Our Mission, "Let us treat the patient in the same way in which we would like to be treated"
Since 1941, the BARRAQUER OPHTHALMOLOGY CENTRE is a private organization dedicated to research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases, providing comprehensive eye care to patients worldwide. Our medical team consists of 30 highly qualified ophthalmologists, divided into areas of different specializations, providing and guaranteeing our patients an individualized treatment according to the needs of each case.
Each year, more than 100,000 consultations take place, generating 9,000 surgical procedures and 5,000 laser treatments. These figures, undoubtedly, place BARRAQUER among the leading eye clinics worldwide.
Internationally, Barraquer stands as a centre of reference in corneal transplants, besides being the first centre in Spain to implement the revolutionary new chip for artificial vision: the Argus II.
Our centre also houses the first eye bank in Europe, founded in 1962 by Professor Barraquer.
The origin of this ophthalmologist’s saga goes back, according to the chronicles, to the time of Charles I the emperor, when a young soldier from Flanders came to our country and settled in Santa Cristina d'Aro, Girona. He built there a simple house that soon became known as "barraca vella (old shack)". The villagers, given the complicated pronunciation of the name of the young man, came to call him "the barraquer", a nickname adopted as the surname for his descendants.
Jose Antonio Barraquer Roviralta (1852-1924) founded in 1903 the Ophthalmological Society of Barcelona and was the first Spanish Professor of Ophthalmology, the initiator of the saga.
His brother Luis (1855-1928) founded the first Spanish School of Neurology and the neurology Department at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, also creating a family branch of expertise. Ignacio Barraquer Barraquer (1884-1965), son of Jose Antonio, was the promoter of the Barraquer Clinic in Barcelona. His two sons, Jose Ignacio (1916-1998) and Joaquin Barraquer Moner (1927), third generation of the saga, continued his father's specialty. Jose Ignacio founded in Bogota the Barraquer Institute of America and Joaquin, consolidating the work of his father, has led the Barraquer
Ophthalmology Centre to achieve international renown.
Joaquin’s daughter and son, Elena and Rafael Barraquer Compte (1954 and 1956), belong to the fourth generation.
Professor Ignacio Barraquer, big fan of Egyptian art, chose the Udjat Eye as the emblem of the Barraquer Clinic.
According to the myth, Horus was the son of Osiris, the god who was murdered by his brother Set. When he fought against Set to avenge his father, Horus was injured and lost his sight in one eye.
To regain sight, the god Thoth replaced the crippled eye by the Udjat eye.
In Barraquer we do not have magic eyes, but gradually with the technological advances we are approaching a similar reality.