School of Medicine - Clinical MedicineOphthalmology




The Department of Ophthalmology consists of 2 professors, 1 associate professor (Adjunct), 3 senior assistant professors, 9 assistant professors, 1 clinical fellow and 10 orthoptists. We provide clinical practice, student education and research. Teams of specialists treat patients and perform surgery for various eye diseases such as cataracts, vitreoretinal diseases, glaucoma, nasolacrimal duct disorders, eyelid ptosis, strabismus, and corneal/conjunctival diseases. The number of surgeries performed is more than 1,500 annually, including multifocal intraocular lens implantations. We have treated senile macular degeneration successfully using anti-VEGF antibody treatment and photodynamic therapy. We have been actively engaged in research including epidemiologic ophthalmology, ophthalmological optics, clinical research of cataracts and intraocular lens, basic research on cataracts, studies on corneal/conjunctival diseases and ocular infections, ocular pharmacology, studies on eye diseases and ultraviolet radiation, and development and evaluation of eye protection glasses.

Contact Information

TEL: 076-286-2211(内線3415) +81-76-286-2211 / FAX: 076-286-1010 +81-76-286-1010 / Email:


Professor (Chairman)

  • SASAKI Hiroshi 佐々木教授写真

Professor (Specially appointed)

  • KUBO Eri

Professor(Additional Post)

  • KOJIMA Masami

Associate Professor

  • FUKUDA Masamichi

Senior Assistant Professor

  • KAWAKAMI Yutaka

Senior Assistant Professor

  • SHIBATA Shinsuke
  • SHIBATA Naoko

Assistant Professor

  • FUJITA Nobuyuki
  • HATSUSAKA Natsuko
  • ARIMOTO Atsushi
  • SHIBATA Teppei
  • MIYASHITA Hisanori
  • TANIMURA Naoki

Assistant Professor

  • KOYAMA Yukihiro
  • ISHIDA Hidetoshi
  • KUNISHO Akane

Clinical Fellow

  • OKEMOTO Hajime

Research Achievements

Research Activities

  • Shibata T, Shibata S, Ishigaki Y, Kiyokawa E, Ikawa M, Singh DP, Sasaki H, Kubo E: Tropomyosin 2 heterozygous knockout in mice using CRISPR-Cas9 system displays the inhibition of injury-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and lens opacity. Mechanisms of ageing and development 2018;171:24-30.
  • Mita N, Sasaki H, Kani K, Tabuchi A, Hara H: Multiple comparisons in two-factor testing of psychophysical thresholds by the delta test method. Commun Stat-Simul C 2017;46:669-678.
  • Kubo E, Shibata S, Shibata T, Kiyokawa E, Sasaki H, Singh DP: FGF2 antagonizes aberrant TGFβ regulation of tropomyosin: role for posterior capsule opacity. J Cell Mol Med 2017;21:916-928.
  • Kubo E, Chhunchha B, Singh P, Sasaki H, Singh DP: Sulforaphane reactivates cellular antioxidant defense by inducing Nrf2/ARE/Prdx6 activity during aging and oxidative stress. Sci Rep 2017;7:14130.
  • Shibata T, Takahashi Y, Okamoto A, Sasaki H, Kitagawa K: An adult case of fulminant mumps keratitis with positive viral RNA in aqueous humor detected by RT-PCR. Cornea 2016;35:569-571.

External Research Funding

  • 2017-2019 Eri Kubo: “Investigation for mechanism to restores lens transparency and treatment strategies for lens opacity” supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (4,680,000 yen)
  • 2016-2018 Hiroshi Sasaki: “Assessment of myopia onset risk by early-stage pinguecula as a biomarker of UV exposure” supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (4,680,000 yen)
  • 2016-2018 Natsuko Hatsusaka: “Relationship among presbyopia onset and pinguecula grade as a biomarker of ocular UV dosimetry” supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (4,160,000 yen)
  • 2016-2018 Hiroshi Sasaki: “Quantitative investigation of the influence on human eye by millimeter wave exposure” supported by Grand-in-Aid for Research on the Possible Biological Effect of Electromagnetic Fields, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Total 41,246,000 yen)
  • 2014-2018 Hiroshi Sasaki: “Epidemiological studies targeting emergency workers at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” supported by Grand-in-Aid for Clinical Research on Worker’s Accident and Disease, Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare (40,023,000 yen)