You’re never far from an optician in Dubai, with most malls and shopping centres having at least one outlet. The dry, dusty environment in Dubai can cause problems for eyes, even if you’ve had no trouble in the past. Natural tear or refresher eye drops can increase eye comfort and are available in most opticians and pharmacies. Spending lengthy periods in air-conditioned environments can cause problems for contact lens wearers. Opticians can advise on the most suitable lenses. Sunglasses are an essential accessory in Dubai and prescription lenses are widely available.

For eye problems requiring specialist treatment, many hospitals and clinics, including Moorfields Eye Hospital and The American Hospital Dubai, have well-equipped ophthalmology departments. If you want to ditch the glasses, a number of clinics and medical centres offer laser eye surgery. Prices start from around Dhs.4,000 per eye. All good laser surgery packages should include a complete year’s follow-up care. 

Even if you’ve never had an eye test in your life, you will need to undergo one in order to get a driving licence. This test can be carried out at most opticians for a minimal fee, sometimes free of charge.


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