Laser Eye Surgery

The Ultimate Guide to Laser Eye Surgery

State-of-the-art clinics, new techniques and saving money are some of the reasons why laser eye surgery abroad is now a popular choice.

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Most people know that laser eye surgery 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.

The treatment involves using a laser to reshape the lens (cornea) to enable the light entering the eye to be properly focused for clear vision.

Am I a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery? 

Only a trained professional 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:

  • Are you aged 18 or older? Before aged 18 your eye may still be changing and so laser eye surgery is not recommended for people younger than that. In some cases, the age limit may be 21.
  • Do you have moderate to severe nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism? Or
  • Do you have mild to moderate farsightedness, with or without astigmatism?
  • Are you willing to stop wearing contact lenses for 2-4 weeks prior to the surgery? Contact lenses can alter the shape of the cornea, affecting results.
  • Are your eyes generally healthy? eg. You don’t have any other eye conditions or diseases.

What is involved in the procedure for Laser Eye Surgery?

A ‘flap’ is created in the lens, which is folder 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 it is to create a domed shape. 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.

How long does laser eye surgery take?

It’s a really quick procedure – only around 15 minutes for each eye.

What is the recovery time?

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.

How much does laser eye surgery cost abroad?

You can save between 50 and 70% with laser eye surgery abroad. In Mexico the price of laser eye surgery can be as little as $400 per eye.

What about the quality of clinics abroad for laser eye surgery?

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 and use modern techniques and equipment. We also think patient testimonials are also important, especially to other patients, which is why we are keep to publish reviews from our patients after their experience.

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.