Dr. Detlev Breyer in seiner Augenarztpraxis.
Dr. Breyer in OP-Kleidung mit Focus-Siegeln und Premim Eyes Logo.
Dr. Detlev Breyer at the ESCRS 2018 Meeting.
Dr. Breyer before cataract surgery.
Dr. Breyer als Referent während eines Vortrags
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He invented the Duesseldorf Formula, the treatment of presbyopia.

Dr. med. Detlev R. H. Breyer: Your ophthalmologist specialized in laser and lens operations for better vision without glasses

The specialties of Dr. Detlev Breyer, ophthalmologist and lead surgeon of Breyer, Kaymak und Klabe Augenchirurgie, are eye laser surgery for better "vision without (reading) glasses" and operation of presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) and cataracts.

He has performed more than 45,000 operations on his own and is internationally recognized by his peers. Globally, he is one of the first ten surgeons using ReLEx SMILE and was one of the first ten European eye surgeons performing the minimally invasive laser cataract surgery.

Focus Top Medical Practioner Award

Dr. Breyer – a pioneering refractive surgeon

Dr. Breyer has made a name for himself internationally in lens or cataract surgery by making a significant contribution to development of the micro incision surgery technique and being the first surgeon in the whole world to implant a toric lens in a live operation using an incision of only 1.5 mm. In 2012, the eye surgeon was among the pioneers using a femtosecond laser in refractive lens exchange. Internationally, Dr. Breyer is seen as a key opinion leader.

He was appointed to the review panel of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and the British Journal of Ophthalmology and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today Europe. In 2013, he was first awarded the FOCUS Siegel TOP Mediziner [seal for top doctors awarded by the magazine Focus] for refractive surgery and cataracts and has been included in the well-known FOCUS Ärzteliste [list of top doctors curated by the magazine Focus]. In 2019, he was awarded the Focus seal for the seventh time.

Dr. Breyer before surgery.

Dr. Breyer’s specialties are the newest methods in eye laser and lens surgery

Two of the most important criteria for the selection of a doctor or surgeon are their experience and their familiarity with the newest scientific findings and surgical techniques. As one of its pioneers, Dr. Breyer contributed to the development of the so-called micro incision technique for the treatment of presbyopia and cataracts. In 2006, he implanted a toric multifocal lens through a minimally invasive incision of only 1.5 to 1.6 mm in a live operation at a congress. He is among those pioneers in laser surgery on the whole world offering the innovative ReLEx® SMILE eye laser surgery technique with the VisuMax femtosecond laser (Zeiss) since 2011. Since 2012, he has also been using a femtosecond laser in cataract surgery. Dr. Breyer is a LASIK trainer according to the guidelines of the Kommission für Refraktive Chirurgie (KRC) [commission for refractive surgery] and has performed more than 45,000 operations independently.

Overview of all areas of expertise

  • Minimally invasive operation of cataracts with the LENSAR® laser
  • Cataract operations with the micro incision technique
  • Laser operation for presbyopia
  • Implantation of premium lenses / multifocal lenses
  • Implantation of contact lenses (ICL)
  • ReLEx SMILE (gentle eye laser surgery without flap (SMILE))
  • UV Riboflavin crosslinking (since 2006)
  • Cross linking by means of iontophoresis
  • Femto laser assisted cross linking
  • Circular keratotomy with the femtosecond laser
  • Lead development of eye surgery tools and techniques
  • Live surgery
  • Tutorial videos
  • LASIK and SMILE trainer

Vita and lecturing activities of Dr. Detlev Breyer

Together with Dr. Kaymak and Dr. Klabe, Dr. Breyer is leading our research institution for international innovative ophthalmologic surgery (I.I.O.). In addition, he is one of 5 specialists of the official study group chairing the ICL congress and is giving lectures as a member of the teaching facility of German, European and American eye surgeons (DOC, ESCRS, SOE, ASCRS, APAO, AECOS, ISRS, ISOP, AAO, WOC) at international congresses all over the world. You can find the subjects of his current lectures and a list of publications in the research section.

Dr. Breyer is a Trainer of the joint Kommission für Refraktive Chirurgie [commission for refractive surgery] (KRC) of the Berufsverband der Augenärzte Deutschland e.V. (BVA) [German professional association of ophthalmologists] and the Deutsche Opthalmologische Gesellschaft [German ophthalmologic society] and is also included in the KRC's user list.

Reviewer for scientific journals

Dr. Breyer is member of the editorial staff or works as a reviewer for the following journals:

  • Journal of Refractive Surgery
  • Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • British, European and International Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Current Eye Research
  • Member of the editorial staff of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Europe (CRSTE)
  • Open Access Journals (OA)
  • Eye and Vision (E&V)
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology (APJO)

You can find Dr. Breyer's vita for downloading here:

Dr. Breyer Vita [870 kB]

Professional experience

  • Since 2008: Partner and senior surgeon of Breyer, Kaymak & Klabe Eye Surgery, Düsseldorf
  • 2002-2008: Partner and senior surgeon of Zeitz, Breyer & Taylor Eye Surgery, Düsseldorf
  • 2000-2002: Specialist for ophthalmology and senior physician at the Klinikum Wuppertal and the eye clinic of the Universität Witten-Herdecke hospital, academic teaching institution of Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, director: Prof. Dr. E. Gerke

Scientific activities

  • 2010: Founding member of the International Vision Correction Research Center Networks (IVCR.net) of the Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg
  • Since 2010: Head of the research institution for innovative ophthalmologic surgery (I.I.O.), Düsseldorf


  • 1997-1999: Assistant physician in the field of ophthalmology at the Klinikum Wuppertal and the eye clinic of the Universität Witten-Herdecke hospital, academic teaching institution of Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, director: Prof. Dr. E. Gerke
  • 1997: Licensure
  • 1995-1996: Resident, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, eye clinic, director: Prof. Dr. R. Sundmacher
  • 1993-1995: German state examination in human medicine
  • 1993-1995: US state examination in human medicine (USMLE I+II)
  • 1988-1995: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen/Nuremberg

Clinical Experience

  • Will's Eye Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York University, USA

International lecturing activities

Chairman in scientific meetings and lecturer on eye surgery in the following associations:

  • DOC: Deutsche OphthalmoChirurgen
  • ESCRS: European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • AAO: American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • AECOS: American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery
  • ASCRS: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • ISRS: International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • ISOP: International Society of Presbyopia

Additional regular lecturing activity for:

  • DGII: Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Intraokularlinsen-Implantation, Interventionelle und Refraktive Chirurgie [German-language society for intraocular lens implantation, interventional and refractive surgery]
  • DOG: Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft [German ophthalmologic society]
  • RWA: Verein Rheinisch Westfälischer Augenärzte [union of North Rhine Westphalian ophthalmologists]
  • ICO: International Council of Ophthalmology
  • SOE: European Society of Ophthalmology

Lecture Subjects publications

Dr. Breyer is a member of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery

AECOS Siegel

In May 2015, Dr. Detlev Breyer was accepted into the elite circle of the American-European ophthalmic surgeons. Their aim is improving the quality of life of patients by supporting patient information and developing new and gentle surgical techniques. The prestigious ophthalmic surgery association is expanded by a few persons each year who are expected to bring in new impulses. The congresses of AECOS are regarded as think tanks to which only lecturers are invited.

Patient reviews

“Medical art in absolute perfection.”

„One year ago, my ophthalmologist told me that I needed a cataract operation. (...). While doing research online, I also found the website of Augenchirurgie Clinic Breyer, Kaymak & Klabe in Düsseldorf. I especially liked the detailed explanations (with videos) of the professionally designed website. – I was curious and wanted to meet Dr. Breyer personally; so, I made an appointment for a preliminary examination.

Even when making the appointment and during the examinations, I was very pleased by the professional manner and pleasant conduct of all staff members. It was a really convincing attribute for a well-managed practice. I learned that it wasn’t all tinsel and glitter during the thorough preliminary examinations, for which a large selection of high-quality ophthalmological technology was available. Finally, the most important aspect is the doctor’s skills, of course. I was able to have great trust in Dr. Breyer due to the very pleasant and thorough consultations in particular.

I then decided to choose a surgical technique which is particularly gentle to the eyes and is performed with the help of a femtosecond laser.

The operation was “absolutely” painlessly, and even for particularly anxious persons, there is no need to undergo the stress of general anesthesia. I was most impressed by the fact that I did not feel any pain or foreign body sensation in the eye at any time but that I have obtained an absolutely gigantic visual acuity with great contrast and a completely new perception, in particular of the color “white”.

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“The doctor who has given me a second life by ICL implantation!”

„For more than 10 years, I was looking for a physician to operate my eyes since I suffered from extreme myopia. No one was sufficiently competent in this field to perform this operation. In Dr. Breyer, I have found the doctor who has given me a second life, a visual acuity of more than 100% and happiness. I’m now able to do all kinds of sport, I can go diving, and all of that without these bothersome lenses/glasses. My heartfelt gratefulness and compliments to Dr. Breyer and his team!“

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Dr. Breyer erläutert einer Patientin die Unterschiede in der Sehqualität mit Premiumlinsen.

Lectures of Dr. Detlev Breyer

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