Average PRK Eye Surgery costs in Turkey are € 1,100.
With FlyMedi, you can connect with 12 Eye Care centers in Turkey that are offering PRK Eye Surgery procedures. These Eye Care centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISO 9001:2000. Popular PRK Eye Surgery destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya.
Prices listed on this page are the average price for PRK Eye Surgery. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized PRK Eye Surgery quote. For a more accurate PRK Eye Surgery price quote, please click HERE.
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.
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.
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.
● 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.
Photorefractive Keratectomyor PRK eye surgery is a type of laser procedure, frequently performed to treat the patient’s sight problems and decrease their dependency on contact lens or glasses. While performing the PRK eye surgery, a precise excimer laser is used to modify the shape of the cornea, effectively correcting any refractive errors such as astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness.
PRK eye surgery and LASIK eye surgery are very similar procedures, but there are different advantages and disadvantages to each procedure.
PRK surgery has several advantages that involve:
● It can be performed for the patients who have a very thin cornea
● No risk of corneal flap complications
● Less depth of laser treatment, compared to LASIK
Also, PRK surgery has few disadvantages that include:
● It has a longer recovery period than LASIK
● A longer time is needed for the patients to gain their full vision
● The risk for the infection after the operation is higher
● There are more temporary side effects than LASIK
Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK eye surgery can be performed for the patients who are:
● Over 18 years old
● Patients who are not pregnant during the operation
● Suffering from myopia with dioptres between -1.00 and -12.00
● Suffering from a stable refraction error – it has not changed for at least 12 months
● Patients with a complete understanding of the procedure and its results
● Patients who have a pupil that’s 6 mm or less
Also, PRK surgery is suggested for patients who are suffering from hyperopia or astigmatism as well.
For the patients who are suffering from severe myopia (dioptres over -12.00), PRK surgery is not suggested. There are other contraindications that include:
● Pregnant women
● Patients under the age of 18
● Other ocular diseases such as glaucoma, keratoconus or dry eye syndrome
● Patients with a history of side effects from steroids
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Corneal ulceration
● Corneal dystrophy type II
A couple of days before the surgery, the patients should stop wearing contact lenses. For at least 4 days before the PRK surgery, the patient should avoid toric contact lenses. For at least a week before the PRK surgery, hard gas permeable lenses should be avoided as well.
Generally, the PRK eye surgery is performed under local anesthesia, and the operation lasts for only 10-15 minutes.
To the patient's eyes, numbing eye drops are applied and to keep the patient’s eye open a medical tool is used. In order to eliminate microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea, an excimer laser is used, correcting the refractive errors properly. The practice is performed for each eye independently. Sometimes it is performed on the same day. Some of the patients choose to have the second operation for the other eye a week or two after the first operation. After the first operation, the treated eye is covered with a bandage contact lens that allows the epithelial cells to grow back again. The bandage would be removed in a couple of days.
Overnight stay is not required
The recovery period of PRK eye surgery is very short. Right after the operation, the patients can go back to work or their normal activities. After the operation, the patient’s sight would be improved, but the cornea still needs to heal itself, which means that the patient might experience blurriness.
In a week after the operation, the patient would be noticing substantial vision improvement and in around 4 weeks, the patient's sight would be at its best condition. During the recovery period, the patients should avoid touching or rubbing their eyes since it might interfere with the recovery process. During the recovery period, swimming in the ocean and doing contact sports are not recommended.
PRK eye surgery has several risks and complications that include:
● Under correction or over correction
● Recurrence of myopia
● Reduced vision in low light● A permanent increase in sensitivity to light
● Infection in the eye region
● Revision surgery
PRK eye surgery has several side effects which might involve redness around the eyes, itchiness and dryness in the eyes and temporary increased sensitivity to the light. Also, after the procedure, some patients might experience pain as well.
PRK eye surgery has a success rate between 80 to 98% However, the success rate is depended on the condition the patient is suffering from
Even after the photorefractive keratectomy or PRK eye surgery, it is possible for some of the patients to still rely on reading glasses. A month after the operation, the best possible results would be noticeable.
- Is PRK surgery painful?
No, the patients would only experience discomfort after the operation.
- Is PRK surgery safer than LASIK?
PRK surgery and LASIK are equally safe operations; the only difference between them is that PRK surgery is bladeless.
- What are the chances of developing complications from PRK surgery?
The complication rate of PRK surgery are very rare which is 1.7%.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in September, 2019.