Increasing numbers of patients from the GCC region are travelling to Dubai for eyecare, and the Kuwait Ministry of Health is now exploring collaboration with an in-patient dedicated ophthalmology facility in Dubai, Barraquer UAE Eye Hospital.
A delegation of the Kuwait Ministry of Health has recently visited Dubai to lay the groundwork for ophthalmology patients from Kuwait to have ophthalmology treatment at Barraquer UAE Eye Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City.
The hospital is the first international facility of the ophthalmology hospital Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre, in Barcelona, Spain. Spread over five floors in Al Jaddaf, the 30-bed ophthalmology facility has eight specialist doctors all from Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre in Barcelona.
The Kuwait Ministry of Health is considering paying for patients from Kuwait for specialised ophthalmology care in Dubai, as local facilities are seen as not adequate.
There are a wide variety of eye diseases prevalent across the GCC, including cataract, glaucoma, and refractive errors.