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Best Ophthalmologists in Turkey

What is ophthalmology? Why is eye treatment so complex?

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine and surgery that deals with the diagnosis, treatment and management of eye defects; and conducting scientific research to find the causes and cures for eye disorders and vision problems. The different types of ophthalmologists are cornea specialists, retina specialist, glaucoma specialist, neuro- ophthalmologists, etc. Each subspecialty is an indicator of the part of the eye that the ophthalmologist specialises in. Eye surgery or ocular surgery is a very advanced complex procedure as the eye is a very soft and delicate organ. The ophtalomologist has to take extreme care before, during and after performing ocular surgery so as to not damage this fragile organ. Hence, ophthalmology is a very coveted and niche field.

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Which patients should consider getting treatment from an ophthalmologist?

Ophthalmologists specialize in eye health and vision care. They perform comprehensive eye exams to diagnose and treat vision problems, eye diseases, prescribe medication and perform procedures for higher level complicated eye problems such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc. 

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Why should one consider getting ophthalmologic treatment in Turkey?

Turkey boasts about some of the best hospital chains in the world. It is a popular destination for ophthalmological tourism due to its highly experienced and competent professionals as well as the technological advancement of its internationally accredited hospitals. Also, the ophthalmological procedures in Turkey are 60- 80% cheaper than those of countries like the USA and UK.

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Who are the best ophthalmologists in Turkey?

Some of the best ophthalmologists in Turkey are:-

1. Prof. Dr. Fatih Karel

  • Professor, Eye Diseases Specialist
  • Dunyagoz Hospital, Gaziantep, Ankara
  • 31 years of experience
  • Dr. Karel is an eminent and experienced ophthalmologist with over 30 years of experience under his belt.
  • He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Medicine in 1981, and completed his postgraduate studies from Sinskey Eye Institute, USA in 1988.
  • He began his career at Sinskey Ophthalmic Center and later joined the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Here, he received training in Anterior Segment Surgery, Cataract Surgery (Phacoemulsification) and Pediatric Cataract Surgery under Dr. Robert M. Sinskey.
  • After this he joined his alma mater Ankara University Faculty of Medicine as an Associate Professor.
  • He specialises in almost all forms of eye disorders such as Cataract, Glaucoma,General Eye Examination,  Cornea and the Conjunctiva.
  • Dr. Karel has treated over 25,000 patients suffering from eye disorders.
  • He is a member of the Eye Bank Association ,  TOD (Turkish Ophthalmology Association), ASCRS (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and the ESCRS (EUROPE Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery).
  • He has been a part of writing over 70 research articles in national and international journals.
     

2. Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Gokhan Gulkilik

  • Associate Professor, Ophthalmologist
  • Istanbul Medipol University
  • 25 + years of experience
  • Dr. Ibrahim Gulkilik has extensive and comprehensive experience as an ocular surgeon.
  • He graduated from Marmara University, School of Medicine in 1999 and then did his residency in ophthalmology from Vakif Gureba Education and Research Hospital in 2003.
  • After this, he went on to study at Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty for training in vitreoretinal surgery till 2005. 
  • After this, he went to Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital in 2009 and received training in keratoplasty surgery there.
  • He began his career at Vakif Gureba Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul and S?rnak Military Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology and received extensive training in treating ocular trauma and war injuries there.
  • He then went to Sisli Etfal Education and Research Hospital, Ophthalmology Clinic, Istanbul as the Head of Division of Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery.
  • Currently, he is the Chief of Ophthalmology Department at the Istanbul Medipol University.
  • Aside from this, he also has considerable experience in teaching and he is the editor of World Journal Of Ophthalmology. He also reviews the Medical Journal Of Kocaeli and the Kafkas Medical Journal. 
  • He is also a member of the International Society Of Refractive Surgery Of The American Academy Of Ophthalmology,  American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Society for Clinical Ophthalmology and the Turkish Ophthalmology Society.
  • He has performed over 10000 cataract surgeries, 3000 vitreoretinal surgeries, 1000 strabismus surgeries, 1000 oculoplastic surgeries, 5000 intraocular injections, 5000 laser surgeries and many corneal transplantation surgeries.
  • He has published 28 research articles, has received 20 citations and presented over 30 articles in national and international conferences.
     

