“Keeping quality in the eye”

OcuNet – Quality Assurance Network of German Ophthalmosurgeons

OcuNet is a medical association of 19 ophthalmic centres and 491 independent practices. The centres are prototypes of a new and still widely unknown organizational form of ophthalmic care that has the potential to positively influence the future development of the healthcare sector. The group follows the mission statement “Keeping quality in the eye”. The group’s projects aim to provide high standard ophthalmic care, to achieve the best possible outcomes, and improve patient satisfaction. OcuNet also strives to raise political awareness of the organizational form of the centres.

The centres organized in the OcuNet Group – a new organizational form for outpatient care
The centres, which belong to the largest eye surgery centres in Germany:

  • cover the whole spectrum of ophthalmic care and surgery
  • To promote the OcuNet brand as a high quality professional network in Germany and neighboring countries for the benefit of patients, insurance companies and regulators
  • focus on standard outpatient ophthalmological diagnostics and care, but also offer outpatient and inpatient ophthalmosurgical care
  • employ highly specialized ophthalmologists
  • are located in 300 facilities and affiliations throughout Germany
  • employ highly specialized ophthalmologists
  • are managed via a central site

The OcuNet Group

The OcuNet Group association is a joint platform for exchanging information and realizing high-quality standards through close cooperation. OcuNet’s goal of providing affordable, scientifically-based high-quality eye care is achieved by:

Providing benchmark studies
The results of the OcuNet benchmark study on outcome in cataract surgery published in “Ophthalmology” and “Der Ophthalmologe” have had a real impact on public discussions about the advantages of and the potential for a planned federal program for quality improvement across different care sectors (ambulatory care and hospitals).

Implementing web-based medical treatment
In cooperation with a large social health insurer (BARMER GEK) and the Berlin-based Caterna Vision, OcuNet introduced the first mobile app for training children with amblyopia.

Conducting Clinical Research
OcuNet initiates and conducts clinical trials focusing on new surgical techniques and patient-related outcomes. Currently, two studies on toric lenses and floaters are being conducted.

Offering transparency
Regular press releases and media reporting provide up-todate information about the structure of the OcuNet Group, implemented processes, and attained results. Press releases are made available to patients, patient-organisations, healthcare partners, and the general public.

Focusing on the visually impaired
The OcuNet Group has implemented several projects to support visually impaired patients and improve their independence and integration. A training concept qualifying doctor’s assistants to provide important information to the visually impaired has been realized in cooperation with the AMD-Netz NRW and Bavarian Blind and Visually Impaired Association (BBSB).
A brochure developed in cooperation with the German Blind and Visually Impaired Association (DBSV) guides ambulatory care centres and hospitals on how to equip their practices according to the special needs of these patients, without incurring high costs.

Providing professional training for junior physicians
The OcuNet Group has developed a training program for junior physicians that prepares them to become ophthalmologists. The program covers interdisciplinary and background issues and complements their daily practical training.

Raising political awareness
OcuNet strives to raise awareness of the organizational structure of the centres, and cooperates with comparable similarly organized facilities from other medical disciplines. OcuNet has initiated a project group under the auspices of the Bundesverband Managed Care (BMC) in Berlin.

Treatments performed in centres and practices of the OcuNet Group

Numbers as of December 2014

Diagnostic procedures Conservative and surgical therapies
Standard ophthalmological diagnostics
  • Assessment of anterior and posterior eye segment with ophthalmic slit lamp
  • Ophthalmoscopy
  • Refraction and visusal acuity testing
Glaucoma diagnostics
  • Optical disc topography (HRT, RTA)
  • Nerve fibre layer measurement (OCT, GDx)
  • PASCAL – dynamic tonometry
  • FDT-visual field examination
Retina diagnostics
  • Fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT Spectralis)
  • Fundus auto fluorescence (wavelength specific)
  • Red-free and colour fundus photography
  • Retina topography (HRT, RTA)
  • Vascular analysis
  • Electrophysiology (ERG, mfERG, EOG, VEP)
  • Sonography
  • Macula diagnostics
Anterior segment diagnostics
  • Corneal pachymetry
  • Corneal topography
  • Scheimpflug analysis (Pentacam)
  • Wavefront analysis
  • Endothelial biomicroscopy
  • VA.OCT (Visante)
Strabologic assessment
Expert assessments / Second opinion
Special psychophysical examinations
  • Colour vision
  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Night and twilight vision
Photo documentation
  • Anterior / posterior segment
Conservative therapy
  • Medical therapy of ophthalmological diseases
  • Vision therapy pleoptics: Amblyopia therapy with occlusion, prisms, penalisation etc.
  • Orthoptics (binocular vision)
  • Corrective lenses and enlarging visual aids
  • Adjustment of contact lenses
  • Tear duct probing and endoscopy
  • Emergency treatment i.e. after chemical burns and removal of foreign objects
Laser surgery
  • Retina, secondary cataract, glaucoma
  • Photodynamic therapy<
Extra-ocular surgery
  • Eye lid surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Botox injections
  • Strabismus surgery and eye muscle surgery
  • Tear duct surgery
Intraocular surgery
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal transplants
  • Ocular trauma and restorative surgery
  • Vitreo-retinal procedures
  • Macula surgery
  • Intra-vitreal operative medication
Refractive surgery
  • PRK
  • Multifocal lenses
  • Intraocular contact lenses
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Correction of astigmatism
  • Add-on implants

If you would like to learn more about OcuNet or our specialty network of ophthalmosurgeons, please do not hesitate to contact us.
OcuNet GmbH & Co. KG
Friedrichstr. 47
D - 40217 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 179 32 66
Fax +49 (0) 211 179 32 67
Internet www.ocunet.de

Office hours: Mondays - Fridays, 9 -17 hrs.