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Inaugural Address

Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Correction
Professor Makoto Aihara, M.D., Ph.D.

I was appointed professor of Ophthalmology on March 1st 2015.
Have you ever imagined just how limiting it would be to not see well? Impairments to eyesight, field of vision or binocular vision greatly decrease our quality of life. It is said that 70% of the information we receive is through our eyes, however we don’t see things just through our eyeballs, which measure a mere 24 millimeters in diameter. Instead, we see things through a complex system which also includes the surrounding tissue composition and the brain. If something is wrong here, then you won’t be able to see well. That is why ophthalmology is a department that deals with an extremely large number of diseases and has a very large number of patients. Ophthalmology patients are on the rise in especially large numbers in the current super-aging society and since the objective of our treatment is to achieve and maintain good eyesight throughout the course of a patient’s entire lifetime, we are creating a system with enough specialists to deal with the various symptoms and diseases. Specifically, we are using the latest technology to provide treatment which also deals with the area of regenerative medicine for difficult-to-treat conditions such as cataracts; glaucoma, which is very difficult for patients to notice and is the top cause of blindness; age-related macular degeneration, which leads to the deterioration of central eyesight, refractory diabetic retinopathy; inflammatory diseases with their difficult-to-determine causes; corneal diseases, which are very difficult to overcome once transparency is lost; vitreoretinal diseases, which require extremely advanced therapeutic procedures to treat; pediatric treatments, perspective and nervous problems, problems with tears and eyelids. Since there are so many examinations and so many patients, we are certainly giving everyone great amounts of work to do, but our untiring efforts are so that everyone can lead a happy and satisfying life. On behalf of the Ophthalmology department, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to you all.

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