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LASIK Eye Surgery in Istanbul

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LASIK or Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis is a modern laser eye surgery technique that quickly became popular due to its high patient satisfaction rates which are usually between 92% and 98%.

LASIK is used in ophthalmological centres all around the world to treat patients that suffer from short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism. The excimer laser used in LASIK eye surgery is the pinnacle of laser eye technology and this is also clearly seen in the results.

LASIK Eye Surgery Candidates

Patients suffering from myopia or short-sightedness can benefit greatly from LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is also a solution for patients that suffer from hyperopia and astigmatism.

Am I Suitable for LASIK Eye Surgery?

A few factors influence the eligibility for LASIK eye surgery. If you fall into the following categories, you may not have LASIK surgery:

● Under 21
● Pregnant
● Suffering from diabetes
● Have other eye problems such as cataract or glaucoma
● Born with a thinner cornea or a larger diameter pupil

Before You Leave for LASIK Eye Surgery

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.

Preparing for LASIK Eye Surgery

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

How is LASIK Eye Surgery Performed?

You’ll first have a very detailed eye examination. Your doctor will numb your eyes through the use of an anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. The data obtained from the eye examination is fed into the LASIK system and your LASIK technician will decide on an incision point. Once the incision point is decided, it is marked with an ink marker and a flap is created over the surface of the eye. After that, the excimer laser is used in order to shape the cornea according to the type of refractive error the patient suffers from. You will be asked to look at a certain spot or target but the excimer laser is used for less than a minute. Once the laser part is over, the eye outer membrane or flap returns to its initial position.

After that, your vision may improve drastically in the first few hours after surgery, or it may improve steadily during the first weeks after surgery.

LASEK is a procedure very similar to LASIK and both of them use the same precise excimer laser. The only difference is that with LASEK the cornea outer membrane is fully removed during surgery and then placed back once the procedure is over.

LASIK Eye Surgery Summary

Anesthesia

Local anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Overnight stay is not required

Back to Work

1 day

Duration of Operation

30 to 60 minutes

Minimum Stay

Patients can usually fly soon after LASIK

LASIK Eye Surgery Recovery

The recovery period lasts around 2-3 weeks. During this period you should avoid powerful light sources such as the sun or desk lamps. You should also be careful and follow the doctor’s recommendations thoroughly. You will need to keep your eyes hydrated and to refrain from rubbing your eyes during this period. Other recommendations include:

● Not wearing makeup during the recovery period
● No contact sports allowed
● Swimming is not allowed – tiny microorganisms from the sea or ocean may damage your cornea

LASIK Eye Surgery Risks and Complications

Although there are no known long term side effects of LASIK surgery, a few small risks exist. Patients that decide to have LASIK laser eye surgery must be careful and follow the doctor’s recommendation thoroughly in order to avoid 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 – it usually appears in 1 in 15.000 patients after LASIK surgery.

LASIK Eye Surgery Success Rates

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

Before and After LASIK Eye Surgery

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

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LASIK Eye Surgery Cost in Istanbul

Cheapest LASIK Eye Surgery price in Istanbul is € 840. Average LASIK Eye Surgery cost in Istanbul is € 1,182 where prices can go as high as € 1,390.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 12 Eye Care centers in Istanbul that are offering LASIK Eye Surgery procedures.

Prices listed on this page are the average price for LASIK Eye Surgery. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized LASIK Eye Surgery quote. For a more accurate LASIK Eye Surgery price quote, please click HERE.

Istanbul

Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and In Europe, according to population – it has over 14 million inhabitants. Istanbul is Turkey’s financial, cultural and healthcare hub – it’s the city with the most JCI accredited private hospitals. The city spreads on both sides of the Bosphorus – The strait that divides the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. Istanbul also connects Europe to Asia forming a very interesting mix, both gastronomically and culturally.

Over 11 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2012, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.

Sights to See

The Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque incorporates Islamic architecture and Byzantine Christian elements in its design. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The Mosque got its name from the 20,000 Iznik blue ceramic tiles used to line its interiors. The Blue Mosque is also the final resting place of Sultan Ahmed which commissioned the building in 1609, with work finishing in 1616.

Basilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul. The Cistern is huge, with a total of 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. It was built in order to store water during the Byzantine time – in the 6th century. Most of the columns feature decorative carvings, as they were re-used from other classical-age structures. Some of the most interesting columns on the site are the Medusa stones, in the north-west corner of the Cistern.

Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace is one of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. The palace itself was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century and has been the residence of Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. The palace is a vast complex of richly decorated courtyards and rooms. The palace features a Harem, the Imperial Treasury room, the Imperial Council Chamber, the Second Court, the Third Court (the Sultan’s private rooms) and the Palace Kitchens. The palace became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and has been described as “one of the best examples of palaces of the Ottoman period”.

Tourists can enjoy a wide range of shopping centres and bazaars such as the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian bazaar and many modern shopping malls all around Istanbul.

Things to Know

● Tourists arriving in Istanbul will be required to purchase a tourist Visa – the procedure can be easily done online or at a visa machine before the immigration section of the airport. The Visa costs around 20 USD.

● There are 3 main airports in Istanbul. Hazerfen Airport is a private airport with limited traffic. Atatürk Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Usually planes land at the Atatürk Airport (IATA:IST) which is just 20 km from the city centre. From there a visitor can take a taxi to Taksim Square for around TRY60. Tourists can also use a local airport service called Havataş which runs express bus services every 30 minutes for around TRY11 to Taksim Square and Aksaray.

● Food and drink at the airport is quite expensive and may cost 4 times more than in the city. It is advisable to bring your own meals from the town if you have a lot of waiting to do at the airport. There is also a supermarket close to the airport metro entrance where you can buy reasonably priced food and drink.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira (TRY) just about anywhere across Istanbul. Most shops and supermarkets also accept credit cards for payment.

● Roaming fees in Turkey are expensive, but you can simply buy a new SIM card when you reach Istanbul and use it for the duration of your stay.

● Istanbul has a humid subtropical climate, so the summer months are generally warm and in winter temperatures differ from place to place.

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LASIK Eye Surgery FAQ

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Is LASIK painful?

Lasik is absolutely painless and the procedure only lasts a few minutes for each eye.

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What makes the Excimer Laser so good?

The LASIK excimer laser is extraordinarily precise – it produces an ultraviolet beam that’s just 0.5% of the width of a human hair.

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Can LASIK treat presbyopia?

LASIK can only treat refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.