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.

Also ASA Lux®, a surface-based procedure aimed at eliminating eyesight disorders, harnesses the potential of excimers for the reshaping of the curvature of the cornea and, at the final phase of the procedure, ultraviolet light. ASA Lux® can be used as an alternative when the patient has certain physiological characteristics that indicate Femtolasik Lux® is not recommended.

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