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Eye examination is the most important form of prevention and the beginning of any path of treatment in ophthalmology. Most vision-threatening diseases can be diagnosed before they even generate symptoms, and treatment will be more effective the earlier. For this reason, the IRCCS G.B. Bietti Foundation offers an Eye Clinic open to all people who wish to pay a visit. If a pathological condition emerges from this exam, the person is referred to the different specialist clinics of the Foundation, generally with a very short waiting time.

The Super-specialization

The distinction between general and specialist outpatient clinics follows the internal organization of the IRCCS Bietti Foundation in which the Complex Operating Unit coordinates the individual operating units that have a marked clinical autonomy. The Bietti Foundation has been a pioneer in Italy of this approach and its clinical and research activity has long been divided into several clinical operating units, each dedicated to a group of pathologies.

Our tools

The particularity and transparency of the eye helps the eye doctor to ‘see’ with the help of special instruments the main anatomical structures of the eye. This is one of the reasons why the eye examination allows to immediately evaluate the state of health of the person. This basic instrumentation is accompanied by some advanced techniques and examinations that are used in specialist surgeries to deepen the diagnostic framework and monitor the course of diseases. . For the anterior segment, corneal topography, anterior segment OCT and confocal microscopy are also used; for the medical retina, microperimetry, morphological and angiographic OCT, , fluoroangiography and autofluorescence; for the glaucoma, perimetry, optic nerve and ganglion cell OCT and OCT angiography.

The relationship between care and research

IRCCS Bietti supports several lines of clinical and laboratory research, dedicated to studying the mechanisms that lead diseases to arise and spread. Knowing these mechanisms, in fact, allows to develop targeted responses to prevent or stem them.

Each of these lines of research develops directly alongside the path of care. We are talking about translational research.

Translational research aims both to transform the results obtained from basic research into clinical applications, and to study the effect of the same treatments on individual people to improve and implement the methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and thus opening the doors to personalized medicine on the individual patient.