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In addition to our polyclinic for basic care with a 24-hour emergency service, we offer all special consultation hours in ophthalmology. If an operation is necessary, you can rely on our experienced specialists and state-of-the-art technology. In addition to the outpatient area, our clinic also has a ward to ensure you receive the best possible care.

Outpatient offer

The Eye Polyclinic is the center for outpatient basic ophthalmological care within the Eye Clinic.

We guarantee a 24-hour emergency service all year round.

Other important functions of the Eye Outpatient Clinic

  • Consultative examinations We carry out consultative examinations at the request of other doctors and hospitals.
  • Cooperation with other medical clinics of the University Hospital The Polyclinic works closely with other departments of our Eye Hospital and the clinics of the University Hospital. This enables us to offer our patients optimum medical care.
  • Training of specialists and students The Polyclinic plays a central role in the training of doctors. This training function sometimes leads to slightly longer waiting and examination times, but enables in-depth and careful patient care.

We perform state-of-the-art eye operations and outpatient treatments in our day clinic.

Minimally invasive - mostly seamless surgical techniques with the smallest of steps - and local anesthesia procedures enable short hospital stays. After consultation with the attending physician, we can also perform these procedures under general anesthesia.

The day clinic offers you optimal care and nursing immediately before and after the operation.

In complex situations, the comprehensive care of the eye clinic is available to you at all times.

At the Eye Clinic at Felix Platter Hospital, experienced senior physicians offer the entire range of basic ophthalmology diagnostics and treatment. Patients benefit from the modern infrastructure at the Felix Platter Hospital site. If further clarification is required, the entire range of examinations and treatments at the University Hospital Basel can be accessed easily and without complications.

In complex situations, the comprehensive care of the Eye Clinic is available to you at all times.

At the Felix Platter Hospital, experienced senior physicians at the Eye Clinic offer the entire range of basic ophthalmology diagnostics and treatment:

  • Eye test
  • Eye pressure measurement
  • Screening examinations (e.g. for diabetes mellitus, macular degeneration, short-sightedness)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, macular and retinal diseases, eye inflammation, dry eyes, diseases of the eyelids and tear ducts, diseases of the cornea

The Eye Clinic practice offers outpatient consultations on Tuesday mornings from 8 am to 12 noon and on Friday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm. You can reach us by telephone at +41 61 265 90 90.

The Eye Clinic is located on the first floor of the Felix Platter Hospital. You can find us by using the main entrance and registering at the main desk. The eye clinic practice is on the left. The Felix Platter Hospital staff will be happy to show you the way.

University Hospital Basel - Eye Clinic Practice
Burgfelderstrasse 101
4055 Basel

You are welcome to book your desired appointment for the following offer directly online here:

  • General eye check-up
  • Eye test for learner's license
  • Eye test for traffic medical check (MFK)

If you would like to make an appointment for any other type of treatment, please contact us by telephone on +41 61 265 90 90 or by e-mail( to arrange an appointment or to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Your eye clinic team at Felix Platter Hospital


Dr. Hanna Zuche



The Eye Clinic examines and treats patients with defined and mostly chronic diseases in special consultation hours. The special consultations are grouped thematically and cover the entire spectrum of ophthalmology.

Offer of special consultation hours

Healthy and functioning upper and lower eyelids and normal lubrication of the eyes are essential for good vision (and appearance).

The main focuses of the eyelid and tear duct consultation are

  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery (drooping, drooping eyelids)
  • Diagnosis, treatment and removal of benign and malignant tumors of the eyelids and orbit
  • Reconstruction of the eyelids or parts of the eyelid after accidents or tumors
  • Restoration of the correct eyelid position and function in the case of eyelids that have turned in or out
  • Treatment of chronically watery eyes using outpatient laser surgery or surgical methods

Registration for eyelid and lacrimal duct consultations

Tel +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43



Dr. Martina Althaus

Senior physician

This consultation is aimed at patients with

  • Muscle spasms in the face (dystonia), e.g. involuntary eyelid spasm (blepharospasm)
  • Meige syndrome
  • Hemispasm facialis

