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Laser Eye Surgery in Bangkok

The Ultimate Guide to Laser Eye Surgery in Bangkok

Save thousands on restoring your vision with laser eye surgery in Bangkok. Using laser surgery to correct eyesight has become increasingly popular, with different techniques used to correct myopia (short sight), hypermetropia (long sight) and astigmatism allowing people to dispense with their glasses.

What is laser eye surgery?

The treatments use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea (the lens) – the transparent, dome-shaped layer covering the front on the eye – to allow light entering the eye to be properly focused for clear vision.

Am I a suitable candidate?

You will need a thorough eye examination to make sure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure to be performed. The best candidates usually have adequate corneal thickness and mild to moderate myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. You may need a precautionary treatment to reduce your susceptibility of developing dry eyes after treatment.

What are the benefits of having laser eye surgery in Bangkok?

Laser eye surgery is expensive for many people in Western nations, including Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, UK and Eire. Traveling to Bangkok can save patients, literally, thousands – even with the costs of flights and accommodation.

Bangkok’s facilities and doctors are first-rate. Hospitals and clinics are modern, and equipped with the same state-of-the-art technologies you’d find at home and doctors are just as skilled, with expertise that is on a par with their counterparts anywhere else in the world. There's also a good number of JCI-accredited facilities - one of the gold standards of good quality healthcare. It is little wonder that Bangkok is a premier medical tourist destination – and has been for some time.

We would always advocate that you do find out all you can about your medical condition, and any possible treatments, so you are able to choose a surgeon who is experienced in dealing with your particular problem. Once you know all about your condition and treatment options, you are then in a position to find an appropriate surgeon, and to ensure their credentials are right for you.

Searching the Medical Departures website will enable you to find exactly the right specialist, and to check-out their qualifications and professional memberships, patient reviews and clinic facilities – all in the same place. We verify all the information we list, as well as making personal visits to clinics and hospitals, so you are always assured of reliability when you book with us.

The actual procedure for laser eye surgery is quick and recovery time may be as little as a few days, which gives you plenty of time to see and enjoy the sights of Bangkok after your treatment. We probably don’t need to tell you that Bangkok is a great city to visit, with varied attractions to inspire most visitors. Like any city it is busy, and traffic is heavy, but it is perfectly safe to walk around and stumble across all sorts of interesting things while soaking up the culture of Thailand.

What does the treatment involve?

If you wear contact lenses you will be advised to stop wearing them for a period of time before your treatment (usually two weeks), as they can alter the natural shape of your cornea.

The treatment involves your surgeon creating a ‘flap’ in the cornea, which is folded back to access the underlying tissue, some of which is removed with the laser to reshape it so it accurately focuses light to improve your vision.

For near-sighted vision correction the aim is to flatten the cornea, whereas for far-sighted vision correction a more domed shape is preferred. In astigmatism the laser can change an uneven cornea into a smoother shape.

When the reshaping is complete the flap is put back into place and the cornea allowed to heal. There are no stitches or bandages involved – just the application of topical anesthetic drops.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure is very quick – only around 15 minutes per eye.

What is the recovery time?

The recovery time may be a few days to several weeks before vision is completely stable.

Immediately after surgery you may feel an itching or burning sensation, which is temporary. You should also expect blurred vision, so do arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment. The clarity of your vision should start to improve the day after surgery and will continue to improve over the following days or weeks. For some people, vision is improved immediately, but for some people it takes weeks.

You will be able to return to work the next day, although it is probably better if you have a few days off and to refrain from doing anything strenuous that may traumatize the eye and be counter-productive to healing. Be careful not to rub your eyes, as you may dislodge the flap.

What results can I expect?

The results are usually excellent, with most people’s visual acuity restored to 20/20 vision.

What is the cost of laser eye surgery in Bangkok compared to Australia or New Zealand?

Average costs per eye for laser eye surgery in Thailand are AUD $2,000, compared to AUD $4,000 in Australia.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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