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Dr JD Ferwerda is a Dutch Opthalmologist, born on the island of Curacao in the Dutch Caribbean. Coming from a family of Medical Doctors and Scientists, he decided early on that he wanted to become a Medical Doctor. He went to medical school in The Netherlands, and graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1988.  After this he went to Leuven, Belgium where he specialized in Ophthalmology. After working for a few years as a general Ophthalmologist he finished his training with a full Fellowship in Retinal Surgery in the Netherlands. After returning to his beloved Curacao he set up his own modern private clinic where he treated patients for more than 20 years. Dr.JD has been performing both cataract surgery, retina surgery and various other eye procedures, with the latest techniques and equipment, helping patients from his own island as well as other islands in the Caribbean.

After a visit to a childhood friend in Ho Chi Minh City in February 2013 and seeing the need for advanced medical eye care and training, the family decided to move to Vietnam in September 2014. He opened his own private eye clinic in Thao Dien in 2017 and his practice is quickly becoming the go-to center for quality eyecare in Vietnam. Patients from all over Vietnam and also from neighboring countries are seeking him out for his expertise. 

Dr.JD is a member of:
– The Belgium Ophthalmology Society
– The American Academy of Ophthalmology
– Euretina

Currently, Dr. JD is socially active in the ROP project that aims to reduce blindness in premature babies, both as a surgeon and as a “partner” to the local doctors to help them with training and specialized equipment. The aim of this project is to reduce the number of blind babies by more than half in the next 1-2 years.

Another area of focus is Diabetic Retinopathy which is also a major cause of blindness in Vietnam. As a leading expert in this field, he hopes to make a positive impact in Vietnam and the surrounding countries.

Dr. JD speaks 6 languages (Fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamento, basic in French and German) and he is currently learning to speak Vietnamese.

Dr. JD also has a Vietnamese medical license, so he can perform ophthalmological exams and treatments in full compliance with the laws of Vietnam.

In the European Eye Center, Dr. JD and his team offer top quality eye care in an environment where the patient comes first, utilizing the latest diagnostic equipment from Germany, Switzerland, Japan and The United States.

Tel number: (+84) 28 225 33572 and (+84) 28 225 33574
Address: European Eye Center
116 Nguyen Van Huong, Ward Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC
Open hours: Mon-Fri from 8 am till 5 pm & Sat from 8 am till 12 pm


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