According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 2.2 billion people are visually impaired globally. With almost 1 in 4 people worldwide either blind or living with low vision, it is evidently clear that visual impairment is a pressing global issue. This has led to various organizations coming together and establishing ways to help individuals who are facing problems related to their eyesight.
One such example is the National Association for Prevention of Blindness (NAPB), which has been organizing Eye Health campaigns across various cities in Dubai. The healthy eye campaign was planned to educate people about how to maintain a proper eye care routine and take precautions against harmful habits that may affect their eyesight.
In addition to this, there are several leading experts in the field of ophthalmology in Dubai – doctors specializing in medical and surgical treatments of diseases related to the eye.
In case you or someone you know is facing problems with regard to your vision, here’s a list of the top ten best eye specialists in Dubai:
1. Dr. Faisal Al Brounker [MD, MBA]
Dr. Faisal is a reputed ophthalmologist in Dubai. He was born and raised in Jordan before moving to Canada for his education and training in Ophthalmology. Dr. Faisal Brounker completed his fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, followed by fellowships at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (Otolaryngology) and Harvard Medical School (General Surgery).
2. Dr. Mounir Hamze [MBChB]
Dubai’s top eye specialist, Dr. Mounir Hamze has vast experience in working with cornea transplant surgery; refractive surgery; cataract surgeries; retina, Neuro-ophthalmology, Glaucoma clinic; pediatric ophthalmology, and Laser Refractive Surgery. He is a member of the International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ISCRS) and has been awarded for his excellent work in ophthalmology. Dr. Mounir Hamze is currently working as a consultant at Dubai Eye Hospital, Al Garhoud, UAE.
3. Dr. Kamal Omar [MBBS, DCH (UK), MRCP (UK) FAAN]
Dr. Kamal is considered one of the best eye specialists in Dubai. He completed his teaching qualifications from Manchester University in the UK and became an associate professor there before starting practice in Singapore when he was just 23 years old. Today, he works as a consultant with Asia Pacific Union Health and Medical Services and has a thriving practice in Dubai with a reputation for being an effective diagnostician and surgeon. He has been given several awards including the golden award from the International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ISCRS).
4. Dr. Jad Sawalha [MBChB]
A consultant ophthalmologist working at Royal Emirates Group Hospital, Dr. Jad Sawalha is a reputed specialist whose primary focus is on cornea transplants, cataracts & glaucoma surgery along with pediatric ophthalmology and LASIK. He has been teaching students from various medical colleges across Saudi Arabia since 2000 until he moved to Dubai in 2012 to join Asian Eye Institute – a leading eye hospital under Asia Pacific Union Health and Medical Services.
5. Dr. Nawaf Al Harthi [MS (Ophth) & FRCS (Glasg & Edin)]
Dr. Nawaf Al Harthi is one of the most well-known names in ophthalmology across Dubai, UAE, and the Middle East. He completed his MBBS degree from Cairo University, followed by MS (Ophth) & FRCS (Glasg & Edin), which he completed at various institutions across the UK. Apart from being an established eye specialist, Dr. Nawaf Al Harthi has done extensive research work on glaucoma, retina diseases, and anterior segment problems among others under Professorships at several universities including Oxford University Centre For Vision Research, London; The Meath Hospital Dublin,; Charles University Prague, etc.,
6. Dr. Naveen Bhat [MBBS, MS – Ophthalmology]
Dr. Naveen Bhat is a reputed name in Dubai ophthalmology and has been practicing there since 2000. He completed his MBBS from Kasturba Medical College Manipal University Karnataka, followed by MS (Ophth) from Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi, India – an institution known for its excellence in medical education. Dr. Naveen Bhat also holds a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology USA.
7. Dr. Ziauddin Shaikh [MBBS]
A consultant ophthalmologist at the Asian Eye Institute, Dr. Ziauddin Shaikh has been practicing since 2005 and is a well-recognized specialist in cataract surgeries, glaucoma management, and pediatric ophthalmology. In addition to his position as a consultant at Asian Eye Institute, he also works as a Clinical Sub-dean at the Arab Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) that conducts examinations for Communicable Diseases Control among doctors
8. Dr. Yasir Siddiqui [MBBS]
Dubai’s topmost name in ophthalmology, Dr. Yasir Siddiqui hails from India but completed his MBBS and MS (ophthalmology) degrees from the University of Manchester. He later went on to train with some of the best eye specialists from across the UK, before moving to Dubai in 2001. Since then he has been an active consultant with a number of leading hospitals and clinics in Dubai including Al Zahra Hospital, Mediclinic JLT, and Asian Eye Institute. He is also a faculty member at the Western Australian University – an institution known for its high standards.
For other health concerns, you may also find other health specialists in Dubai. This would help you diagnose your health issue sooner and get them treated before they get severe.