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Institute of Vision & Optics

Institute of Vision & Optics

The Institute of Vision and Optics (IVO) of the University of Crete focuses on the sciences of vision and is active in the fields of research, training, technology development and provision of medical services.


The Institute of Vision and Optics is made up of three main Divisions which share common infrastructure, administrative services and, to an extent, scientific staff. However, they differ as regards the basic axis of their activities.


The Divisions in question are:

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)


The divisions in question complement each other, thus making the Institute a complete academic entity. They are the agencies that secure research innovation at an international level, specialized scientist training in issues bearing on the Institute’s field of knowledge and the University openness to society, at the level of individuals (patients) and at the level of other research and academic agencies and companies. IVO also houses common support departments, such as the personnel department and the quality department and common support departments, such as the electrophysiology department.


IVO, which is part of the University of Crete - School of Health Sciences, employs ophthalmologists, doctors, opticians and optometrists, medical photographers, nursing personnel but also scientists from the fields of physics, mathematics, chemistry, biomedical engineering, computer system technicians, laboratory chemists and administrative staff. The close cooperation of the aforementioned specialists under the guidance of the Center Director, Prof. I. Pallikaris, results in IVO being in the forefront of international innovation and Translational Research in the Vision field of knowledge.

IVO 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).


The director and founder of VEIC Prof. Pallikaris has received numerous awards and recognitions for the Institute’s contribution to ophthalmology. In addition, the Institute operation is ISO 9001/2000 certified. The Institute doctors and researchers are members of international societies with noumerous publications to their credit, while most of the Institute's activities are certified with CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits by the Greek Medical and the European Medical Society.


IVO operates on a non-profit making basis. Its costs of the institute are covered from the services it offers and from research funds/programs. The revenues from the services it offers are employed to finance the research conducted at the Institute. The self-sufficiency thus secured, constitutes the means that allows the Institute to promote its activities, as the Institute is enabled to conduct self-financed research and to continuously upgrade its clinical and research equipment as well as the technical and material infrastructure which is necessary for its education activities.