Question: Recently I had eye surgery and follow up treatment for my retina. If a retinal complication occurred in Cuba, can you provide a reference so that I can establish contact prior to traveling to Cuba?
Answer: The Instituto Cubano de Oftalmología Ramon Pando Ferrer (Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology), located in Havana, is a national and international reference hospital as well as a leading teaching centre. Although it is not Cuba’s only ophthalmological institution, it is one of the best.
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.
Founded in January 1956, this hospital initially treated blindness. In 1985-86 a specialized ophthalmological program was established dealing with the Retina and Glaucoma, and in 1988 the Ocular Microsurgery Centre was created to deal with cataract surgery, myopia, etc. Today Pando Ferrer deals with all ophthalmic subspecialties and provides other medical and diagnostic services as well.
The Hospital staff consists of approximately 140 doctors of whom just over one hundred are ophthalmologists in different specialties. Medical services include corneal refractive surgery, cataract, glaucoma, cornea, low vision, oculoplasty, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, retina and neuro-ophthalmology.
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.
In July 2004, Pando Ferrer became the lead Hospital in a national and international program called Operación Milagro (Operation Miracle), whereby free surgery is provided to thousands of low-income patients from many countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and elsewhere who have eye problems (cataract, pterygium, eyelid ptosis, retina, squint, cornea and glaucoma).
The person in charge of Retina Services is Dr. Yolanda Velazquez Villares, who can be contacted via email at [email protected]
Contact information for the Hospital itself 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