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Eye specialists in Barcelona

Eye specialists in Barcelona

Find an optician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist in the catalan capital

Our vision is the main sense we depend on to live. It makes sense that we take care of it then. Barcelona is home to one of the most respected eye specialist clinics in the world – The Barraquer Clinic - run by the family that helped pioneer modern ophthalmology. If you have a risky eye procedure that needs attending or want to try innovative treatments like Argus II, then this is certainly one of the best places in the world you could visit... And if you're in Barcelona and need an eye test or replacement glasses, we've also included a list of where you can go.

What's the difference between an optician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist?

The difference between an optician, optometrist and ophthalmologist
Optician Vs Optometrist Vs Ophthalmologist

Let's start with the basics – where to look. Most commonly when people refer to eye-care, they speak about opticians. However that's not normally what is meant. Here are the three kinds of “eye-doctors”.

  • Optician: Can only dispense glasses and fit contact lenses based on prescriptions from Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. A 'Pharmacist for eyes'.
  • Optometrist: Can perform tests to diagnose and treat certain eye diseases through prescriptions and referrals. They can also gauge general quality of vision and dispense corrective lenses. They are the 'GPs for eyes'.
  • Ophthalmologist: Can diagnose all known eye problems (even those indirectly away from the eyes, E.G. Diabetes), providing medical care and surgery if necessary. These are the senior physicians with research publications.

So now that you know what they are, here is where you can find them in Barcelona.

Where to find an optician in Barcelona

No matter what part of the city you're in, you're never too far away from an optician. We've formed a complete map of opticians that covers the whole city.

Where to find an optometrist in Barcelona

In general, most of the opticians in Barcelona also have optometrists on site to also carry out basic eye tests, so you can try to visit any one of the places above. However, here is a map of optometrists that are slightly more specialized and where you'll find a comprehensive eye test.

Where to find an ophthalmologist in Barcelona

The Barraquer Family at their clinic
The Barraquer Family at their clinic

If you've visited an optometrist and aren't satisfied with your diagnosis, you may want to consider visiting an ophthalmologist, who will have much more extensive knowledge not just of problems in the eye, but visual problems that might be caused by other factors like diabetes, or neurological and immune diseases.

Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre

When money is no problem, the best Ophthalmology treatment that money can buy in Spain and one of the best in the world can be found at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre. The Barraquer family name is famous amongst ophthalmologists around the world, as the family has frequently innovated and advanced the study through new techniques that have led to changes on how we treat eye problems today, especially cataracts.

The centre is still making advances today, implanting the first bionic eye (Argus II) in Spain. They lead in research, and their most ambitious project at the moment is perfecting a method of cataract surgery called Phaco-ersatz that will also be able to fix Presbyopia (sight deterioration caused by aging).

You can request a consultation directly with Rafael and Elena Barraquer here or call (+34) 932095311. They speak English, Spanish, Catalan, French, and Italian.

At the Barraquer centre, like all Ophthalmology clinics they specialize in the full range of eye care. However, they lead the way in:

  • Cataracts
  • Early detection of cataracts
  • Issues with the cornea
  • Issues with the ocular surface
  • Emergency ophthalmological treatments
  • Uveitis and ocular inflammation
  • Macular problems
  • Ocular-plastic surgery
  • Vitreous issues
  • Oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Contact lenses

List of other ophthalmologists in Barcelona (that speak English or Spanish)

  • Dr. Carlos Javier Ruiz Lapuente:
    • Specialist in Macular, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinopathy, Refractive Laser Surgery, Injuries, Astigmatism .
    • Address: C/Còrsega, 301-303, Floor 4 Door 2, 08008, Barcelona
    • Contact details:
  • Dr. Ignasi Jurgens Mestre at the Institut Catalá de Retina:
  • Dr. Alfredo Adán Civera at Barnaclinic+:
  • Dr. Jorge Castanera de Molina's Centre:
    • Specialists in Laser surgery, Pediatric ophthalmology, Ocular-plastic surgery, Retina..
    • Address: C/ Via Augusta 20-22, 2, 08006, Barcelona
    • Contact details:
  • Dr. Carlos Verges Roger's Centre:
    • Cataracts, Glaucoma, Dry eyes, Retina, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Ocular-plastic surgery, Low Vision..
    • Address: C/ Dalmases, 42 08017 Barcelona
    • Contact details:

These ophthalmologists are located in the areas of Gràcia and Sant-Gervasi, we have a list of apartments in the area that you can consult here.

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