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LASIK Eye Surgery in Turkey

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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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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

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Estethica Atasehir

Istanbul, Turkey
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Memorial Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
9 reviews
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
26 reviews
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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
6 reviews
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Kent Hospital

İzmir, Turkey
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital

Muğla, Turkey
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Kolan International Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
4 reviews
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LASIK Eye Surgery Cost in Turkey

Cheapest LASIK Eye Surgery price in Turkey is € 840. Average LASIK Eye Surgery cost in Turkey is € 1,332 where prices can go as high as € 1,869.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 23 Eye Care centers in Turkey that are offering LASIK Eye Surgery procedures. These Eye Care centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISO 9001:2000. Popular LASIK Eye Surgery destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya.

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.

Turkey

Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.

Healthcare

Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.

Sights to See

Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.

Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.

Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.

Things to Know

● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.

● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.

● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.

● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.

● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.

● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.

● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.

● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.

● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.

● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.

● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything. 



● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart -  It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.

● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.

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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.