Our department was established in 1944. Prof. Jin Ohtsuka initiated research on myopia in 1946, and Emeritus Prof. Takashi Tokoro established high myopia clinic in 1974 as the world only clinic specific to pathologic myopia. To date, clinical practice as well as basic research on myopia have continuously been performed in our department. Uveitis clinic was established by Emeritus Prof. Manabu Mochizuki in 1988. Since Prof. Kyoko Ohno-Matsui was appointed to a professorship in our department, clinical practice and basic research on wide variety of fields such as glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, vitreoretinal disorder, and macular diseases in addition to myopia and uveitis have been actively performed.
1. High myopia
1) Analysis of retinochoroidal complications in high myopia (choroidal neovascularization, myopic tractional retinopathy)
2) Evaluation of the molecular mechanism of choroidal angiogenesis using the cultured cells as well as experimental animals (collaboratory project with Department of Cellular Physiological Chemistry)
3) Gene analysis of highly myopic patients (collaborator project with Kyoto University)
4) Establishment of a novel therapy to prevent an axial elongation or the formation of posterior staphyloma
2. Ocular immunology and inflammation
1) Evaluation of the molecular mechanism of immunoregulartion in intraocular inflammation
2) Pathogenic mechanism of intraocular inflammatory diseases
3) Development of novel treatments of intraocular inflammation
4) Molecular diagnosis of virus-infected uveitis and intraocular lymphomas.
1) Evaluation of the change of the circulation as well as the glucose metabolism in the visual cortex using positron emission tomography (PET) in various ocular disorders
2) Mechanism of visual pathway in normal conditions as well as in the patients with amblyopia.
4. Vitreoretinal disorder
1) Development of a novel treatment for vitreoretinal disorders like retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular holes.
5. Strabismus and amblyopia clinic
1) Effect of the visual background on binocular vision as well as the influence of strabismus on dynamic visual acuity.
Undergraduate education of ophthalmology is composed of 1) classes on histology and physiology of the eye, and on diagnosis and treatment of ocular disorders, 2) combination block in which clinical examination is trained, and the diagnostic process is actively learned through group discussion using case series, 3) pre-clerkship and clerkship in which the medical students practically learn the major ocular disorders by seeing the patients and discussing in the conference.
After the initial residency of the first two years, the residency in ophthalmology in programmed for four years according to the educational program on diploma of ophthalmology by Japanese ophthalmological society.
The graduate students are expected to be academic doctors who develop and perform highly-qualified ophthalmologists, as well as become scientists who can perform basic research focusing on their clinical interest.
Lectures & Courses
Main objective of ophthalmology and visual science in the graduate course is to obtain the highly-advanced knowledge in the diagnosis and the treatment of various ocular disorders and to perform the basic research based on clinical experience.
Clinical Services & Other Works
Clinical practice is organized by the general ophthalmology clinic as well as the several subspecialty clinics. When the patients visited our department, they are screened in the general clinic, and then the final decision of the diagnosis and treatment is made in cooperation with each subspecialty clinic. Subspecialty clinics include high myopia clinic, uveitis clinic, glaucoma clinic, vitreoretinal disorder clinic, diabetic retinopathy clinic, neuro-ophthalmology clinic, and medical retina clinic. Approximately, 1,300 surgeries are performed per year (e.g., cataract surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, glaucoma surgery, strabismus surgery).