Top 8 Eye Hospitals in Kenya

Top 8 Eye Hospitals in Kenya
Top 8 Eye Hospitals in Kenya

Top 8 Eye Hospitals in Kenya

Over the last decade, medics have expressed concern over the high number of students suffering from eyesight complications in Kenya.

According to data from Lions Club International, an estimated 17 per cent of students in public institutions are suffering from common vision problems.

According to the International Classification of Diseases 11 (2018) classifies vision impairment into two groups, distance and near presenting vision impairment.

Distance vision impairment:

  • Mild – presenting visual acuity worse than 6/12
  • Moderate – presenting visual acuity worse than 6/18
  • Severe – presenting visual acuity worse than 6/60
  • Blindness – presenting visual acuity worse than 3/60

Near vision impairment:

  • Presenting near visual acuity worse than N6 or M.08 with existing correction.


Globally, the leading causes of vision impairment are:

  • uncorrected refractive errors
  • cataract
  • age-related macular degeneration
  • glaucoma
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • corneal opacity
  • trachoma.

Here is a list of Best Eye Hospitals in Kenya 2019

  1. Agarwals Eye

Dr.Agarwal’s Eye Hospital was founded by Late Dr.J.Agarwal (recipient of the Padma  Bhushan award) and his wife Dr. T.Agarwal in  Chennai, India, in 1957. What was initially an eye clinic and their home evolved into a modern eye hospital in 1976.

The institution gave birth to many modern day inventions in the field like Glued IOL (to treat patients with complicated lens problems) and PDEK (an ultra-modern form of eye transplants).

  1. City Eye Hospital

City Eye Hospital is a social venture that provides quality and affordable eye care to people living in East Africa. Our primary mandate is to provide affordable and accessible eye care. Accessible on both fronts of location and price.


– Outpatient services, diagnosis, treatment and counselling

– Theatre for minor and major surgery

– Outreaches that meet the needs of different communities on the ground

– Optical wear that offers prescription glasses and a unique selection of frames and accessories

  1. P. Shah Hospital

Located in Parklands Area in Nairobi, M.P. Shah Hospital is a modern 210-bed facility which is home to highly skilled and experienced specialists and professional medical staff.  For generations, we have been ranked among the best private hospitals in Kenya because of our excellent standards and the high quality of services and personal care we provide.

MP Shah Hospital has been recognized as a national referral facility with ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification. We are also affiliated to COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa), an independent body that fosters postgraduate education in surgery and provides surgical training.

  1. Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital (Eye Clinic)

The Eye Clinic at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive eye care to children. We specialize in all conditions that affect the health of the eyes of growing children.

Their team consists of experienced ophthalmologists, nurses, and numerous other collaborating support staff. Gertrude’s goal is to deliver excellence in eye care for children with a commitment to personal attention and customer service.

  1. Avenue Healthcare

Avenue Hospital was founded in 1995 for the purpose of managing the outpatient department at the Hospital, and to extend medical services to corporate clientele through an innovative concept of Managed Healthcare.

Since its founding in 1976 by the late surgeon, Dr. B.P. Patel, Avenue Hospital Nairobi has grown from a 65 bed to a 7 complex Storied 140 bed private health facility. Located in Parklands, the hospital is dedicated to providing high quality medical care.

The hospital also has its branches in Kisumu.

  1. Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital

The hospital was founded in July 1997 to as a comprehensive eye care facility with the main hospital located in Loresho Westlands District, Nairobi County. LSEH focuses on economically disadvantaged groups of the society in rural and urban areas extending its services to them through community outreach programs.

The Eye Hospital has a general outpatient service with 8 consulting rooms to serve walk-in patients with a large reception and waiting shed which can accommodate over 200 patients. The general clinic is offered at a highly subsidized rate.

The hospital also has 2 fully equipped main theaters, 2 minor theaters and a separate male and female general ward which accommodates 66 patients at a time.

  1. The Methodist Church in Kenya (Maua Methodist Hospital)

The Hospital has an eye unit, open throughout the week with the eye specialist (Ophthalmologist) seeing patients every Thursday.

We treat many eye conditions among them allergies, cataract, infections and injuries. Diabetes may cause serious eye complications therefore every diabetic is advised to consult an eye specialist at least once a year.

Maua Methodist hospital is the only hospital with an eye laser machine in eastern province. Laser machine treats eye diseases that are associated with diabetes among others. In addition, we perform eye surgery and make spectacles while you wait.

  1. C.E.A Kikuyu Hospital Eye Unit

The Eye Unit was established in 1975 as part of a collaborative effort between the hospital and Christoffell Blinden Mission (CBM), a German non-governmental Organization.

They have clinics serving up to 60,000 clients per year, an express clinic and a clinical service.