However, Botox can also be used to treat

  • Certain forms of squinting
  • Upper eyelid retraction (upper eyelid too wide open)
  • Lack of eyelid closure with resulting corneal desiccation
  • Severely watery eyes

Registration for Botox consultation

Tel +41 61 265 87 05

Fax +41 61 265 87 44


Prof. Anja Palmowski-Wolfe

Head Physician

Eye complaints caused by inflammation of the soft tissues of the eye socket, known as endocrine orbitopathy, are found in around 50% of patients with an autoimmune thyroid disease (Graves' or Hashimoto's type).

The very multifaceted clinical picture often means a massive reduction in quality of life for those affected, due to possible visual disturbances/double vision, painful inflammation and external changes in appearance ("big eyes").

Recognizing the disease at an early stage, initiating any necessary anti-inflammatory therapy in good time and working closely with colleagues from related disciplines such as endocrinology, otorhinolaryngology (ENT) and oral and maxillofacial surgery are crucial for effective treatment.

A multidisciplinary treatment concept is regularly developed in our interdisciplinary consultation hours (Joint Clinic) together with our colleagues from Endocrinology at the Thyroid Center Basel and other specialist disciplines are involved as required. Our membership of the European Working Group on Endocrine Orbitopathy (EUGOGO) gives us access to the latest scientific findings and enables us to participate in multicenter clinical studies.

Registration for endocrine orbitopathy consultation

Tel +41 61 265 87 05

Fax +41 61 265 87 44

Eye inflammation comes in many forms and can affect both the front and back parts of the eye.

Internal eye inflammation (uveitis) is particularly dangerous for vision. Diagnosis and treatment can often be very complex.

This consultation offers affected patients long-term, multidisciplinary care and advice.

Registration for inflammation consultation

Tel. +41 61 265 86 86

Inflammations occur in isolation or as part of general illnesses (e.g. rheumatism). Functional disorders and infections of the ocular surface also occur frequently.

Depending on the clinical picture, we treat with medication or surgical methods. We can often only maintain the structure and function of the eye through complex therapies.

Registration for inflammation / infection consultation

Tel +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of severe visual impairment and goes unnoticed for a long time.

Apart from high eye pressure, other factors can also lead to glaucoma.

The glaucoma consultation is aimed at patients who would like a more detailed glaucoma assessment or advice on laser or surgical operations if the desired results are not achieved with drug therapy, and glaucoma treatment must be carried out for life. We offer our glaucoma patients long-term therapeutic support and advice.

Registration for glaucoma consultation

Tel +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43

In the tumor consultation, we diagnose and treat all tumors

  • of the eyeball
  • the eyelids
  • the conjunctiva
  • the lacrimal duct system
  • the eye socket

In this consultation, we see around 600 patients a year and initiate further conservative or surgical measures.

Registration for Clinical Pathology / Tumors

Tel +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43

The collaboration between contact lens opticians and the eye clinic is of great importance. This is where we professionally fit the various types of contact lenses.

In the contact lens consultation, we offer our patients

  • standard fittings
  • the correction of complicated visual defects and irregular corneal surfaces with specially made contact lenses
  • therapeutic contact lenses
  • individual advice

In addition to selected contact lens accessories, a range of care products is also available.

Registration for contact lens consultation

Phone +41 61 265 87 07

Telephone hours: Mon-Thu 8.30-11.30 and 13.30-16.30, closed Wednesday afternoon


Counter opening hours: Mon-Thu 8.00-12.00 and 13.00-17.00, closed Wednesday afternoon

You are welcome to book your desired appointment for an initial contact lens consultation or check-up directly online here. If you would like to make an appointment for another treatment offer, we are available to help you find an appointment and to answer your questions or concerns by telephone on +41 61 265 87 07 or by e-mail(


Ralf Beuschel, M.Sc., Dipl. Ing. (FH) Ophthalmic Optics Optometry

The retina consultation is aimed at patients with diseases of the retina, vitreous humor and macula.

