How can I get information on ophthalmology care in Cuba for foreigners?

Question: I am interested to travel to Cuba for a consultation with an ophthalmologist. Who should I contact? What might a consultation, hospital stay and operation cost, if necessary?

Answer: One of the finest ophthalmological hospitals in Cuba is the Instituto Cubano de Oftalmología Ramon Pando Ferrer (Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology), located in Havana. In addition to being both a national and international reference hospital, it is also a leading teaching center.

Medical care at Pando Ferrer, as the Hospital is locally known, includes diagnosis, treatment and surgical solutions, as well as emergency services, ambulatory care and hospitalization if needed. Pando Ferrer is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis of various eye diseases and innovative surgical techniques. Medical services include corneal refractive surgery, cataract, glaucoma, cornea, low vision, oculoplasty, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, retina, neuro-ophthalmology and other ophthalmic subspecialties.

Pando Ferrer has a program that comes under Health Tourism, which since 1991 has been providing medical care to patients from other countries. Health care services under this program are provided in the areas of Retina, Cataract, Cornea, tear ducts, Strabismus, Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery and Neuro-ophthalmology.

As for costs for a consultation, as well as for surgery and a hospital stay if necessary, this would depend on the nature of the problem as well as the recommended treatment and follow-up, and would need to be discussed with the hospital itself.

Contact information for Pando Ferrer is as follows:

Instituto Cubano de Oftalmología Ramon Pando Ferrer

Calle 76 #3104

e/ 31 y 41


Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba 10400

Telephone (537) 265-4800

Fax (537) 267-0965

Public Relations [email protected]


Note: Also see the response to the following question for additional information on Pando Ferrer:

What’s a reference for eye care treatment in Cuba?

16 thoughts on “How can I get information on ophthalmology care in Cuba for foreigners?

  • Is there any other Opthamologist in Havana Cuba besides Dr Ramon Pando Ferrer?

  • Hi ,
    Can you provide me with some info such as costs for doing cataract surgery please .

  • HI I would love to be in contact with someone that could give me more information regarding a macular hole my mother has. Im interested in experience, success rates & also cost in Cuba for this procedure.

    Im happy to hear from any other eye hospitals SPECIFICALLY IN CUBA that can do this procedure in the early part of 2020.

    Warm regards

  • Good morning. How do I proceed with coming to your hospital for assessment and treatment. I am 61 years old and I am afflicted with glaucoma

  • My daughter needs cornera transplant. Is that type of surgery done in Cuba?

  • I am a 56 years old Jamaica who was diagnosed with a “macular hole” in my right eye in October 2018, after having difficulty seeing clearly especially at night. I would like to know if there’s a surgery that can be done to correct it and or restore my 20/20 vision. If its possible I would like to schedule an appointment and would like to know the cost for correction.

  • Good day sir or madam I would like to get some information on how to get my baby to Cuba to do a cataract eye surgery on both eye she is currently visual impaired and I need it to down as soon as posible can be contact #

  • I have a patient that declare blind in both eyes but one eye see color and image can you help

  • I have a sister who needs operation on her eye it Diabetic retinopathy. Could you tell me how to get her to your facility please and approximately what it would cost for this service.

    Thanks as I anticipate your quick response.

  • Hello, you have a reputation in the world of eye surgery, thanks to the experience you need, I am asking you to perform a free surgery. I have a problem with eye pressure and I have incomplete retinal surgery by a surgeon here in the country
    I’m in trouble please thank you

  • My name is Deborah James. I am 61 years of age and I have been diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy…I am from Trinidad and would like to get Medical done at your hospital or clinic ,also the price for the procedures…it will be great for the speedy response … Getting this done as soon as possible

  • I have a Macular Degeneration in both eyes. A complete old retina detachment in the right eye. I have lost my driver licence for more than 7 years now. How can you help in this situation.Is there a possibility to get my vision back again.. I’m waiting for your prompt response. Phone # 407-592-4144
    Best Regards Jean Phillippe

  • I would like to know the cost to do an eye surgery in cuba as it regard Glaucoma surgery.

  • I need cataract surgery, but have been using Flomax for the past three years. Can your organization handle?

  • Above is my inquiry

  • I am visiting Cuba with MEDICCGLOBAL in February and would like to know if it would be possible to have a cataract removed. I had one removed in my right eye in South Africa with a lens but my left eye cannot be corrected for 20/20 vision or even close.
    We have a fairly full schedule so not sure I will be able to fit it in…and donot want to be disruptive to the group.
    The experience in CApe Town was quick and without anesthesia or tranquilizer at my request. The MD decided to do my more correctable eye which is splendid but I now find myself closing my left eye when I wear my glasses not when I wear my contact.
    Why am I not doing it in the USA is entirely because of cost and I donot carry Medicare B which would cover some of the cost and it was more than half the cost in Cape Town. We do have an access to care which will be helped by Obamacare. Thank you for your attention and I look forward to visiting after my first trip 20years ago.Jacqueline Barnes

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