24h Emergency Department
C/Muntaner 314, 08021 Barcelona.
Continual eye care service
There are always ophthalmologists and surgeons who cover all specialist areas at our Emergency Service. Our team is qualified to get you diagnosed quickly, provide you with the most effective treatment and that great human touch, too.
How it works
Should you wish to use our Emergency Ophthalmology Service, we will follow our healthcare guidelines:
- Arrive at reception, where the patient should provide their personal information and indicate the reason for their emergency visit.
- See an ophthalmologist, to get a diagnosis and have the right treatment prescribed—medical or surgical.
- Complementary tests may be necessary to determine the correct diagnosis such as prescription glasses, optical coherence tomography, ultrasonography, radiological studies or a fluorescein angiography.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment if necessary to discharge the patient.
When should I go to the Emergency Department?
It is essential to go to the Emergency Service if you experience pain, a loss of vision, and obviously if you have had an accident causing eye trauma, so that a consultant can assess your case as soon as possible. These are some of the emergency cases our Centre sees to:
- Excessive tear production
- Red eye
- Discharge in the eyes or excess rheum
- Foreign body sensation
- Eye inflammation
- Eye trauma
- Eye dryness
Frequently asked questions
When should I go to the Emergency Services?
The Emergency Service is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to see to any eye condition requiring immediate attention or to answer questions about any factor that affects your vision.
What is the best time to go the Emergency Service?
The best time to come is when you need immediate attention, but this means that it is impossible to predict the volume of patients at the Emergency Services. However, our Centre provides technical resources and staff to give you the best possible care and treat all cases effectively.
How long should I expect to wait before I’m seen to?
The average waiting time at the Emergency Services is 10 minutes but it may vary depending on the volume of patients.
Is Emergency Service care covered by my mutual insurance company?
Our Centre has agreements with the main mutual insurance companies and insurers. You can see them here. We always recommend checking the type of cover you have taken out.
Does the Emergency Service see paediatric patients?
Yes, the Barraquer Emergency Service see patients of all ages, plus it has a specialist paediatric ophthalmology department.