Institute of Vision & Optics

No more eyeglasses in a ten minute procedure in Crete, from the world known awarded Ophthalmologist and the inventor of LASIK, Professor Ioannis Pallikaris.

The Institute of Vision & Optics (IVO) is part of the University of Crete and has a 25-year presence in the areas of research, training, technology development and provision of medical services in the field of ophthalmology in Greece. Under the guidance of Prof. Ioannis Pallikaris, the father of LASIK, a team of clinicians, surgeons and scientists is at the forefront of developing new methods for diagnosis and treatments of eye diseases and disorders.

IVO comprises three main Divisions that share infrastructure, admin services, and, at some extent scientific personnel, however differing in regards to the basic axis of their activities:

  • V.E.I.C (Vardinoyiannion Eye Institute of Crete)
  • N.S.V.C (National Sports Vision Centre) and
  • I.O.T.C (International Ophthalmology Training Centre)
  • VEIC is the first refractive center world-wide, which in 1989 discovered and applied the LASIK technique (in-situ keratomileusis) a type of painless refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism, providing patients with a permanent alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. This innovative surgical technique made IVO internationally renowned and gave Prof. I. Pallikaris the title of "Father of LASIK".

It is currently one of the few Institutes worldwide that has the ability to research, design, construct and apply in preclinical and clinical level all of its innovative results (Translational Research). It offers most specialized services of eye care services, diagnosis and treatment with state-of-the-art equipment, including: refraction, refractive surgery, corneal design, corneal microsurgery, glaucoma and Uveo-retinal diseases.

The National Sports Vision Centre (NSVC) was established in 2002. In the past twenty years sports vision has scientifically and clinically been recognized as a specialized sports medicine area. It uses the know-how and potential of ophthalmology and optometry not only for the diagnosis and correction/treatment of refractive disorders (e.g. myopia, astigmatism) of the athletes but also for the prevention and treatment of potential eye injuries, the improvement of the athletes' visual-kinetic reactions coordination, as well as informing the athletes and trainers/umpires of the "visual" requirements of athletes in the events they compete in.

Our Institute provides health services of high quality, ranging from primary care to specialized tertiary care facilities. The mobile ophthalmological unit of VEIC periodically visits remote areas of Crete and the Aegean islands and offers free of charge complete ophthalmological examination to all residents with other volunteers of the University of the Mountains.

This social contribution of our Institute has received warm response from the local society, since in many cases eye diseases have been either prevented, or early diagnosed and treated. Apart from the social work, the mobile unit is a very useful tool for conducting epidemiological trials.

Contact Info

University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece
Telephone: +30 2810 371800