What you need to know about Ophthalmology in Costa Rica

A branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. Specialists in this field are known as Ophthalmologists and offer a range of care, from vision corrective glasses and contact lenses to eye laser surgery (LASIK), an invasive form of long-term correction of the vision. With diseases of the eye, Ophthalmologists tend to focus on one speciality, including retinal ophthalmology (retina), anterior segment surgery (iris, cornea and lens), neuro ophthalmology (nervous system), ocular oncology (tumours), oculoplastic (surgery of the eye sockets, eyelids and tear ducts) and paediatric ophthalmologists (children).

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a great place to be adventurous or for those who just want to relax and unwind. With more than 1,000 miles of coastline, the country is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches (If you are looking for lots of sun, avoid the rainy season, between April and November). It is one of the top surfing destinations in the world, the water is warm year-round.

With its own delicious national cuisine, the country is also a huge grower of coffee, bananas and chocolate. If you visit Quepos, be sure to take a tour at Villa Vanilla farms to see how they make chocolate as well as vanilla, pepper, cinnamon and more. It is known as the happiest country on Earth. A common saying among locals is “pura vida,” which means “pure life.” Everywhere you go in Costa Rica, you will be welcomed with a smile by the locals. About 25% of the Costa Rica is made up of protected national parks and rainforests which hold 5% of the world's biodiversity and the country has very rich and fertile soil which helps make it so lush and full of life. The volcanoes and surrounding areas are also popular areas for hiking, camping and mountain biking.

Costa Rica’s has two JCI-accredited hospitals and numerous smaller, private AAAASF-accredited and AAAHC-accredited clinics offering a wide range of medical services, including orthopedics, cardiology, cosmetic surgery, and bariatrics. Idyllic scenery and unique “recovery lodges” which has made Costa Rica a prime destination for the medical tourists, many of which travel for Ophthalmology procedures.

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