We want to move ophthalmology forward, and at the same time, to be the leader in the field not only in the Czech Republic but also at the world level. That's why we have our development team working to create new tools, procedures, and dietary supplements that help prevent vision problems. We have been very proud, for example, of the thinnest needle in the world, which is the result of our development.
We are continually enhancing our knowledge and expertise at the Gemini Eye Clinic and as in other areas of medicine, sharing knowledge and skills with other specialists working at the best foreign eye care facilities is also essential in our field. Similarily, the leaders in the field of ophthalmology come to educate themselves not only directly at our clinic but also at the Zlín Ophthalmological Festival (ZOF) and the Prague Ophthalmological Festival (POF), which are organized by the Gemini Eye Clinic team.
GEMINI Eye Clinic has long been engaged in research and development in the field of ophthalmology. We work with ophthalmologists and experts from around the world. We conduct health studies and participate in projects that aim to improve health care and develop new technologies for future generations.
This project aims to implement a technical solution of an injection device for drug delivery to the human eye’s cornea. Currently, no alternative would similarly address the problem of drug delivery to the cornea. This is a unique method for which it is necessary to create a technical and technological solution. This project should help us find the right technologies and materials suitable for the application.
We have been developing Gemioptal® dietary supplements, which help to prevent eye diseases. Thanks to the number of scientific studies, clinical trials, and our ophthalmologists’ knowledge, we can provide our patients with a comprehensive treatment including prevention, in cooperation with renowned manufacturers of dietary supplements.
The aim of the project is to develop and construct a circular screen for the treatment of presbyopia and the way of its application. To construct a device reproducible during the formation of the circular screen for the treatment of presbyopia.
The project aimed to build capacity for the implementation of R&D and deepen the cooperation with research institutions. The established DICs are used for development in the field of ophthalmology.
There are specific eye surgeries in which following the postoperative instructions is essential for their correct outcome. This can be, for example, a more complex corneal or retinal surgery. In this case, holding the head in a specific position plays an essential role. At the Gemini Clinic, we have developed the Positio device, which alerts patients when they put their heads in the wrong position. Its principle could also be used against falling asleep at work, as you can see in this funny video.
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In October 2006, chief surgeon Pavel Stodůlka was the first surgeon in the Czech Republic to perform diopter surgery using the femtosecond laser LASIK method. Thanks to the laser, which replaced mechanical tools, the operation became more accurate, safer, and completely painless. With the femtosecond laser LASIK method, it is possible to remove both myopia and farsightedness, including their combinations with astigmatism.
The year 2008 was crucial not only for the Gemini Clinic but for the entire Czech ophthalmology. The very first year of the Zlín Ophthalmological Festival of Case Studies (ZOF) took place in Zlín – today, it has been a traditional meeting of ophthalmologists from the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2013, the conference was followed by the Prague Ophthalmological Festival (POF). In addition to case studies from the field, these large international congresses also include live surgery sections, i.e., live operations broadcasted online worldwide. Both conferences are organized by the chief surgeon of the Gemini Eye Clinic, Pavel Stodůlka, and his team.
Dr. Stodůlka was also the first surgeon in the Czech Republic to perform cataract laser surgery. At the same time, it was the first VICTUS laser operation in Europe. President Václav Klaus is one of the first patients to undergo this more accurate, safer, and gentler procedure at the Gemini Clinic. Cataract surgery with the VICTUS femtosecond laser platform is still one of the most current ways of removing cataracts.
Implantation of a diffractive phakic lens had its world premiere at the Gemini Eye Clinic in April 2014. This method presents a medical solution for patients who, for particular reasons, cannot undergo laser eye surgery. Phakic lens implantation allows the removal of myopia and farsightedness (including combinations with astigmatism) in patients with a high number of diopters or with a thin cornea.
In cooperation with the Gemini Eye Clinic and Dr. Stodůlka, the world-unique CAPSULASER developed by the American company Excel Lens was created in 2016. This device is irreplaceable for several reasons: on the one hand, it can prepare a cloudy human lens for removal in just one second, which significantly shortens the course of the entire cataract operation. On the other hand, it is much smaller and cheaper to operate than femtosecond lasers.
Minimal corneal intervention, more stable result of the surgery, greater safety, faster recovery. This is the ReLEx Smile method until 2017 used only for myopia corrections. We were the first in the Czech Republic to use this method to operate on farsightedness. And to date, Gemini clinics are world leaders in the number of patients operated on in this way.
In September 2019, a new type of femtosecond laser operation was introduced at the European Congress of Ophthalmologists in Paris. Surgery with an elegant solution relieves the patient of high astigmatism. In a procedure called “lenticular rotation,” the eye surgeon uses a laser to create a narrow slice from the patient’s cornea that, when adequately turned, reduces the patient’s astigmatism (i.e., incorrect corneal curvature). Pavel Stodůlka performed the first worldwide procedure of this type at the Gemini Eye Clinic in Zlín.
In December 2019, ophthalmologists from the Gemini Eye Clinic in Zlín performed cataract surgery with the assistance of the fastest laser in the world in the field of eye surgery. The unique femtomatrix laser, developed by the French company Keranova, brings several new technical solutions. As the only laser in the world designed for eye surgery, it has a robotic arm, and the laser beam is guided by an optical cable. As the only laser in the world designed for eye surgery, it has a robotic arm, and an optical cable guides the laser beam. This makes the laser many times faster than current lasers used in ophthalmology. The laser also offers a solution for complicated cases of hardened lenses. The advantage is also in the advanced analysis, thanks to which only as much energy is used during the procedure as is actually needed.