3. Prof. Dr. Cengiz Aras

  • Professor, Ophthalmologist
  • Ba?c?lar Medipol Mega University Hospital 
  • 25+ years of experience
  • Dr. Cengiz graduated from Istanbul Medical Faculty of Istanbul University in 1987 and then completed his residency in the department of ophthalmology of Cerrahpasa Medical School in 1992.
  • He worked as a research fellow in Louisiana State University Eye Center in 1993 and joined the Texas Retina associates as an observer for six months.
  • He joined the Tokat State Hospital in 1993 and went on to join Cerrahpasa Medical School and Dunya Eye Hospital as clinical professor in Vitreoretinal Service.
  • Currently, he is working at Istanbul Private Medipol Hospital, Turkey.
  • He specializes in cataract surgery, vitrectomy, Glaucoma treatment, pediatric eye diseases, Corneal diseases and corneal transplantation.
  • He is a member of several national and international ophthalmology societies such as American Academy of Ophthalmology, European School of Advanced Sc?ences of Ophthalmology, Turkish Medical Association,European Society of Retinal Specialist, Vitreoretinal Surgery Unit Turkish Ophthalmological Society, Turkish Ophthalmological Association and Turkish Ophthalmological Proficiency Council.
  • He has published over 45 research articles and 17 international papers in peer reviewed ophthalmology journals.
     
  • Dr. Davut Kohen
  • Attending Physician
  • Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital
  • 35+ years of experience
  • He graduated as a medical doctor from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 1978. He then received specialization training in treating eye diseases at Hotel-Dieu Broussais University Pierre et Marie Curie, France till 1981.
  • Afterwards he received training as a  Retinal Diseases Research Assistant and Clinical Assistant in Moorfields Eye Hospital, London till 1983.
  • He began working professionally at St. John's Eye Hospital, South Africa as an Assistant Chief.
  • After this, he joined the Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital, Department of Eye Diseases and has been there since.
  • He specialises in Retinal Diseases, Cataract Surgery, and Refractive Surgery.
  • He has published several research articles in national and international peer reviewed journals.
     

4. Op. Dr. Faik Bankero?lu

  • Specialist, Ophthalmologist
  • Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital
  • 30+ years of experience
  • Dr. Bankero?lu graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in 1982 and completed his specialization training in eye diseases in 1986 at Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Eye Diseases. 
  • He started working as an assistant chief physician and specialist physician at Bayrampa?a Eye Hospital. 
  • He worked as a medical consultant at Bausch & Lomb till 1992 and received training on contact lenses in Rochester USA and Amsterdam Medical Academy in the Netherlands.
  • And then he started working as a specialist at the American Hospital and MedAmerican Medical Center Eye Clinic in 1992 and has been there since.
  • He is a member of The Istanbul Medical Association, The Turkish Ophthalmology Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  •  He attended the Cataract Phaco Surgery course at Agarwal Eye Clinic in India in 2010.
  • He specialises in Refractive laser surgery, Medical retinal and macular diseases, Contact lenses and Cataract Phaco surgery.
  • He has published 20 articles in various ophthalmologic journals.
     

5. Assoc. Dr. Osman Oram

  • Associate Professor, Lecturer, Ophthalmologist
  • Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital
  • 30+ years of experience
  • Assoc. Dr. Osman Oram graduated as a medical doctor from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 1988. He completed training in his Ophthalmology specialty in Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital Eye Clinic in 1991. 
  • He graduated from Houston Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Hospital in 1994 after achieving the Glaucoma and Pre-Segment Senior Specialization. 
  • He worked as the head of the Eye Diseases Department of ?nönü University Faculty of Medicine till 1996 and joined the Ba?kent University Eye Diseases Department Vehbi Koç Foundation American Hospital in 1996. 
  • He received the title of associate professor in 1995. 
  • Assoc. Dr. Oram has been working in the Eye Clinic of the American Hospital and MedAmerican Medical Center since 1997.
  • He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Spaeth Fellow Society, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Turkish Ophthalmology Association and the Istanbul Medical Association.
  • He specialises in Glaucoma, Cataract, and Refractive surgery.
  • He has several publications in peer reviewed national and international journals.

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