Research and innovation



The Switzerland Eye Research Institute, under the direction of Dr. Roberto Pinelli, is constantly contributing at an international level to the advancement of refractive surgery by means of scientific research.

The research work launched in Italy by Roberto Pinelli in 1998, when he was Director of the Institute for Ocular Laser Microsurgery, before completely selling the Institute in December 2014, led to the conception and development of new surgical techniques.

These include the P-Curve for correcting presbyopia, a method that Dr. Pinelli has further perfected in Switzerland in recent years, resulting in the Pinelli Presby Profile®, the only non-surgical technique that uses just photons to eliminate presbyopia. For this reason, the procedure is also called “No Touch”, since it uses only light to change the curvature of the cornea and eliminate the need for reading glasses.

The same concept lies at the heart of the Femtolasik Lux®, a procedure that uses femtosecond, exciplex and ultraviolet light at distinct stages of the procedure for the correction of myopia (short-sightedness), astigmatism and hypermetropia (far-sightedness).

There are in addition new therapeutic treatments, such as osmotic transepithelial cross-linking for the treatment of keratoconus, and new drugs: for example ParaCel®, eye drops that allow UV-A rays to penetrate into the cornea without removing the epithelium, the thinnest and external part of the cornea. The technique is therefore called “epi-on”, precisely because it keeps the epithelium in place. This has countless immediate and future advantages for the patient, and, last but not least, is completely pain-free.

ASA Lux ™, a procedure aimed at eliminating eyesight disorders, also harnesses the potential of excimers and ultraviolet rays, while CataLux ™ for cataract removal involves irradiation of the cornea of both eyes with ultraviolet light at the end of the procedure. These innovations, which arose from the teamwork of Dr. Pinelli and his co-workers, have been shared with international ophthalmic institutions and have become part of the daily clinical practice of surgeons worldwide.

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