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Joan Prat Bartomeu

Joan Prat Bartomeu, ophtalmologist SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Joan Prat Bartomeu

Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese
Paediatric ophthalmologist
Expert in:
Oculoplastic Surgery. Paediatric Ophthalmology. Orbit and lachrymal ducts
Head of the Ophthalmology Department

Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese

In addition to my role as Head of Department, I lead the paediatric Oculoplastic Unit. Indeed, our Department was the first in Europe to develop this sub-specialty. I also work in biotechnological innovation, developing exploratory devices. I also collaborate with two African countries, training local ophthalmologists in Paediatric Ophthalmology in Mozambique and Senegal. I am the director of a Master's degree in Paediatric Ophthalmology at the University of Barcelona, the first and only one degree course of this kind in the country. I am the president of the Spanish Eye and Orbital Plastic Surgery Society (SECPOO). "I believe in disseminating the best paediatric ophthalmology practices throughout the world, and if I don't have a solution for something, I will seek it out". 


  • PhD in Surgery. Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2002.
  • Specialty in Ophthalmology. Bellvitge University Hospital, 2002.
  • Specialty in eye orbit. University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela (CHUS), 1991.
  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery. Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1985.


International experience

  • Speciality in orbital disorders. Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, 1991.

Scientific activity

Research projects:

  • Protocol for treatment of congenital tear duct obstruction.
  • Possibilities of levator resection in congenital ptosis.
  • Changes in optical pathway diameter in NF1.
  • Applications of pupillography in children.
  • Contributions of video-oculography in strabismus surgery.
  • Early diagnosis of schizophrenia by ocular motility digitisation.
  • Treatment of Usher syndrome.

See scientific activity

Should children wear sunglasses?

Many parents are aware of the risks of overexposure to the sun. Sun creams, sunshades and hats are always in the bag when going to the beach or doing outdoor activities in the summer, but parents are increasingly asking whether their children should also wear sunglasses. Dr. Prat, Head of Ophthalmology at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, explains which criteria to consider when making this decision.