Whether you need a simple checkup or looking at LASIK surgery, finding an English-speaking optometrist in South Korea may prove to be difficult for expats who don’t speak the language fluently. Even though Korea, and especially Seoul, is relatively easy to navigate if you’re an English-speaking expat, when it comes to certain things like finding an OBGYN, health clinic, or vet, sometimes you want to make sure that you’re getting all the information that you need to know.
That’s why here at 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of 10 English-speaking optometrists in South Korea, both in and outside of Seoul (in no particular order). Check out our 10 Magazine Directory to find more English-speaking services in Korea.
Opened in 1994, B & VIIT Eye Center is a center specialized in eye care. The Center welcomes both local and foreign clientele. B & VIIT hosts three different centers within its facilities and has half a dozen surgeons on staff, many of whom can communicate with you in both English and Korean.
- Examination Center
- Surgery Center
- Outpatient Treatment Center
Located in the heart of Gangnam, Kangnam Jeonnun Vision clinic prioritizes the safety of its patients. Dr. Kim Geunsoo, who worked at Duke Eye Center for a year and a half, and Dr. John Kim can provide quality care in English.
- Lasik or Lasek surgery to fix myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism
- Lens implant surgery for super high myopia or too thin cornea
- ICL(Implantable Contact Lens) and Artiflex Lens
- Lasik or Lens implant surgery for presbyopia
- Diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, etc.
Gangnam Seoul Bright Eye Clinic provides services by English speaking team members, experienced Ophthalmologists and staff and world-class surgical equipment. They won First Place in the 2017 Korea Medical Brand Awards. The Clinic specializes in LASEK / LASIK, IOL-LENS and Presbyopia treatments.
- Cataract Center
- Vision Correction Center
- Recalibration Clinic
Located in the heart of Gangnam, Glory Seoul Eye Clinic provides all services based on trust, confidence, and integrity. All three doctors in the clinic have VISIAN ICL / ARTISAN PHAKIC IOL certifications, as well as are members of the Korean Ophthalmological Society.
- Refractive Surgery: LASIK & LASEK
- Phakic IOLs (Implantable Lenses)
- Treat Presbyopia
- Treat Cataracts
Dream Eye Center opened in 2000. It’s location is super convenient, just right outside Exit 1 of Gangnam station. Dream Eye Center also offers discounts to US Armed Forces serving in Korea.
- Laser Surgery
- Cataract Surgery
- Comprehensive Optometry Service (eye exams, nonsurgical care, prescription of eyeglasses)
- Contact Lens
Korea (Incheon, Daegu, Busan)
Hangil Eye Hospital located in Incheon opened in 1985. The Hospital passed strict examination standards of Ministry of Health and Welfare and simultaneously achieved ‘Certified medical institution’ and ‘Designated as Eye specialized hospital’.
- Anterior segment center
- Glaucoma center
- Retina center
- Oculoplastic center
- Lasik center
- Pediatric Ophthalmology
- Amblyopia clinic
- Dry eye clinic
- Internal medicine
- Anesthesia pain medicine
Located in Busan, Sungmo Eye Hospital was founded in 1988. It is the only professional eye hospital in Busan and Gyeongnam
region that is approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, after passing 549 strict criteria.
- Smile LASIK Center
- Cataract Center
- Presbyopia Correction Center
- Retinal center
- Glaucoma Center
- Cosmetic Eye Surgery Center
- Strabismus Center
- Cornea Center
- General Eye Clinic Center
- Basic Checkups (Medical Examination, Eyesight Test, Glaucoma Test, etc.)
- In-Depths Checkups (complex eye test on laser surgery availability, Corneal degree of curve, Testing corneal opacity and cataract, ORA Test, DNA Test, etc.)
Located in Daegu, Metro Eye Center has done the most vision correction procedures in all of Daegu and Gyeongbuk region. They are a LASIK/LASEK Clinic certified by the Korean Ophthalmologists Association’s LASIK/LASEK committee.
- LASIK and LASEK
- Cataract Surgery
- Treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases
Located in Daegu, Nune (noo-nay) Eye Hospital contains eight different subspecialties such as Glaucoma Center, Retina Center, Cataract Center, Cornea Center, Contact Lens Center, Vision Correction Center, Ophthalmoplasty Center and Strabismus Center. The hospital has services in Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese.
- Amaris Red LASIK
- Amaris NoTouch LASEK
- Amaris IFS LASIK
- Artisan Lens Insertion
- Aqua ICL
All photos courtesy of the clinics and hospitals. Cover photo CC courtesy of Pixabay.