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Ophthalmology department is to take care of patients with ophthalmological pathologies.

Ophthalmology department is to take care of patients with ophthalmological pathologies.

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      Composition of service

      • 1 University Professor · Hospital Practitioner
      • 4 Hospital Practitioners
      • 2 Practitioners attached
      • 6 junior doctors
      • 8 Internal
      • 3 health executives
      • 1 social worker
      • 4 Consultation nurses
      • 5 Orthoptists
      • 6 medico-administrative assistants
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      The activity is provided at the CHU Caen Normandie and the Clinique de la Miséricorde

      Caen Normandy University Hospital

      The activities are divided into 2 different hospital sectors:

      • Day surgery hospitalization: open Mondays on the 3rd floor of the FEH building
      • So-called “conventional” hospitalization: open Monday to Sunday on the 3rd floor of the FEH building Onco-ophthalmology unit

      Ophthalmology outpatient clinics are located on the 15th floor , unit 40.

      Mercy Clinic

      The Clinique de la Miséricorde , located in the city center, hosts the ambulatory surgery unit (day) and consultations.

      15 rue des Fossés Saint-Julien
      14000 Caen
      02 31 38 50 50
      Tram: Stop Place de la Mare



      A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the inner lens of the eye.

      The vision decreases very gradually and can be accompanied by an anomaly of the vision of colors or contrasts or the formation of luminous halos.

      If the decrease in visual acuity is bothersome, surgery may be offered to you.

      Chronic open-angle glaucoma

      Chronic glaucoma is a very progressive damage to the optic nerve and there is usually no discomfort felt by the patient. It is most often secondary to excessive intraocular pressure and therefore requires medical treatment (eye drops).

      When treatment with eye drops is insufficient, surgery may be proposed, allowing the intraocular pressure to be lowered, but not recovering the damaged optic nerve fibers. Other procedures such as the SLT laser or diode laser can also be performed at Caen University Hospital.

      Palpebral pathologies

      The eyelids can be badly positioned congenitally (ptosis) or acquired and most often related to aging.

      The eyelids can be the site of benign or malignant tumors, trauma, inflammation, infection, allergy.

      After a complete examination, you may be offered medical or surgical treatment.

      Tear pathologies

      This is essentially the obstruction of the lacrimal passages, responsible for more or less abundant lacrimation and eye infections.

      Treatment can be medical or surgical.

      Dry eye

      It is a very frequent cause of consultation.

      It can cause eye pain, grittiness or sometimes tearing.

      An ophthalmological consultation is necessary in order to characterize the dryness and to look for a possible curable cause.

      Corneal pathologies

      The cornea can be affected by different pathologies: trauma (grindstone, arc ) , ulcerations, abscesses, dystrophies.

      There is almost always pain, discomfort with light, tearing and a drop in visual acuity. An ophthalmological opinion is always indicated.


      Contact lens adaptation is offered in our service in the event of corneal pathology or in the event of ocular trauma, requiring investigations.

      The prescription of contact lenses in the context of simple ametropia (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or presbyopia) is done in our department.

      Vascular and degenerative retinal pathologies

      They include a large number of pathologies: retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, central artery occlusion, retinal vein occlusion, vasculitis.

      An ophthalmological opinion is always necessary.

      Retinal detachment

      The retina is a membrane lining the back of the eye. This membrane contains the visual cells which send the captured images to the brain (via the optic nerve) . If the retina detaches, vision deteriorates . Retinal detachment is most often caused by one or more retinal tears.

      The most common signs are:

      • the perception of brief and intense flashes of light, the perception of floating bodies, a visual haze which may or may not affect the central vision,
      • the clinical examination by the ophthalmologist is completed by an ocular ultrasound examination.


      It includes pathologies of the optic nerve (optic neuropathies) , anomalies of the pupil, cerebral pathologies affecting the visual pathways but also anomalies of eye movements: oculo-motor paralysis ( which can cause double vision) , ocular myopathies, nystagmus.

      The CHU Caen Normandie has the necessary technical platform (visual evoked potentials, MRI ) and multidisciplinary staff that allow optimal management of these pathologies.


      Strabismus is an abnormality in the alignment of the eyes.

      The treatment systematically consists of wearing an appropriate optical correction; depending on the type of strabismus, surgical treatment or injection of botulinum toxin can be proposed.


      If the eye shows signs of inflammation, there is uveitis. This inflammation can have various origins (infection, inflammatory diseases, vasculitis, etc.) .

      An anti-inflammatory treatment with eye drops is then prescribed, other treatments can also be associated depending on the suspected cause. A blood test and/or X-rays may be prescribed to find the cause of this disease and complex cases are discussed in multidisciplinary staff. Follow-up is essential to ensure complete recovery.

      Glasses prescription

      A few slots are open for the prescription of corrective lenses. Support by an orthoptist. Medical opinion in view of the results of the examinations.

      Useful document(s)

      Contact book

      Contact book

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      • Competence centers

        Rare Disease Competence Center
        Rare Disease Competence Center
      • Research & innovation

        Research activities

        • Collaboration with the INSERM COMÈTE
        • PIOTOX study in collaboration with Pr Thariat
        • Studies in collaboration with the François Baclesse Anti-Cancer Center
        • DIABeyeIA study: screening for retinopathy is diabetic in pharmacies
        • DORE study: screening of ocular pathologies of residents in nursing homes , financial support from the regional health agency
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      14033 Caen cedex 9


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