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Eye spy with my little eye…

Five sights you’ll want to see when you visit Dubai for your ophthalmological procedure


Corrective laser eye surgery – that’s LASIK or PRK – is the most popular type of eye surgery on the planet today, with thousands of people having the procedure done safely every day. If you take in to account that the health industry is the most advanced industry in the world – especially in ophthalmology – it makes sense that more and more people are opting to have eye procedures done. Which is also where medical tourism steps in.


For many people – depending on where they’re from – travelling to a place like Dubai to have eye surgery is more cost effective than having surgery done at home, not to mention that the hospitals in Dubai, and the city’s medical care and medical staff are some of the best in the world.


Dr. Prasan Rao, specialist ophthalmology in Dubai, agrees, saying, “People often ask me why they should have their treatment in Dubai and not back home. The emirate houses renowned medical institutes that boast the best care, and the best technology and equipment, with exceptional surgery skills to match. Dubai’s regulatory bodies also feature stringent criteria that ensure patient safety and exceptional outcomes.”


When it comes to actual eye procedures, Dr. Rao explains, “LASIK is one of the best surgeries for people who want to get rid of their glasses or contact lenses, with many patients reporting excellent vision on the day of the surgery, with their vision getting better and better over time. In Dubai, there are many other effective treatments for complex retinal and eye diseases though, and these usually include refractive, retina and cataract surgeries. All of these procedures – that are usually day procedures – feature fast recovery rates, with patients being able to go home on the same day and potentially head back to work the following day. Thanks to recovery rates being high, complications are low and success rates are high, too.”


Additional treatments related to ophthalmology – the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and orbit – include phakic IOLS (implantable lenses), and lens surgery with the implantation of premium Intraocular Cataract Lenses (IOLS) in cases where cataracts are removed. Oculofacial surgery – that works across cosmetic and reconstructive surgery – is also popular. Patients don’t just come to Dubai for elective procedures, but also for treatments like vitreoretinal surgery (treating the retina, macula, and vitreous fluid); keratoplasty (cornea surgery); and surgery to treat glaucoma. Medical facilities in Dubai offer the most up-to-date technology, experienced surgeons, and the best quality eye-care services, which is why it’s a great medical tourism option for eye-care procedures.


Aside from incredible healthcare, the emirate is also a fantastic family holiday destination, with plenty of things to do in Dubai. Featuring year-round sunshine, postcard-worthy beaches, take-my-money shopping, incredible food, and action-packed fun for the entire family, if you’re considering having eye treatments done here, stay a few extra days and soak up the scenery – either before or after your procedure, depending on your doctor’s advice.


Whatever you do, don’t miss these sights…


Burj Khalifa

A trip to Dubai is not complete without heading to the top of the world’s tallest building for a cheeky look at the entire city from a vantage point like no other. If the weather is clear, you’ll be able to see almost the entire emirate and – crazy fact – you can enjoy two sunsets. Wait, what? The Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can watch the sun set from the ground before catching a lift to the top to watch the sun set again. (


Dubai Marina and beyond

Hop on a boat and cruise the sea for a couple of hours, taking in stunning views of the Marina’s waterways, vibrant skydivers as they parachute down to earth, gyroscopes, aeroplanes and helicopters, a futuristic monorail connecting the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, the Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah island itself, the Burj Al Arab and the World Islands.


Dubai Summer Surprises

Many people think that Dubai is off limits in summer. Yes, the mercury may rise in the city during that time, but reduced traffic, fewer tourists and Dubai Summer Surprises’ events more than make up for the heat. If you’ve got kids, they’ll adore the summer-long Modhesh World, an air-conditioned, indoor event featuring children’s shows, a petting zoo, storytelling sessions, gaming areas, a food court and much more. Don’t forget to say hi to mascot Modhesh. Adults (and kids) can burn off excess energy at Dubai Sports World, an enormous indoor sports facility featuring skate parks, trampolines, squash courts, basketball courts, football fields, rugby pitches, volleyball courts, badminton courts, tennis courts, a cricket pitch, pink pong, a gym, cycling studio, and a fitness studio. Check out for more information. 


Al Bastakiya

The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai is a wonderful place to get lost during the winter months. Dating back to the 1890s, this area is steeped in history and gives you a glimpse of a more old-fashioned Dubai. Keep an eye out for traditional wind towers, winding alleyways, and bustling courtyards. While you’re there, visit the Arabian Tea House Café ( and sample their exceptional Arabic coffee and dates. When you’re done exploring, catch an abra – that’s a small wooden boat taxi – across the creek and shop at some of the city’s older, more atmospheric souks for gold, spices, fabrics and knick knacks. Pack your haggling skills though; you’re going to need them.


Food, glorious food

Dubai serves some of the best fare on earth. If you want to order something that is so beautiful you almost can’t bear to eat it (almost), head to Boca in DIFC ( and order the jewel-hued scallops scattered with pomegranates, blueberries, pine nuts and leaves. The insalata di campo at Segreto at Madinat Jumeirah ( is one of the most beautiful salads we’ve ever seen, too. We’re not sure what’s in it, but with its edible flowers and fresh garden leaves, we think it should be framed and hung on a wall. For something a little bit naughty, try the toasted almond panna cotta at Jean-Georges at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach ( It’s got great looks, and exceptional taste.

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