The Goldschleger Eye Institute
At the Goldschleger Eye Institute at Sheba Medical Center, a multidisciplinary team applies the latest technological innovations in the field of ophthalmology, providing patient care with the highest standards of safety and quality. Our leading facility includes an inpatient department, day care unit, surgery rooms, and a range of outpatient clinics. We also provide emergency eye care services and consultations for other Sheba departments. The staff at the Goldschleger Eye Institute features more than 50 eye specialists, 30 qualified nurses, and specially trained medical technicians.
Annually, we treat approximately 3,000 inpatients, 40,000 outpatients, and perform about 3,800 surgeries – making our team one of the most experienced in Israel and the region.
The Division of Surgery at the Acute Care Hospital
As one of the largest ophthalmology departments in Israel, the Goldschleger Eye Institute is an essential unit of Sheba Medical Center’s Division of Surgery – a leading-edge department committed to implementing the latest diagnostics, surgical techniques, and integrative treatments. Experienced specialists serve patients with professional excellence and a compassionate manner.
At Sheba’s Division of Surgery:
- Our team consists of more than 250 surgeons and 500 nurses
- We have a total of 33 advanced operating rooms
- We perform approximately 23,500 procedures per year
- We provide treatment for 23,000 inpatients per year
- We care for 350,000 outpatients per year
The following departments are all housed within the Division of Surgery:
What ophthalmologic services do we provide?
The Goldschleger Eye Institute comprises numerous specialized outpatient clinics to diagnose and treat a range of eye diseases with the latest techniques and advanced technologies:
Oculoplastic surgeons specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the periorbital and facial tissues, including the eyelids, eyebrows, forehead, cheeks, orbit (the bony cavity around the eye), and lacrimal (tear) system. Sheba’s physicians treat patients – adults and children – with a wide variety of eyelid and orbital problems, performing a range of functional and cosmetic procedures.
The medical and surgical specialists of our Retina Unit provide comprehensive evaluations and treatments for thousands of patients with retinal disorders. Using modern imaging techniques, intraocular pharmacological treatments, lasers, and other cutting-edge therapies, we treat complications caused by age-related macular degeneration, diabetes mellitus, vascular occlusion, central serous choroidopathy, and inflammatory ocular diseases.
The Electrophysiology Service offers detailed patient evaluations and follow-up exams for patients with neuroretinal disease, such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, and neuroretinal toxicity. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, we serve more than 100 patients yearly on an outpatient basis. Our team often works in collaboration with other Sheba departments, including oncology, pediatrics, retina and neurology, neurosurgery, and inflammatory diseases.
The Sam Rothberg Center for Glaucoma Service and Research
The Sam Rothberg Center is one of the largest units in Israel dedicated to glaucoma treatment and research. We provide a variety of cutting-edge therapies to patients with glaucoma, including medicinal eye drops, laser treatments, and advanced surgeries. Our specialized Sheba clinic treats approximately 8,000 patients every year, providing advanced care for all forms of glaucoma (primary or related to complex ocular disorders) and for patients of all ages – including infants, children, and adults.
The Cornea Service
The Cornea Service functions as a secondary and tertiary referral center for patients with corneal and surface diseases of the eye. More than 200 types of corneal surgery are performed at Sheba, the most common of which is corneal transplantation. Sheba has an eye bank, which we maintain according to the high standards of the Eye Bank Association of America, and we actively seek and obtain quality cornea donations. With the help of our eye bank, we perform approximately 130 cornea transplants at Sheba every year. Additionally, we prepare amniotic membrane (originating from human placentas) for corneal transplantation to treat ocular surface diseases.
The Neuro-Ophthalmology Unit bridges the fields of ophthalmology and neurology. Our multidisciplinary services include diagnostic procedures and treatments for patients with general systemic and neurological diseases that affect vision and ocular movements. To effectively manage complex neuro-ophthalmologic problems, our team collaborates closely with experts from other Sheba divisions, such as interventional neurovascular, neurology, neurosurgery, and hemato-oncology. In addition to detailed clinical evaluations, we provide medical treatments, including steroids and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, surgical treatments such as neurosurgery or orbital surgery, and comprehensive follow-up exams.
Ocular Oncology, Inflammatory & Autoimmune Eye Diseases
The Ocular Oncology Center is a national and international referral center for the advanced diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of ocular tumors and other associated conditions. Our physicians provide treatment with the goal of preserving health and quality of life for adults and children with ocular tumors. Patients are treated with a multidisciplinary approach involving the cooperation of specialists from hemato-oncology, genetics, neuroradiology, invasive neuroradiology, radiation oncology, and other departments. We strive to save the life and vision of each patient.
Ocular tumors are rare, and many types can be life-threatening. Consequently, complex treatments are often required. At Sheba, we offer:
- Cutting-edge surgical procedures for ocular tumors
- Range of chemotherapy administration methods (intravenous, intra-arterial, and intravitreal)
- Local radiation with brachytherapy
- Focal radiation with radiosurgery
- External beam radiotherapy
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Unit
The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Unit provides thorough diagnosis and advanced treatments for children and adults with strabismus, amblyopia, and other ocular disorders. Our surgeons perform operations on an inpatient and outpatient basis. We also offer routine check-ups for premature infants to diagnose retinopathy of prematurity, congenital anomalies (such as congenital cataract and congenital glaucoma), and administer progressive treatments. At this Sheba unit, we conduct extensive research and academic investigations in the field of pediatric ophthalmology.
The Ophthalmic Imaging Service
The Ophthalmic Imaging Service is a very active unit, equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to help with the detailed diagnosis and monitoring of patients from all the diverse ophthalmologic subspecialties of the Goldschleger Eye Institute. We handle more than 60 outpatient visits daily, as well as provide assistance to other Sheba medical divisions, such as pediatrics, neurology, and neurosurgery.
At the Cataract Service, our staff provides consultations and surgery primarily for patients with cataracts. We also perform operations for other anterior segment conditions, such as posterior capsule opacification, aphakia, lens subluxation, congenital and acquired aniridia, and complicated anterior segment surgical problems (injury related surgical problems or complications of prior surgery).
Amir Alhalel, MD
Director, Goldschleger Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology
Dr. Alhalel received his medical degree from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. He specialized in ophthalmology at Sheba Medical Center, and his particular expertise is in retinal and vitreous surgery.
Holistic Healing at Sheba
Vision is a very valuable sense, involved in the performance and enjoyment of all parts of life. At the Goldschleger Eye Institute, we treat ocular disease with a focus on preserving both your eyesight and overall healthy life. As our eye specialists design an advanced treatment program for your specific condition, we collaborate with healthcare experts from a range of departments – paying attention to your physical, emotional, social, and lifestyle needs. To promote the most efficient healthcare experience possible, all of our medical and supportive services are provided conveniently under one roof on our comprehensive campus.