This Iraqi man has brought his father to Iran for an eye treatment at one of the best private hospitals in Tehran. The patient was hospitalized in the International Patients Department (IPD) of the hospital, which is specially equipped for foreign patients. As seen in the video, the young man seems happy with the services they received at the hospital.
Ophthalmology in Iran
Iran has made remarkable progress in its healthcare system as well as its medical tourism over the past several years. Given the great number of highly-qualified doctors working in Iran, the country has taken significant steps to develop its medical, as well as tourism infrastructure, to be used by its skilled manpower in order to beef up the health tourism sector. To this end, many public and private hospitals began adopting special measures to reinforce their facilities and staff, some by opening their International Patients Departments (IPDs), for receiving foreign patients. For the same purpose, the government issued special licenses to medical centers that fitted the necessary requirements for admitting foreign patients.
Apart from beauty treatments—such as rhinoplasty, for which Iran has the highest reputation—in some medical fields, too, the country has shown a vast potential. Eye care is one of the medical fields in which Iran is considered a developed country. There are specialized eye hospitals and clinics in major Iranian cities that offer the most complicated treatments and surgeries. The number of eye surgeries in Iran is remarkably high. The current world record for the highest number of eye surgeries in a single day is currently held by an Iranian eye hospital in which 600 operations were performed in only one day.
If it hadn’t been for the great expertise of the many ophthalmology specialists in Iran, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible. Of the many Iranian ophthalmologists who work in Iran and/or abroad, some have gained great reputation and eminence both at national and international levels. One example is Dr. Ali Asghar Khodadoust, known as the father of Iran’s ophthalmology, who was a world-renowned professor of ophthalmology known for his groundbreaking researches on corneal transplantation. Several famous American ophthalmologists selected Dr. Khodadoust as the best graft surgeon in the world. Professor Khodadoust passed away on 10 March 2018.
Not only is the eye care services in Iran very effective and high-quality, but they are also being offered at very low prices compared to other countries. As a result of these advantages, a large number of eye patients from neighboring countries visit Iran annually to receive ophthalmic treatments. Iraqi patients constitute the highest number of foreign eye treatment receivers in Iran.