Last fact-checked: 25 October 2019
Fed up with having to wear glasses or put in contact lenses every day? Then you're probably aware of the corrective procedures available, and one of the best and most affordable options is laser eye surgery in Mexico, particularly if you're based in the US or Canada.
Millions of people travel to Mexico each year to vacation, and a growing number are now coming to take advantage of the low-priced medical and dental care. Laser eye surgery takes only minutes to do but will transform your life immeasurably. Patients will find Mexico particularly convenient, notably if they would prefer not to stay too long. For some, just driving over the border for their treatment and then back again is all that is required.
Mexico is, of course, a renowned tourist destination, and there are ample places to holiday in should you wish to make a vacation of it. From the east coast resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen to the west coast’s Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, and the array of interesting towns, cities and picturesque countryside in between, there is something for almost everyone.
New technology means that laser eye surgery is now suitable for correcting a number of vision problems, including myopia (short sight), hypermetropia (long sight) and astigmatism (where the lens is distorted).
In Mexico, you will find the country’s medical facilities have embraced new technologies and techniques, and have clinicians with the relevant expertise and training, to offer patients not only excellent medical care, but also at prices that are a mere snip compared to the prices at home.
While price is important, anyone who is traveling overseas for medical treatment obviously wants to make sure they visit a reliable, proven and trustworthy doctor – and this is doubly true when it comes to your eyes.
We recommend you do a little research into your condition, and also into the clinics and doctors whom you have shortlisted for your treatment. Booking an appointment through Medical Departures will ensure you receive your care from a doctor who has already been pre-screened by us, which should give you a certain amount of reassurance.
Our checks include legal and criminal records, qualifications and professional memberships of doctors and real patient reviews. We also make it our business to visit clinics, and as well as examining their facilities we also take high-definition photos for our website so that patients can get a picture for themselves.
To get started, take a look at Fernando Rodríguez Sixtos, our top-rated partner clinic in Mexico for laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery is a really quick procedure, with very little downtime. You should be able to return to your normal everyday activities straight after your treatment.
Each eye takes approximately 10 minutes. Before the laser is used, anesthetic drops will be placed in your eye and the area thoroughly cleaned. A suction ring will be placed on the eye to keep the lens (cornea) in place – it may feel a little uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful. A flap is cut into the lens and the ring removed. The laser, guided by computer, then removes the corneal tissue according to the calculations specified by your ophthalmologist. When this is complete, the flap will be put back in place with a protective covering in case it is dislodged.
You may experience discomfort after the procedure, including an itching or burning feeling. Your vision may be blurred and your eye watery for a few days. However, these sensations should dissipate over the next few days, and your vision should be much improved.
Prices vary as there are a number of different types of laser eye surgery. However, the average price in Mexico is around $1,500 per eye, compared to $3,000 per eye in the United States.
[Please note these are approximate average prices at the time of writing.]
Discover more about the range of options available at our quality-checked clinics in Mexico.
Ready to book? See below for ways to arrange an appointment or, if you’d like to know more about laser eye surgery in Mexico, then speak to our Customer Care Team for free.
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