Last fact-checked: 24 February 2020
With state-of-the-art clinics, expert ophthalmologists delivering the latest techniques and the chance to make substantial savings, going abroad for laser eye surgery has never been more popular.
Find out how you can take advantage of more affordable treatment at our quality-checked facilities around the world and pay the best prices online with Medical Departures.
Most people know that laser eye surgery (or LASIK) is used to correct short-sight (myopia), but it less well-known that it can be used for long-sight (hypermetropia) and astigmatism – a condition where the cornea or lens isn’t perfectly shaped, causing blurred or distorted vision. Most people who wear glasses have some degree of astigmatism.
Laser eye treatment involves using a laser to reshape the lens (cornea) to enable the light entering the eye to be properly focused for clear vision.
Only a trained ophthalmologist will be able to tell you if you are a suitable candidate. Generally, there are some conditions you will have to meet, but if you can answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions you may be suitable:
A "flap" is created in the lens, which is folded back so the underlying tissue can be accessed. The laser is used to remove some of this tissue and it is reshaped so that it focuses light more accurately, thus improving vision.
The actual correction will be slightly different, depending on your particular vision problem. If you are near-sighted, the aim is to flatten the cornea, but for far-sight patients, a dome shape needs to be created. For astigmatism, the aim is to create a smoother shape.
Once the reshaping is complete, the flap will be put back and allowed to heal. There are no stitches or bandages, but you will be given anesthetic drops to apply.
It’s normally a very quick procedure – only around 15 minutes for each eye. However, do factor in more time at your clinic of choice before and after the procedure.
Your vision may be blurred immediately after the surgery, and you may experience temporary burning or itching, which will gradually improve over the following days. You should have someone drive you home after the procedure.
It’s best to have a few days off work, although some people return to work the following day. Some people’s vision improves immediately, but for others, it is a gradual process over a few weeks.
You will need to take things easy and not do anything that may traumatize the eyes, and refrain from rubbing in case you dislodge the flap.
You can save between 50 and 70% with laser eye surgery abroad. For example, in Mexico, the price of laser eye surgery can be as little as $400 per eye, which is around 60% less than in the US.
[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]
There are some excellent clinics across the world providing laser eye surgery treatments, but you want to make sure that you choose a reliable one.
The choice can be quite overwhelming, which is why, at Medical Departures, we pre-screen our doctors, looking into legal and criminal records, checking qualifications and professional memberships, as well as visiting clinics to make sure they are safe, hygienic, follow industry standards and use modern techniques and equipment. We also take patient testimonials seriously, which is why we publish reviews from our patients after their experience - good or bad.
Choose to have your laser eye surgery with a trustworthy provider and you will be overjoyed with the results and having 20/20 vision restored. Get started by browsing our full clinic listings in popular medical tourism destinations like Mexico, Thailand and Turkey.
Look forward to savings of up to 70& with medical Departures by booking your appointment directly through our site or via our Customer Care Team who can provide 24-hour assistance.
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LASIK Eye Surgery. Mayo Clinic. November 2019.
International Organization for Standardization. Website accessed: 24 February 2020.