Department of Ophthalmology is the largest institution for diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in Lithuania.
Mission of department:
To provide highly qualified ophthalmological service in accordance with international standards, to carry out and improve ophthalmology studies, to develop scientific activities, interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments and university researchers, to ensure the improvement of qualification of the medical staff.
The Department of Ophthalmology provides secondary and tertiary level ophthalmological services to children and adults from all Lithuania. The annual turnover is about 88,000 visits of adult patients and about 11,000 of children and more than 11,000 patients are treated in the different departments. The Department of Ophthalmology carries out intensive surgical work (more than 18,000 surgical procedures per year: cataract, glaucoma, vitreoretinal, corneal transplantations, keratoprosthesis, strabismus surgery, intravitreal injections etc.). Here are treated and operated the most seriously-ill patients from all over Lithuania and other foreign countries, including all the ophthalmooncological patients of the country.
In 2017, the Department of Ophthalmology of Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno Klinikos was granted European Reference Network membership in ERN-EYE (Rare Eye Diseases).
Academic Studies are integral part of everyday clinical practice: about 300 Lithuanian and foreign students studying in the Medical Academy of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences are having ophthalmology course annually and also residents cover a 3-year program in ophthalmology.
The Department of Ophthalmolgy of the Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was accreditated by Consilium Europeum Ophthalmologiae in 2010 and reaccreditated in 2017.