• Barraquer Ophthalmology Center (Barcelona)

Barraquer Ophthalmology Center, founded in 1941 and of renowned international prestige.

4 reasons why you can trust in Barraquer Ophthalmology Center


Each year it deals with more than 100,000 consultations and carries out some 15,000 surgical interventions. These figures put Barraquer among the largest ophthalmological clinics in the world.

The centre has 5 equipped operating rooms fitted with the latest technology, as well as 7 laser operating rooms for refractive surgery and the treatment of other eye problems.

Barraquer has several quality certificates which guarantee the service offered to the patient, among others the quality management system certificate in accordance with ISO 9001.2008 standard.

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At an international level, Barraquer stands out as the number one centre of reference for corneal transplants, carrying out 300 transplants per year. It houses the first eye bank in Europe. Each year Barraquer trains 600 ophthalmologists from all over the world through its doctorate degree course, master’s degree course and its intensive courses. As well as that it has research collaboration agreements with the leading ophthalmological laboratories for the development of new drugs and instrumentation.


Included among the patients of Barraquer are the Spanish royal family, foreign rulers and important personalities of the world of art and economics. The high success rate of the procedures carried out results in complete customer satisfaction. Many new patients come to the clinic on the recommendation of previous satisfied patients.

comodidadGuaranteed confort

Some of the factors that contribute to patient comfort are the year-round mild climate of Barcelona, the excellent Mediterranean diet and the location of the facilities themselves, situated in a pleasant environment, in the very centre of Barcelona. It can be easily reached by public transport.

Specialists at Barraquer Ophtalmology Center

Doctor Elena Barraquer

Doctor Elena Barraquer

Specialist in cataract surgery and anterior segment of the eye
Doctor Rafael I. Barraquer

Doctor Rafael I. Barraquer

Specialist in cataract surgery, glaucoma, corneal transplant, refractive surgery and anterior segment of the eye
Doctor Juan P. Alvarez de Toledo

Doctor Juan P. Alvarez de Toledo

Specialist in anterior segment of the eye and refractive surgery
Doctor Jeroni Nadal

Doctor Jeroni Nadal

Specialist in retina and macula surgery

The 33 eye specialists at Barraquer Ophtalmology Center are highly qualified and specialized. This fact guarantees a completely personalized treatment for each patient.

Meet the whole team

Visit the facilities of the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center

Monographic center specializing in ophthalmology.

33 eye specialists.

100,000 queries – 8,000 surgical operations – 5,000 laser treatments.

First eye bank in continental Europe with more than 170,000 members.

44 beds and 19 day hospital box

5 highly equipped operating rooms

7 laser rooms

Treatments offered

Thermage CPT system
Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)
Watery eyes
Eye infection
Ocular melanoma
Ocular tumors
Dry eye
Retinal detachment
Macular edema
Lazy eye / Amblyopia
Optical neuritis
Multiple sclerosis
Thyroid eye disease
Oculomotor nerve palsy
Floppy eyelid syndrome (FES)
Diabetic retinopathy
Hypertensive retinopathy
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP)


Plácido Domingo (opera singer) – Barraquer: Complete dedication to the patient

In addition to his scientific knowledge and his wonderful and complete dedication to the patient, Barraquer has something even more honorable: his compassion, tenderness, devotion and attention at odds with human suffering or anguish in times of darkness.

Mario Vargas Llosa (writter) – Large civic and cultural responsability along with their scientific rigour (Barraquer)

One of the great merits of the Barraquer family is that they have always had a large civic and cultural responsibility along with their scientific rigour.

Albert Om (reporter) – Barraquer’s kingdom

The Barraquer Clinic is an independent mini-state visited by people from all over the world, an autocratic monarchy governed by a charismatic and unique king, with a solid population of 300 workers and circulation of 600 patients each day.

Xavier Trias (politicial) – A pioneering institution (Barraquer)

The Centro de Oftalmología Barraquer (Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre) was born out of a clear vocation to become a pioneering institution in this area of specialization throughout the whole world.”

Gerard López (football player) – Barraquer: the Barça football team of the ophthalmology world

Barraquer is a globally acknowledged centre, the “Barça” football team of the ophthalmology world. Dr. Elena Barraquer is person who with vitality and a desire to help the most underprivileged. Her enthusiasm is infectious and people respond well to her because of it.

Abdulah – The doctors and staff are A+ (Barraquer)

I was suffering for allergic conjunctivitis for 17 years and my sight was decreasing. I visited so many hospitals in Oman and outside Oman but no any benefits.

I called the Embassy of Spain in Oman and gave me three hospitals but only Barraquer hospital replied they will study my case. As the case was very complicated, after 10 days they sent me an e-mail that I can go to Barraquer Centro de Oftalmologia.

Reached Barcelona I met Dr. Jose L. Riquelme to start treatment of allergic conjunctivitis for six months. To surprise of many within six months treatment of allergies all disappear.

Everyone on the doctor’s staff was professional and efficient; they made me feel at ease in a stressful situation. I felt that I made a good choice for Barraquer. As a group, each of staff members cared for me and wanted to help me get better.  I started feeling the difference.

Some years later, I have been operated by Dr Rafael I. Barraquer. My operation was successful, thanks Allah I can see normal after my operation.

Almost every year I had to return. What a great feeling it was to have the same staff there. The doctors and staff are A+.

Today worries is not in my life dictionary, I sleep peacefully and feel very healthy, comfortable.

Latest awards received by the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center

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15/10/2015 The European Parliament recognizes the work of the Barraquer Foundation with the European Citizen’s Prize 2015.
15/12/2015 The Barraquer Center of Ophthalmology successfully implants the first artificial vision implant (bionic eye) to a deaf and blind patient.
27/06/2016 Doctor Elena Barraquer is elected Top 100 among the main women leaders in Spain.
29/07/2016 Doctor Jeroni Nadal of the Ophthalmic Center Barraquer has been awarded the Jaume II Prize.
26/08/2016 Doctor Joaquín Barraquer, one of the world’s most prestigious ophthalmologists dies. He was also the son of the founder of the Barraquer Ophthalmology Center. Doctor Joaquín Barraquer was president of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology and Honorary member of 39 national and foreign scientific associations. He also had 12 Spanish and 21 foreign distinctions and decorations. He was Doctor Honoris Causa and Honorary Professor of eleven universities and he was awarded six scientific awards, as well as national and foreign awards.
15/12/2016 The Barraquer Ophthalmology Center is awarded the first prize to the Spanish Center with the highest sanitary reputation in Ophthalmology. The Corporate Reputation Business Monitor (MERCO in its Spanish acronym).
19/12/2016 Doctor Nadal of the Barraquer Ophthalmological Center receives the Mateu Orfila award from the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Balearic Islands for his professional career.
01/02/2017 The Barraquer Foundation receives the CODESPA Award.

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