal crosslinking (CXL) for the treatment of progressive keratoconus, iatrogenic keratectasia, corneal melting processes and corneal dystrophies.


Scientific publications of ELZA members


Why perform corneal cross-linking at the slit lamp?

CXL at the slit lamp
CXL at the slit lamp may provide access to ...

ELZA at 2017 Meeting of Polish Ophthalmological Society

Polish Ophthalmological Society 2017
Annual Meeting of the Polish Ophthalmological Society 2017 ...

Another step towards cross-linking at the slit lamp

Journal of Refractive Surgery April 2017 Cross-Linking at the slit lamp
Journal of Refractive Surgery: Cross-Linking at the slit ...

“Sitting down with” Interview with Farhad Hafezi

Sitting down with Farhad Hafezi
Sitting down with Farhad Hafezi "Sitting down with" ...

Video Interview: Global Innovations

Video Interview on a new indication for corneal ...

ELZA at the DOC Nürnberg 2017

ELZA DOC Nürnberg 2017
DOC 2017 in Nürnberg, Germany. ELZA speaks at ...

ELZA wins three Best Paper Sessions at ASCRS 2017

American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) ...

New insights on the penetration depth of cross-linking

Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal
Penetration depth of Cross-Linking is species-dependent. In this ...