Founded in 1956, the Ramon Pando Ferrer Institute of Ophthalmology in the Marianao district of Havana, is a leading center of research and treatment of eye disease. It is a highly respected institution by the international medical community.

In 1985, the Ramon Pando Ferrer Ophthalmology Institute, an accredited hospital, created a specialized program that uses laser treatment for retina and glaucoma.

The Institute has collaborated in research projects with the Nonprofit organizations Orbis International and the Christian Blind Mission (C.B.M.). It took part in the National Blindness Prevention Program and the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, a Global Initiative to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness project.

Since the opening of its Ocular Microsurgery Center (OMC) in 1988, the OMC has treated over one million patients. Over 300,000 surgeries have been performed at the Center, and over one-third were cataract-related procedures. As a result, Cuba gained a reputation as a leading center for cataract surgery and the treatment of myopia and glaucoma.

The first ophthalmology telemedicine program began in Cuba. The program creating an opportunity for research collaboration between Cuban and international doctors. It facilitates online consultations between patients and doctors. Patients from 32 countries around the world have accessed the program.

The Institute’s Pediatric Ophthalmology department provides vision care and treatment for children, including refractive issues, strabismus disorder, binocular vision, and other conditions. Initial consultations, except for children under one year, are conducted on an outpatient basis.

The Institute specializes in ophthalmology and subspecialties, diagnostic testing (clinical laboratory, radiology, immunology), anesthesiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, stomatology, and pathological anatomy. Equipped with the latest innovative technology, it treats eye diseases with new surgical techniques. Other available treatments include those for retinopathy prematurity, low vision, cataracts, retina, cornea, lacrimal pathways, contact lenses, refractive surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology.

Ramon Pando Ferrer Ophthalmology Institute offers high-quality, efficient service provided by medical specialists. Over three million patients from more than 40 countries have received successfully treatment at the Center.