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The Benefit Of LASIK Eye Treatment Abroad 

Wearıng glasses to compensate for vision problems may make you feel unattractive on certain occasions. Also, wearing glasses for years will change your facial features. It will leave marks on the side of your nose and may increase dark circles around your eyes.  

LASIK eye surgery abroad has gained popularity because the treatment is safe, cost-effective, and straightforward. You can have the treatment in a few minutes and continue to enjoy your holiday if you have it abroad.

There are other appeals for having the treatment abroad:

Doctors abroad speak and communicate in English. 

Some patients might hesitate to consider having the treatment abroad because of language or cultural barriers. But in medical tourism destinations like Turkey, Hungary, and Poland, doctors regularly serve international patients. They can communicate in good English.

Some doctors had their training abroad, which explains their good English proficiency. Also, their clinics have assistants who communicate in English.

 You can have access to one of Europe's leading cosmetic surgeons.

The geographical location plays a role. Turkey and Hungary have gained a reputation as top destinations for cosmetics procedures. Also, the vast number of patients who travel to these destinations adds value to their experience and understanding of international patients' expectations.

Modern Facilities and equipment 

The specialist uses the latest technology and equipment in their field. Ensuring your treatment will have great results and a higher success rate.

You get access to superior patient care services.

Most doctors usually see their patients once a month. So, an average doctor spends fewer than seven minutes with a patient. Ultimately, this means that patients don't experience good patient care services from their doctors.

On the other hand, if you travel abroad to receive treatment, you can expect to be treated with care and respect when you go for treatment abroad. The surgeons in these reputable hospitals take the time to talk to patients.

Tips For Choosing The Best Eye Corrective Clinic Abroad 

  • Verify the surgeon's experience. Ask about the surgeon's education, additional fellowship training, and how often they performed the treatment. 
  • Schedule an online consultation. Most clinics or hospitals that work with international patients offer this service. 
  • Research the condition of the clinic before booking. It's recommended to visit the clinic before booking and finalizing the procedure. Talk to the staff and past patients if possible. 
  • Ask what's the follow-up steps after the surgery and aftercare procedure steps. 
  • Choose the right surgeon, do your due diligence, and enquire. 
  • Plan your trip well, and give yourself time to rest after the treatment. 

Ideal Candidate For LASIK Eye Surgery Abroad  

The ideal candidate for Lasik surgery is:

  • Individuals aged above 18 years
  • Patients with a healthy cornea and stable vision
  • Do not have an active eye disease 
  • Must have at least 20/40 vision with contact lenses or glasses

LASIK Surgery Treatment Cost Abroad

The factors that affect the cost of LASIK eye treatment abroad are the hospital's location, the surgeon's experience, the technique used, and the type of treatment.

Country Estimated Cost
UK

$2000 - $3900 Per eye

USA

$2000 - $3000 Per eye

Turkey

$1600

Australia

$1800 - $2600

 

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Memorial Atasehir Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Pick up service from airport
  • ISO 9001:2008 and JCI accreditations
  • Has LEED GOLD Certificate
  • 231 patient rooms
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Memorial Antalya Hospital
Antalya, Turkey
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  • Quality health services in the mediterranean
  • 15,000 square meter JCI-accredited health care facility
  • 132 in-patient beds
  • American College of Embryology accredited embryology lab
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Ethica Incirli Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Scientific developments at international level
  • Free transfers between airport, hotel and clinic
  • Serve with zero errors
  • Serve in 8 different languages
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital
Muğla, Turkey
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  • 26.000 m² closed area
  • Diffrent room types
  • Interior gardens on patient floors
  • 104 bed capasity
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Memorial Sisli Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • 200 bed capacity
  • Pneumatic tube transfer system
  • Pressure support system to control temperature
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Medipol Mega University Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • One of Turkey's largest hospitals
  • Turkey's first private medical complex
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • Online doctor consultations
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Estethica Atasehir
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Move with the motto of healthy beauty
  • ISO 9001-certified clinic in Istanbul
  • Free consultations
  • 7/24 working center
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Dunyagoz Atakoy
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Offers treatment services in all eye branches
  • Public transport access
  • Open weekends
  • Pick up service from airport
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Dunyagoz Antalya
Antalya, Turkey
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  • Additional branches located in Germany and the UK
  • Provide assistance with hotel and flight booking
  • Experienced surgeons
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How Long Should You Stay In The Hospital After The Surgery? 

LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient procedure, you can leave the clinic immediately after the surgery. 

How Long Does The Treatment Take?

30 to 60 minutes

What To Avoid Before The Procedure?

Before you leave for LASIK eye surgery, it’s a good idea to inform your eye doctor about your travel and the procedure you plan on having. Your ophthalmologist may also give you a quick check-up before you leave and also offer some advice.

It’s recommended that you stop wearing contact lenses and makeup for at least a few days before going in for LASIK. Contact lenses may damage the cornea and makeup may interfere with the LASIK procedure.

 LASIK Surgery Complications

Although rare, LASIK surgery complications can appear. Patients that decide to have LASIK laser eye surgery must be careful and follow the doctor’s recommendation thoroughly in order to avoid the potential: 

  • Eye infection – during the recovery period it’s recommended not to swim in the sea or ocean. If you do get an eye infection, it can be easily treated with antibiotics. 
  • Corneal membrane wrinkles – if you rub your eyes, squeeze or practice contact sports you may end up with a wrinkled corneal membrane which in turn leads to decreased vision. 
  • Ectasia – usually appears in 1 in 15.000 patients after LASIK surgery. 

LASIK Treatment Success Rate

LASIK is one of the most common laser eye surgeries used to correct refractive errors. Post-operatory LASIK patient reviews set the success rates between 92% and 98%. This is the reason why LASIK gained so much popularity in recent years.

It’s very important to mention that there are no known long-term side effects from LASIK surgery. It’s also worth mentioning the fact that LASIK does not guarantee perfect vision, although many patients do obtain it after a few weeks from surgery.

LASIK Eye Surgery Alternatives

While LASIK offers great results for a large number of patients, it also comes with certain requirements. Patients who are unable to undergo LASIK surgery have some alternatives available to them. Here are the best LASIK alternatives available for patients.

Wavefront Guided LASIK

Wavefront-guided LASIK uses computer imaging technology to create a 3D model of the patient’s cornea. This map is then used to program the excimer laser with more accuracy since wavefront technology provides highly precise measurements of the patient’s cornea.

This is the main reason why Wavefront-guided LASIK provides patients with better results than glasses or traditional LASIK. Not only that but this new technology has been proven to reduce post-op side effects such as contrast sensitivity and problems with night vision.

A higher percentage of patients achieve near-perfect vision by undergoing Wavefront-guided LASIK instead of the traditional procedure.

LASEK

LASEK eye surgery uses a micro-instrument called a trephine to modify the epithelial corneal tissue, creating a flap. The alcohol solution is then applied to the area in order to further loosen the epithelial cells.

The flap is then moved aside and the rest of the procedure is comparable to PRK eye surgery – the cornea is sculpted, and the flap is repositioned before being secured in place with the help of a contact lens that will help with the healing process.

EpiLASIK

EpiLASIK uses a very small micro-keratome called an EpiKeratome to detach a small sheet of epithelial tissue from the cornea itself. The sheet is then moved to the side and the procedure continues as with PRK treatment. This thin sheet will be moved back in its place, under a contact lens that will help the healing process.

CK or Conductive Keratoplasty

Conductive Keratoplasty is a minimally invasive thermal refractive procedure that’s usually performed on patients over 40 years old. This procedure is used to treat mild or moderate cases of hyperopia.

Conductive Keratoplasty does not use a laser at all, but instead, the doctor will use a micro-probe that releases radio frequency energy, applying heat to certain portions of the cornea. The extra heat will cause the cornea to shrink and tighten, increasing its curvature and improving eyesight.

Conductive Keratoplasty can also be used to treat presbyopia in patients with fair vision but poor near focus. CK is unfortunately not a permanent solution and some patients may require further procedures.

Phakic Intraocular Lenses or IOLs

Phakic intraocular lenses are best suited for patients suffering from severe refractive errors that cannot be treated with surgery.  Phakic intraocular lenses are also called implantable contact lenses – these are placed in front of the eye’s natural lens, either in front or behind the iris. Once the lenses are inserted, the patient’s vision is corrected.

Refractive Lens Exchange or Clear Lens Extraction

Refractive Lens Exchange uses an artificial lens to replace the patient’s natural eye lens in order to improve their vision. This procedure is very similar to cataract surgery, with the addition of an artificial lens.

This content was written and reviewed by our medical content team in August 2022.