These include

  • Retinal detachment
  • Degeneration and holes in the peripheral retina
  • Macular hole and opacity
  • Gliosis of the macula
  • Vitreous detachment and opacification
  • Vitreous hemorrhages
  • Vascular diseases of the retina
  • Diabetic retinal changes
  • Eye injuries
  • Vascular occlusions in the eye

Numerous specialized examination methods enable a precise diagnosis to be made. We offer our patients comprehensive advice on treatment options.

In terms of treatment, we differentiate between medical retina (treatment without surgery) and surgical retina (treatment with surgery).

Medical Retina

The medical retina consultation includes the assessment and treatment of retinal diseases with conservative therapy, laser or injections.

Typical clinical pictures in the Medical Retina are

  • AMD (age-related macular degeneration)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vascular occlusion
  • Macular edema

Registration Medical Retina Coordination

Phone +41 61 265 87 49

Telephone hours Mon-Fri 08.00-12.00 and 13.30-16.30

Counter opening hours Mon-Fri 07.30-11.30

Surgical retina

We cover the entire surgical spectrum of ophthalmology and offer you the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. You will be treated by experienced specialists in a pleasant atmosphere. All procedures can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.

Registration for Surgical Retina Consultation

Tel. +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43


Prof. Christian Prünte

Chief Clinical Physician

PD Dr. Pascal Hasler

Head physician

The consultation is aimed at patients with problems with the cooperation of both eyes.

Most common problems

  • Eye movement disorders
  • Eye tremor
  • Strabismus

Pediatric ophthalmology

This consultation focuses on the early detection and treatment of visual impairments in childhood.

This includes, for example, amblyopia, which can be detected, treated and even cured in childhood through targeted (preventive) examinations.

Another focus is the diagnosis of hereditary eye diseases in children.

We also offer preventive examinations for newborns and premature babies.


Neuroophthalmology deals with diseases

  • of the pupils
  • the optic nerve
  • the visual pathways
  • the visual center in the brain

Registration for strabismus, pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology consultations

Tel +41 61 265 87 05

Fax +41 61 265 87 44

Mon - Fri 08.00-12.00 / 13.30-16.30

Orthoptics is closed on Wednesday mornings.


Prof. Anja Palmowski-Wolfe

Head physician

This consultation is aimed at patients who suffer from vertigo.

In the orthoptics department of the eye clinic, we clarify whether diseases of the eye are causing the dizziness or whether further clarifications are necessary.

The dizziness consultation is an interdisciplinary consultation and, in addition to the clarification, there are interdisciplinary discussions with colleagues from ENT (ear, nose and throat), neurology, psychosomatics and physiotherapy, after which we will draw up an individual clarification and treatment plan for you.

Registration for dizziness consultation

Tel +41 61 265 87 05

Fax +41 61 265 87 44


Prof. Anja Palmowski-Wolfe

Head Physician

In this consultation hour, we advise and support visually impaired patients together with Sehbehindertenhilfe Basel.

The aim of the low vision assessment is to make the best possible use of impaired vision with optical aids.

The consultation takes place at the Sehbehindertenhilfe Basel:

Sehbehindertenhilfe Basel AG

Zürcherstrasse 149

4052 Basel

The team at Sehbehindertenhilfe is available from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 noon and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm. Appointments can be made either by e-mail or by telephone:

+41 61 564 04 04


Jutta Killer

Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

Counseling and Rehabilitation Department

Phone+41 61 564 04 32

The optic nerve transmits signals from the eye to the brain and can be affected by degenerative, inflammatory, vascular (circulatory disorders, vascular occlusions) and other diseases on its long journey.

This consultation offers patients long-term care and therapy - in close cooperation with other medical disciplines.

Registration for consultation

Optic disorders/glaucoma

Tel +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43


Prof. Konstantin Gugleta

Head physician

Hereditary optic atrophy (Leber's hereditary optic atrophy (LHON), autosomal dominant inherited optic atrophy (ADOA))

Patients with unclear visual disorders are examined in order to clarify whether a hereditary disease of the optic nerve is present, which can be treated with a co-enzyme Q preparation, for example.

