Ophthalmology

PI:     
Dr. H.J.M. Beckers
Dr. T.T.J.M. Berendschot
Dr. T.G.N.F. Gorgels
Prof. A. Kijlstra
Dr. R.M.M.A. Nuijts
Dr. J.S. Schouten
Prof. C.A.B. Webers

PhD-students:    
J. Brekelmans MSc.
Y. Cheng MSc.
E. de Clerck MSc.
M. Dickman MSc.
M. Elshout MSc.
J. Hoevenaars MSc.
S. Jonker MSc.
N. Makhotkina MSc.
P. Makles MSc.
M. van der Reis MSc.
H. Römkens MSc.
R. Shetty MSc.
A. Tan MSc.
Y. Tian MSc.
A. Vinekar MSc.
N. Visser MSc.
L. Wielders MSc.
S. Zhang MSc.


Focus of research:
Research is primarily clinical in nature, with a direct impact for patients (clinical trials, clinical decision models) and society (efficiency research and cost-effectiveness models). Research results contribute directly to sustainable care by preventing diseases and by controlling growth in care costs thanks to cost-effective solutions. Further, abnormalities of both neural and vascular tissues are directly measurable in the living eye.

Research is concentrated along the following lines:

  • Glaucoma: Modelling (identification of risk factors for disease progression), imaging (anterior chamber morphometry, nerve tissue analysis) and the development of new treatment strategies (biodegradable glaucoma filtration implant).
  • Cataract and Refractive Surgery: Development of innovative cataract surgical technologies such as femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery. Development of biomaterial applications for sustained release of drugs. Improvement of presbyopia correction using adaptive optics and toric (multifocal) intraocular lenses, intracorneal inlays and scleral implants.
  • Corneal Transplantation: Optimizing lamellar corneal surgery for diseases of the cornea.
  • Prevention: Development of retinal vascular analysis for early detection and monitoring of diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and Alzheimers’ Disease and research into the influence of diet in these diseases.
  • The Maastricht study: In a large epidemiological cohort study 5000 diabetes and 5000 controls are measured with state of the art measurement modalities to study causes and consequences of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Imaging techniques of the optic nerve, cornea and retina will provide new insights into neuro-degenerative changes in these syndromes.