Dr. Michael Baertschi graduated as an ophthalmic optician (eidg. dipl. Augenoptiker und Kontaktlinsenspezialist) in 1991. In 1997 he received a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry (M.Sc.Optom.) degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), Philadelphia for his work about “Fitting of quadrant-specific contact lenses for Keratoconus” (magna cum laude).
In 2001 he was the first recipient of the Master in Medical Education (M.M.E.) degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland for his educational program about “Contact Lens Education for Ophthalmologists” (magna cum laude). In 2015 he was honored with the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedicine degree from Salus University in Philadelphia, USA for his scientific work about “Factors influencing retinal venous pressure” (summa cum laude). Michael published 59 papers so far and gave >150 lectures on six continents worldwide (except Antarctica).
Since 2014 he is an official reviewer of actually six scientific and clinical journals. Michael worked in private practices, medical laser clinic (Vista Clinic) and at the University Hospital of Basel. He is a member of several boards in the field of Optometry and Ophthalmology. Fellow of the American (FAAO) and the European Academy of Optometry (FEAOO) as well as the Swiss Academy of Ophthalmology (SAoO). Michael is proprietor of Eyeness AG in Switzerland since 2003 with currently five optometrists, two opticians and four administrative employees.