Want to find out about traveling abroad for affordable laser eye surgery? In Mexico City we have quality-checked clinics, giving you the opportunity to make substantial savings on correcting your vision, as well as the chance to spend some time in Mexico’s vibrant and fascinating Capital.
Laser eye surgery or laser vision correctness uses the help of a laser to change the shape of the outer eye, which is also called the cornea. When the shape of the eye is changed, any issues with focusing, whether near or far, can be removed. The effect is similar to wearing glasses or contact lenses, but without the hassle.
Mexico, as a country, has become one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism. There are a number of reasons for this. The procedures cost a lot less but that doesn’t mean there is any compromise on standards. There are numerous world class medical facilities, with Mexico City home to many of them - it is the Capital City, after all. There are also highly qualified doctors performing the procedures, many of whom have international professional memberships and affiliations.
The number one advantage of going to Mexico City to get laser eye surgery is how easy it is for people living in North America to get there. There are regular and cheap air flights heading out of the majority North American cities - and the best part, the medical trip can also be turned into a vacation because while offering the best clinics for laser eye surgery, Mexico City is also a popular tourist destination.
Taking precautions when flying off to another country to get a medical procedure done is advisable. There are a great many above-standard facilities, so you want to make sure you go to one of these, whose expertise, quality and credentials are measurable. This is something we at Medical Departures take seriously - only recommending those that cut the mustard. We ensure this by doing complete background checks on qualifications, professional memberships, safety standards, and criminal records, while also taking into account reviews of patients, and doing onsite clinic visits. If we’re not happy, you won’t find them on our site.
There are several different types of laser eye surgery:
LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) is the most common and is also a more recent type of procedure. This procedure can be used to cure near-sightedness and long-sightedness but is not suitable for high prescription (which is severe cases of near and long sightedness). This procedure uses the excimer laser to cut across the cornea to remove a small piece of tissue and reshape the exposed surface of the eye. Once the procedure is done, the tissue is replaced.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) has been in use for the longest time. These days it is mainly used for low prescriptions or cases of mild vision impairment. During this procedure, the cornea is reshaped without removing any tissue first.
LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is a procedure similar to the PRK, the only difference being that the surface layer or epithelium is kept as a flap over the cornea. Retaining the epithelium prevents complications post operation and helps to increase the rate of healing.
Wavefront guided LASIK is a customized form of LASIK, tailored to reduce natural irregularities and correct eye sight.
Before the surgery starts, numbing drops are placed into the eye and the area around the eye is cleaned. You will be awake during the surgery, and the numbing drops act as a sort of anesthesia for your eye; even though you are awake, you won’t be able to feel anything. The most important thing to note for this surgery is that for it to be performed successfully, you have to focus your eye on a single spot. If you are unable to fix your gaze at a single object for at least 60 seconds you might not be suitable for the surgery. Remember to discuss this with your doctor first. The surgery usually takes about 30 minutes to perform.
After the surgery, you will be given a shield to wear over the eye to protect it. You are required to visit the doctor 24 hours after the surgery. During this visit your doctor will remove your shield and test your vision. You might experience burning, itching and blurry vision for a few days after surgery. If you also feel pain, your doctor will subscribe a mild pain reliever. If any of these symptoms get worse and persist, it is necessary to visit the doctor.
Your doctor might advise you to avoid using creams and eye make up for the first one to two weeks, and keep minimum exposure to dust, sunlight and smoke. It is also advised that strenuous contact sports and swimming should be avoided for at least 2 months.
Complications and risks occur very rarely for this surgery. Some people experience dry eyes during the months following the surgery. This can be managed by using artificial tears. Other patients have experienced glares while driving at night weeks or months after the surgery. It is important to discuss with your doctor what complications they have seen during previous cases.
Laser eye surgery can be as much as 50% less in Mexico City compared to the United States.
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