If necessary, modern examination methods are used:

  • Slice images of the retina (OCT)
  • Examinations of the visual field
  • Examination of retinal function using electroretinography ("ECG of the eye")
  • Examination of the function of the optic nerve (visual evoked potentials)
  • Testing the pupil reaction as an indication of an underlying neurological disease (pupillography)


Prof. Anja Palmowski-Wolfe

Head physician

Dr. Françoise Roulez

Ophthalmologist FMH

Revital Vision / Neurovision

Our vision is not a purely optical matter. It is the neuronal processing in the brain that makes our vision possible. This processing can be improved through so-called perceptual learning.

Application for:

  • Amblyopia (weak vision)
  • Presbyopia (presbyopia)
  • Low vision (poor vision e.g. with retinal diseases)
  • After laser surgery (e.g. Lasik)
  • Disorder of contrast vision (twilight, night)

Visual training specifically promotes and trains the performance of our brain structures. Better vision is achieved through targeted training of contrast perception.

This vision training is currently not covered by health insurance. The cost is CHF 1,400.

Registration for strabismus, pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology consultations

Tel: +41 61 265 87 05

Fax: +41 61 265 87 44

Mon - Fri 08.00-12.00 / 13.30-16.30

Orthoptics is closed on Wednesday mornings.

The anterior segment consultation includes diagnostics as well as medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the anterior segment of the eye

  • the eyelids
  • the conjunctiva (conjunctiva)
  • the cornea (cornea)
  • the lens

Clouding of the lens (cataract) is treated using modern surgical methods (by inserting an artificial lens). The artificial lenses implanted by us are aspherical as standard, have a blue filter and are free of charge.

Corneal transplants (PKP, DALK, DSAEK and DMEK) are available for permanent damage to the cornea (e.g. after infections, clouding, scars and degeneration).

Registration for consultation on anterior segment of the globe, cataract, cornea

Tel +41 61 265 86 86

Fax +41 61 265 87 43

Stationary offer

Despite the general tendency in ophthalmology to perform most operations on an outpatient basis, there are always situations in which inpatient treatment is recommended.

In the case of complex surgical procedures on the eye, complex issues or patients with multiple diseases or poor general health, we recommend an inpatient stay. The decision to stay as an inpatient is made in consultation with you and usually takes between two and three days.

The visiting hours of the ward are from 11 am to 8 pm.

Information on

A large number of diagnostic examinations are carried out in our eye clinic. It is not always easy for patients to keep track of all of them. We have therefore summarized the various examinations for you below. This list is not exhaustive. It is therefore possible that your attending physician may order examinations that are not listed here. Our medical-technical assistant (MTA) will explain the examination procedures relevant to you in detail.

This method can be used to determine the exact extent of a color vision disorder in the red-green range. During the examination, the patient looks through the eyepiece of the anomaloscope (similar to a microscope). A circle bisected in the middle and showing two different colors can be seen. The next step is to match the colors with the help of the dials.

The atlas can be used to measure the entire surface shape and curvature of the cornea. To do this, the patient looks into the device, which measures the eyes without touching them.

Biometry involves measuring the length of the eyeball, lens thickness, anterior chamber and curvature of the cornea. Optical biometry is currently the safest method for determining the optimal artificial lens prior to cataract surgery (= cataract).

  1. Biometry with laser light method
    The measurement is carried out without contact using a very weak laser light.
  2. Biometry with ultrasound
    The eye is anaesthetized with drops. A tube filled with water is then placed on the eye and an ultrasound pen is held over the eye for measurement without touching it.

The topographic endothelial microscope is used to visualize the morphology as well as the cell count of the corneal endothelium (this is the innermost layer of the cornea). The patient looks into the endothelial microscope, which carries out the measurement without contact.

This is a measurement method that measures either the movement of the eyes or changes in the electrical resting potential of the retina (the eyes behave like an electrically polarized needle). Several electrodes are attached to the head for this purpose.

