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What does a medical appointment involve at Barraquer?

Barraquer Eye Hospital has a team of highly specialised ophthalmologists who offer comprehensive eye care, covering the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all eye pathologies. 

1. Functional assessment

First of all, an optometrist specialising in refraction will check your visual acuity and correct your prescription. They will then pass your information to the ophthalmologist. 

  1. Remember the important aspects of your appointment: the reason for the consultation, your personal and family medical history, the medication you take, whether you suffer from allergies or not, as well as any general or eye surgery you have undergone in the past.
  2. If you are a contact lens user, we recommend removing them 24 hours before your check-up. 

This consultation complements the appointment with the ophthalmologist. All patients, new or current, undergo it.

2. Appointment with the ophthalmologist

Depending on the reason for your appointment, you will be welcomed by a professional from our medical team of ophthalmologists subspecialised in one or several of the following areas:  

  • Cataracts
  • Refractive surgery
  • Cornea and eye surgery 
  • Strabismus
  • Glaucoma
  • Paediatric ophthalmology
  • Ocular oncology
  • Orbital and oculoplastic surgery
  • Neuro-opthalmology
  • Retina and vitreous
  • Uveitis and eye inflammation

After evaluating the results of your previous appointment with the optometrist, the ophthalmologist will take your intraocular pressure and perform a comprehensive eye examination of both the anterior segment and the back of the eye. The objective is to rule out possible pathologies, if there are any, and if there are, to provide an exact diagnosis to indicate the most appropriate treatment.

For this reason, it may be that after the eye examination, the first doctor you see, feels you should be referred to another ophthalmologist in one of our other areas of specialisation.

It may also be the case that, to get a more precise diagnosis,–or if you have one healthy eye and are interested in undergoing elective surgery, for example, for aesthetic reasons–the ophthalmologist will need to perform complementary tests.

3. Complementary tests

Only if the ophthalmologist orders them. In that case, you will be referred to our visual function department, which is comprised of a team of professionals subspecialised in the following areas: 

  • Refraction
  • Biometry
  • Refractive surgery
  • Campimetry
  • Orthoptics
  • Contactology

Where possible, our Hospital offers patients the chance to perform the tests the same day after visiting the ophthalmologist. This option is very practical for patients who do not live in Dubai or who are simply seeking to optimise their time. After undergoing the required tests, you will have to return to see your assigned ophthalmologist.

4. Assessment with the ophthalmologist

Your doctor will assess the results of the additional tests to confirm the diagnosis. After studying your case, the doctor will explain the treatment options available and reach an agreement with you about which one to follow. Our medical team offers highly personalised treatment in which the patient's preferences are the priority. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment using our online form, by calling +971 4 573 9999 or by writing an email to

Does Barraquer have agreements with mutual insurance companies?

Yes, Barraquer Eye Hospital will accept insurance companies soon.

Are the complementary tests included in the price of the appointment?

No, the consultation at the hospital only includes the appointment with the optometrist and the ophthalmologist.

How long does take an appointment at Barraquer Eye Hospital?

Given the Centre's high level of specialisation, each appointment usually lasts between one and two hours.This time is only a guide and it will depend on each patient's situation. We invest the necessary time in each patient. 

Do you do walk-ins without an appointment? 

Barraquer Eye Hospital opening times are from Saturday to Thursday from 9.00 am to 18.00. Due to the COVID restrictions an appointment is required.

More information

Do you have other questions or queries? You can contact us to request more information.