Sarah Zimmel

Report_Department of Ophthalmology


My clinical internship at the Department of Ophthalmology was not only my first insight into the Japanese health care system, but also an experience I will never forget. Under supervision of excellent doctors, I could improve my knowledge about the department’s target diseases such as retinal detachment and also train my practical skills in slit lamp examination and funduscopy. But apart from the standard diagnostic instruments, the outpatient center also offered a wide range of high quality machines such as various OCT and angiography devices, ERG, laser and adaptive optics, a technique enabling you to see single photoreceptor cells.

Considering the surgical field, I not only had the possibility to watch vitrectomies, glaucoma, cataract and strabism surgery, but also to actively practice operations on a VRmagic simulator. I was fascinated by the precision of the instruments and the realistic impression of the requirements needed for performing ophthalmologic surgery.

The highlight of my rotation at the Department of Ophthalmology was the visit of Professor Eberhart Zrenner, a German specialist on hereditary retinal degenerations from the University of Tübingen. He held an impressive lecture about retinal implants, which could be a solution for treating amblyopic patients in the near future. After his presentation, I got the opportunity to eat traditional
しゃぶしゃぶ and to experience the international approach of the ophthalmologic department as well as the deep friendship with the Tübingen University Hospital.

In two weeks, I got a fantastic overview of a medical specialty, I have only known partially from my studies in Vienna and I strongly recommend an internship at the Nagoya University Hospital for everyone interested in the different aspects of ophthalmology.

Sarah Zimmel, Medical University of Vienna