All over the world, the name Carl Zeiss has long been synonymous for first-class technology in optics and ophthalmology. In 2012, our commitment to eye care and our comprehensive and modern facilities were recognised by Carl Zeiss Meditec, who awarded us the title of “Zeiss Reference Centre”. This accolade not only guarantees our Centre early access to the very latest equipment and innovations in eye care, but also underlines our status as a major surgical centre with first-class ophthalmic surgeons involved in the development of new surgical techniques and in the development of new, pioneering technical innovations, bringing our experience of the many thousands of operations and the ideas they inspire to this development process.