Cataract is a physiological aging of the intraocular lens. This is actually no disease. With advancing age the lenses in the eye become opaque. Statistics say at 75 years of age there is a cataract rate of 100%.


Blurry vision

Increases glare, especially at night

Prescriptions of glasses have to changed frequently

Cataract Symtoms

Cataract-surgery has a very high stand nowadays

Prof. Dr. med. Frank Schlichtenbrede
Owner and Medical Director of the AOZ Heidelberg

How are cataract surgeries done?

Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed out-patient surgery in the world. Surgery can be either done with topical anaesthesian (eye-drops) or general anaesthesia. Usually the lens is liquified with ultrasound and aspirated (phako emulsification).

For higher precision and more convenience cataract can also be done with the Femtosecondlaser. Advantages are: higher precision, more comfort, faster rehab and possibility to reduce existing or induced astigmatism.
At AOZ Heidelberg we offer both cataract surgery methods. 

After surgery with one of the methods mentioned a new intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted by the surgeon.

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Prof. Dr. med. Frank Schlichtenbrede, as owner and director of the AOZ Heidelberg, specializes in lens surgery and the anterior and posterior segment of the eye. Rainer Volz, MD, is a specialist in ICL and eye surgery. Jaron Schilling, MD, is our top surgeon for PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision, SMILE pro and LASIK. Together they have performed thousands of intraocular procedures. Christiane Schiltenwolf, MD, specializes in conservative ophthalmology.

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Intraocular lenses (IOLs)

A cataract surgery replaces the opaque lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). It is the patients choice, if the replacement is a standard or a premium lens.

Standard intraocular lenses are of good quality, but offer no added value.
Types of premium lenses:

Aspheric lenses for less glare and better dim-light vision

Toric IOLs to correct existing astigmatism

MFLs for vision in all distances without glasses

Different requirements

Different patients have different needs. Those can be met with the right choice of surgery and lens.

Standard surgery with standard lens

Premium lens surgery

Premium lens surgery with Catalys Femtosecondlaser

Multifocal-lens surgery with Catalys Femtosecondlaser

In Germany standard cataract surgery is covered by German statutory health insurance. Some insurances even cover premium lens or multifocal lens surgery, even with Catalys Femtosecondlaser. Ask your insurance agent.

Make your choice

At the AOZ Heidelberg you can opt for the following:

Standard cataract surgery

You get a classic phako- surgery with a spherical implant. Important: Your focal point will be corrected for distance. It is possible that you will still need to wear glasses.

Premiumlens cataract surgery

Benefits as with standard cataract surgery

Your choice of general anaesthesia

Highly experienced high volume surgeon

Correction for all distances is possible with the choice of the corresponding lens

Premium cataract surgery with Catalys Femtosecondlaser surgery

Contains all benefits from Premiumlens cataract surgery

Catalys Femtosecond laser based surgery for more safety, more precision, painless, 100% customized

Higher patient satisfaction

Faster recovery

Multifocal IOL Cataract surgery with Catalys Femtosecondlaser surgery

All benefits from Premium cataract surgery with Catalys Femtosecondlaser surgery

Choice of lens that corrects for all distances, with the result of no more reading glasses, no more glasses

Many good reasons to choose AOZ Heidelberg

Board certified medical doctors and surgeons

At the AOZ Heidelberg all medical doctors and surgeons are specialists in their respective fields.
Many good reasons

Experience meets continued medical education

All doctors at AOZ Heidelberg have a summarized professional experience of over 50 years. Permanent training and continued medical education ensure updated medical expertise.
Many good reasons

Quality and Service

Our goal ist o provide utmost service and quality for our patients.
Many good reasons

Procedures & Technology

Worldwide recognized technologies, medical equipment of renown brand producers and the use of premium products reflect our continued quest for quality.
Many good reasons

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