For the ERG examination, a hair-thin electrode is placed in the eye and several electrodes are attached to the head. The eye is exposed to various light stimuli that differ in terms of intensity, frequency and background illumination. This allows the different cells of the sensory cells to be examined separately.

In principle, this method is similar to ERG, where a hair-thin electrode is placed in the eye and several electrodes are attached to the head. This time, however, the stimulus is a contrast pattern. Small hexagonal areas of the retina are exposed to light. In this way, it is possible to stimulate the sensory cells very precisely and check their function. In particular, the function of the macula (the area of sharpest vision) is examined.

This test is used to diagnose or rule out color vision disorders. The patient has to order different colors in sequence. Most retinal or optic nerve-related causes of visual impairment are associated with altered color perception. The type and severity of the color vision disorder can provide additional or indicative information or reveal contradictions

This is an imaging procedure for diagnosing diseases of the retina, the choroid and/or the optic nerve head. Before the examination, a dye (= contrast medium) is injected into the arm vein. A camera is used to document the accumulation and distribution of this dye (fluorescein or indocyanine green). In addition, the retina is illuminated with various light sources (e.g. infrared, UV).

With this examination, the blood vessels behind the eye can be visualized and the blood flow velocities in the selected blood vessels can be measured. An ultrasound probe is placed on the closed eye for the measurement.

In fundus photography, a special camera takes photos of the back of the eye (retina, choroid, optic nerve head). This allows changes in the fundus of the eye to be detected.

Capillary microscopy is performed on the fingers. The finest veins (capillaries) on the nail fold of the hands are examined with a microscope and their behavior in the cold is evaluated.

A cuff is attached to the arm, which measures the blood pressure automatically and at regular pre-programmed intervals. The values are recorded by a small recording device. This allows blood pressure to be measured in hospital or at home, particularly at night.

Light-dark adaptation is the adaptation of the eye to different light conditions. The mesoptometer allows the measurement of immediate adaptation to changes in light conditions and glare sensitivity as well as the examination of twilight visual acuity.

OCT can be used to examine the individual layers of the retina and optic nerve (similar to computer tomography) and to measure the thickness of the nerve fiber layer. During the measurement, the eye is scanned point by point by a weak laser light without being touched.

This method is used to record the oxygen saturation in the blood during the night, which provides information about breathing during sleep. Measurements are taken using special sensors that are attached to the finger with a clip (similar to a thimble).

The so-called perimeter is used to test the field of vision of the eyes. The perimeter is a large hemisphere in which points of light flash at various points. The examination provides information about vision loss or visual impairment in the field of vision. This is the region in which the eye can perceive objects without focusing on them directly. It allows us, for example, to recognize an approaching car in good time.

The Retinal Vessel Analyzer can be used to examine the width of the retinal vessels. The device consists of a digital camera that records an image of the back of the eye with the visible retinal vessels (arteries/veins). Using a special program, the vessel diameters can be measured precisely over time.

This procedure is used to examine certain parts of the eye (conjunctiva, cornea, etc.). A fine slit-shaped beam of light is directed at the eye while the eye is photographed without being touched. In addition, an external image or overview images of the face or eyes can be taken.

This measurement derives the brain's reaction by stimulating the visual cells with a checkerboard pattern on a screen. Electrodes are attached to the head for the examination. During the procedure, the patient must fixate a specific point on the monitor with the checkerboard pattern. This procedure provides information about the function of the associated nerve pathways.

Several electrodes are attached to the head to measure the mfVEP. During the examination, the patient must look at a monitor on which many hexagons alternate quickly and without recognizable order between black and white. Analyzing the reaction to these stimulus patterns makes it possible to compare the simultaneous VEP responses of many small parts of the optic nerve.

This scanner is used to obtain detailed cross-sectional images of the anterior sections of the eye, including the drainage paths of the fluid from the eye and the thickness of the cornea. During the examination, the eye is scanned point by point by a weak laser light without being touched.

* For this examination, the pupils must be dilated with eye drops (mydriasis). Please note that your visual acuity will be impaired for a few hours afterwards and you will not be allowed to drive.

Information video: Administering eye drops and eye ointment