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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.

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

CXL at the Slit Lamp at ESCRS 2019

Farhad Hafezi was interviewed during ESCRS 2019, held in Paris, France, by Touch Medical Media on how CXL is performed ... Read more

The Whitney G Sampson Lecture: Expanding CXL From Keratoconus to Infectious Keratitis

Prof. Farhad Hafezi, Medical Director of the ELZA Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, had the honor of delivering the prestigious Whitney ... Read more

ELZA at AAO 2019

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology was held in San Francisco between 12–15 October 2019 and ELZA's ... Read more

Which is stronger? PRK or SMILE?

A lot has been said about SMILE, some of which has been about how, in theory, corneas treated with SMILE ... Read more

ELZA at ESCRS 2019: a record 21 presentations

The annual meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) was held in Paris between 14–18 September ... Read more

ELZA at the CXL Experts Meeting 2018 in Zurich

The Cross-Linking Experts 2018 Meeting 2018 Zurich, organised by the Light for Sight Foundation,  took place in Zurich for the ... Read more
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