Department of Surgical sciences/Ophthalmology, Akademiska sjukhuset, SE-751 85 Uppsala
Tel: +46 18 611 5135, Email


Revised 23-09-04

WiFi at Akademiska sjukhuset: SSID: Akademiska, PW: sjukhuset


The ophthalmology unit at the Department of Surgical sciences is responsible for the academic activity of ophthalmology at Uppsala university. The academic activity is directly associated with the ophthalmology hospital care at the Ophthalmology, Uppsala University Hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset).


The ophthalmology unit was founded as the Dept. of Ophthalmology by professor Alvar Gullstrand who was the first chair of ophthalmology at Uppsala University, appointed in 1894. Allvar Gullstrand was in 1911 awarded the Noble prize in medicine and physiology for his work on the optics of the eye. Alvar Gullstrand, in 1914 was appointed a personal professorship in physical and physiological optics. Professor e.m. Albert Alm, in close collaboration with the Uppsala company Pharmacia Ophthalmics, directed the clinical development of latanoprost, the first molecule in a new generation of drugs for reduction of intraocular pressure, that now is a market leader in many parts of the world. Professor e.m. Gerd Holmström was one of the founders of the Swedish Retinopathy of prematurity register. Results from Gerds Holmström's research group has contributed to protocols for clinical follow up of retinopathy of prematurity internationally.

List of previous professors of ophthalmology at Uppsala university



23-09-03 (Per Söderberg) Evangelia Ntoula presents her half time control

  Evangelia Ntoula will present her half-time control on her PhD-project entitled

Ophthalmological findings in infants and children with non syndromic craniosynostosis.
November 20th
For details, see Link


23-05-09 (Per Söderberg) Konstancija Kisonaite defended her licenciate thesis

Konstancija Kisonaite defended her licenciate thesis entitled

Quantitative assessment of glaucoma by artificial intelligence estimation of the waist of the nerve fiber layer in the optic nerve head.
June 9th, 2023 with excellence. For details, see Link

Congratulations Konstancija!


23-05-23 (Per Söderberg) Albert Alm Jubilant doctor

230526, Universitetshuset, Uppsala

Uppsala University appoints professor e.m. Ophthalmology, Uppsala University, Albert Alm Jubilant doctor

Jubilant doctor signifies that the person appointed was promoted to doctorial degree 50 years ago.

Congratulations Albert!


22-12-09 (Per Söderberg) Dyrleif Pétursdottir was honored as the 3rd best Nordic PhD at the NOK 2022 meeting

Our former colleague Dyrleif Pétursdottir was honored as the 3rd best Nordic PhD-thesis at the Nok 2022 meeting in Reyakvik.
Dyrleif defended her PhD-thesis at Uppsala University entitled "Ophthalmological follow-up in young adults born premature and screened for retinopathy of prematurity" with excellence. For details, see Link

Unfortunately for Ophthalmology, Uppsala University and the Ophthalmology clinic, Uppsala University Hospital, but fortunately for Ophthalmology, Reykavik University Hospital, Island, Dyrleif decided to move back home to Island after defending her Phd-thesis but still collaborates with the pediatric ophthalmology group at Uppsala University.

Congratulations Dyrleif!



The ophthalmology unit has research projects in several of the subspecialities of ophthalmology with a focus on clinical glaucoma research, pediatric ophthalmology, cataract surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, diagnosis and medical treatment of retinal disease, and interaction of ultraviolett, visible and infrared radiation and the eye. The methodology spans from experimental research in the Gullstrand lab to applied clinical research in the ophthalmology clinic at Akademiska sjukhuset, with collaborations in USA, and Germany.


The ophthalmology unit is responsible for the undergraduate teaching of ophthalmology to:
- The MD-program, including 2 courses per year of totally around 200 students
- The Biomedicine program including 1 kurs per year of totally 50 students
- The Advanced Neurobiology Masters course. 1 course per year.

The unit is also responsible for organizing courses on
- Physiological optics
- Pediatric ophthalmology
 in the Swedish national residency program