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Department of OphthalmologyAddress

H-1085 Budapest, Mária u. 39.
Main desk tel.: +36-1-459-1500, ext. 54500
Secretary tel: +36-1-303-9435, ext. 54611 Tel: +36-1-267-4951, ext. 54534
Fax: +36-1-210-0309


Prof. Dr. Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, M.D., med habil, D.Sc.


The Department of Ophthalmology on Mária Street is the legal successor of the first Hungarian Department of Ophthalmology, which was founded in 1804. It has been operating in its present location since 1908 when two ophthalmology departments were established at Semmelweis University (formerly called Budapest Medical University and later Semmelweis Medical University). In 1972 the Tömő Street building was built, and at the time it was among the five largest eye clinics in Europe.   Tömő Street building functioned as 1st Department and Mária Street building as 2nd Department of Ophthalmology until 2005, when they were integrated on the management level. After the full renovation and modernization of the Mária Street building the departments were merged completely and moved in together in 2013.


The Department provides a wide coverage of services for most ophthalmic conditions. Services include:

–         General ophthalmology –         Cornea and eye surface diseases service (conservative and surgical) –         Glaucoma service –         Cataract operations –         Vitreoretinal service (conservative and surgical retina) –         Uveitis service –         Ophthalmic oncology, plastic surgery and periorbital surgery service –         Pediatric ophthalmology, orthoptics and strabology –         Dacriology service –         Emergency operations for eye injuries


Gradual education: teaching in Hungarian, English and German language for fifth-year medical and dental students.

Special consultation in topics: –         ophthalmological anesthesiology –         diabetic retinopathy –         age-related macular degeneration –         retinopathy of prematurity –         secondary glaucoma –         corneal topography and endothelial microscopy –         vitreoretinal diseases –         surgical treatment of strabismus –         dry eye syndrome –         laser therapy in ophthalmology –         treatment of myopia –         electrophysiology of the eye Resident education: Number of residents: 4-8 each year. Continuing medical education:

Regular teaching programs for board certified ophthalmologists and for representatives of related disciplines.

Training programs for sub-specialists: On following topics: –         pediatric ophthalmology –         orthoptics –         retinopathy of prematurity –         paralytic strabismus –         retinal detachment –         age-related fundus abnormalities –         diabetic and circulatory eye diseases, hypertension, ophthalmological consequences of renal diseases –         glaucoma –         laser therapy of eye diseases –         corneal topography –         neoplasms of the eye and adnexa –         ophthalmic oncology –         ophthalmic anesthesiology –         ophthalmic micro-surgery Miscellaneous:

The Department also provides regular training programs for Ophthalmic Healthcare Professionals and Optometrists.

Health Care

The Department is equipped with the latest diagnostic tools and a state-of-the-art operating floor. We provide care for a wide range eye problems from common complaints to rare conditions that require treatment not available elsewhere in the region. The clinic operates as a level 3 referral center.

The Department is equipped with 68 beds for inpatients (60 adult, 8 pediatric), with an additional one-day surgery ward. Annual turnover is 7000 patients. The outpatient unit treats more than 210-225.000 patients yearly.

The Department also provides emergency service for urgent eye problems.


The Department is involved in the following research projects: –         Treatment of corneal and ocular surface diseases –         Experimental studies on wound healing after excimer and femtosecond laser therapy –    Modern diagnostic and treatment options of keratoconus. Surgical technics of lamellar and perforating keratoplasty –      Pathomechanism and treatment of glaucoma –         New methods and techniques in cataract operations, evaluation of surgical success –         Radiological and surgical treatment of ophthalmological neoplasms –         Research on the genetic background of ocular diseases –         Development of amblyopia –         Research on the development and therapy of retinal diseases –         Electrophysiology and treatment options of retinal dystrophies –         Endonasal dacryocystorhyonostomy –         Special aspects of ophthalmic anesthesia –         Ophthalmic drug research and development

Research projects include participation in several (Hungarian and international) multicenter clinical trials, as well.


Last updated: October 19, 2018