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ELZA’s role in corneal disease

Members of the ELZA Institute have contributed significantly to the improvement of currently used technologies that reshape the human cornea.

One of our primary research foci is on corneal diseases that can lead to irregular astigmatism that cannot be corrected by spectacles. These diseases can be very debilitating, as they can massively reduce people’s visual acuity and in some cases, render them effectively blind. A typical cause of this amount of irregular astigmatism is keratoconus (and other corneal ectasias like Terrien’s or Pellucid Marginal Degeneration) but scarring due to corneal infection or injury are also common causes. It could happen to anyone. 

ELZA’s surgeons and researchers are heavily focused in progressing the field in terms of not only treating ectasias with cross-linking, but also using the excimer laser, where possible, to improve vision post-cross-linking vision. 

With our research laboratories at both the University of Zurich and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, we are deeply involved in research on this topic and our members give numerous international lectures every year across Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

Treating infectious keratitis with CXL is not like treating keratoconus with CXL

Treating infectious keratitis with CXL is not like treating keratoconus with CXL. We recently had to write a letter to ... Read more

SBAO Lectures @ ELZA. Keratoconus: medical care and visual rehabilitation

SBAO Lectures 2020 SBAO lectures - details Date: Monday, September 28, 2020 Time: 1.30pm – 5pm Location: ELZA Institute AG, ... Read more
woc 2020 virtual meeting

ELZA at the WOC 2020 Virtual Meeting

The World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2020 Virtual Meeting ( was held between June 26 and 29, as an alternative to ... Read more

Democratizing Corneal Cross-Linking

This month, Brazil's top Ophthalmology magazine, Oftalmologica Em Foco, features ELZA's Prof. Hafezi and Dr. Torres-Netto exploring the story of ... Read more

CXL breakthrough – thin keratoconus corneas can be treated with “sub400”

The ELZA Institute's Prof. Hafezi has revealed the "sub400" cross-linking protocol for thin corneas with keratoconus. Until now, these corneas ... Read more
Breakthrough in measuring the success of Cross-Linking for keratoconus

Breakthrough in measuring the success of CXL for keratoconus

Prof. Farhad Hafezi shows the new biomechanics CorVis display. See with your own eyes how much stiffer the cornea gets ... Read more

Prof. Hafezi at the 9th Congrès de la Vision in Rabat, Morocco

Prof. Hafezi was invited to give a series of four presentations at the 9th Congrès de la Vision in Rabat, ... Read more

Are different diagnostic instruments interchangeable when it comes measure corneal HOAs in eyes with keratoconus?

Why do stars sometimes “twinkle” in the sky? Atmospheric turbulence: the light that comes from the star gets distorted by ... Read more

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