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Ophthalmology Department

The Ophthalmology Department at Burjeel is equipped to treat all eye conditions and provide comprehensive care for your eyes. Specialists at Burjeel have expertise in managing all eye problems such as Cataracts, Glaucoma etc. and in performing Anterior & Posterior Segment Surgeries, Corneal Surgery, Phacoemulsification - a modern cataract surgery, etc.

The Department also has a dedicated team of doctors handling eye problems of children, right from birth. Our multi-national staff reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the UAE, therefore meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of our patients.

Specialties and Services:
  • General Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Vitreo-Retinal Services
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis & Ocular-immunology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Squint Correction & Oculoplasty
  • Low-vision Aids & Visual Rehabilitation

Ophthalmology Department Specialties


The Glaucoma Specialty at Burjeel Hospital has experts who can diagnose and treat all stages and types of Glaucoma including congenital, combined mechanism, narrow angle, open angle, and normal tension.

Diagnostic Facilities:
  • Gonioscopy
  • Slit Lamp Photography
  • Optic Nerve Imaging
  • Pachymetry
  • Automated Perimetry
  • Retinal Nerve Fibre Analysis
  • Ultrasound Biomicroscopy

Based on the diagnosis and the condition phase, your doctor may recommend a treatment modality which includes laser treatment or surgical intervention.

  • Yag Laser Iridotomy
  • Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Glaucoma Surgery – Trabeculotomy (with or without Mitomycin – C), Trabeculotomy, Goniotomy, Glaucoma Valve Implants, etc

Cataract and Anterior Segment Specialty

The Cataract and Anterior specialty is one of the most sought-after specialties at Burjeel Hospital. Our experienced team of surgeons and ophthalmologists are capable of providing comprehensive eye care services covering a wide range of eye disorders like cataract, eye infections, inflammations, allergies, dry eyes, computer vision syndrome, tear duct disorders and other anterior segment disorders.

Diagnostic Facilities:
  • Slit Lamp Photography
  • Corneal Topography
  • Pachymetry
  • Low Vision Aid Testing
  • Ultrasound Biomicroscopy (USP)
  • A-scan and Biometry
Treatment Modalities:
  • Yag Laser Capsulotomy
  • Phacoemulsification Cataract Surgery (under Topical Anesthesia)
  • Foldable Intraocular Lenses, Multifocal Lens
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Lacrimal Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Procedure

Retina and Vitreous Specialty

Burjeel Hospital has one of the most advanced and sophisticated vitreo-retinal specialties in the UAE and is comparable to the world's leading ophthalmology centers. This specialty deals with simple and complex problems of the retina including those associated with diabetic conditions, and all forms of vitreous surgery.

Focus areas include:
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Vascular Disorders
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Posterior Uveitis
  • Intraocular Tumors
  • Inherited Retinal Degenerations
Medical Retina

Encompasses comprehensive evaluation of patients with ancillary tests:

  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Fundus Photography
  • VEP/Multi-focal ERG/EOG
Surgical Retina

The expert team of surgeons at Burjeel Hospital is well equipped to conduct pre-operative diagnosis and evaluation, intra-operative decision making and post-operative management for all surgical conditions like:

  • Retinal Detachments
  • Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Proliferative Vitreo-Retinopathy
  • Intraocular Foreign Bodies
  • Giant Retinal Tears
  • Macular Disorders
  • Epiretinal Membranes
  • IOL-related Posterior Segment Complications
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • AIDS-related Disorders

NeuroDiagnostic Specialty

Certain disorders of the nervous system, brain tumors etc. can affect a person's vision. The Neuro-Diagnostic Specialty at Burjeel Hospital treats such conditions with the aid of advanced diagnostic tools. Our ophthalmologists use ElectroRetinography (ERG) and ElectroOculography (EOG) to measure the electrical responses of various cell types in the retina, including the light-sensitive cells (rods and cones) and the ganglion cells.

The ERG/EOG is used for the diagnosis of the following retinal diseases:
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa and related hereditary degenerations
  • Leber's Congenital Amaurosis
  • Choroideremia
  • Gyrate Atrophy of the Retina and Choroid
  • Congenital Stationary Night Blindness
  • X-linked Juvenile Retinoschisis
  • Achromatopsia
  • Cone Dystrophies

Multi-focal ERG is used to record separate responses for different retinal locations.

Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) test measures electrical activity in certain areas of the brain in response to sensory input. It is useful for the diagnosis of:
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Unexplained Visual Loss
  • Malingering
  • Detecting Blindness in patients who cannot communicate, such as babies or unconscious patients

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Oculoplasty and Squint Specialty

The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Squint Specialty at Burjeel Hospital provides comprehensive eye care to children and babies, right from birth up to 14 years of age.

Diagnostic Services:
  • Evaluation of refractive errors in children
  • Orthoptic Workup (evaluation of squint)
  • Hess Screen Charting
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing
  • ERG (Electro-Retinography)
  • EOG (Electro-Oculography)
  • VEP (Visual Evoked Potential)
Treatment Modalities:
  • Treatment of Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Squint Correction Surgery
  • Lid Surgery for Ptosis (drooping eyelids) and others
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Orbit Fractures, etc

State-of-the-art Diagnostic Facilities

Burjeel Hospital's Ophthalmology Department makes use of the latest advances in medical science to deliver accurate results. Two highlights of the department include OCT and SLO.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses light waves to take a cross-section picture of the retina. One of the main advantages of OCT is that it provides imaging at much higher resolution when compared to traditional methods like MRI or ultrasound. Instant direct imaging can be obtained at near microscopic resolution. Moreover, it is convenient for the patient as no special preparation is needed.

Scanning Laser Ophthalmology (SLO)
Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy (SLO) is a method of imaging of the eye. It uses the technique of Confocal Laser Scanning microscopy for diagnostic imaging of the retina or cornea. It is helpful in the diagnosis of Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and other retinal disorders.

Both these methods have applications in the following conditions:
  • Vitreoretinal Interference Disorders
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Vascular Diseases
  • Chorioretinal Inflammatory Diseases
  • Retinal Dystrophies
  • Cornea and Anterior Segment
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology