A procedure that, literally, only takes minutes to perform, laser eye surgery in Thailand is becoming a popular choice for patients looking to improve their eyesight. As a destination that is not only proven for the standard of its healthcare facilities, Thailand also offers a range of both exciting and idyllic locations to rest, relax and recuperate after surgery.
From the vibrancy of the Capital City, to the relative peace of Chiang Mai, and to all manner of natural wonders and stunning coastlines, Thailand is as full-on or as laid-back as you want it to be, and is the perfect destination for both their holiday and their surgery.
Laser eye surgery can be used for a number of conditions, including short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hypermetropia) and astigmatism (where the lens is distorted and causes blurred vision), but you will need to have a diagnosis from a trained eye professional to be certain the treatment will work for you.
You will also have to be over 18 and willing to stop wearing contact lenses for 2-4 weeks before the surgery as they can affect the shape of your cornea (lens), which will have a knock-on effect on the outcome of the treatment.
Thanks to new technology, laser eye surgery is a more than reasonable option for correcting various vision problems, and Thailand’s clinics have embraced the newest technology and techniques, positioning it as a world-renowned center of excellence in terms of medical tourism.
Many patients traveling to Thailand for medical care are astounded by the facilities, which are usually a cut-above what is available at home. The Thais’ operate a service culture that is among the best in the world, paying particular attention to customer service and managing systems where efficiency and organization are the order-of-the-day.
Some of Thailand’s biggest and most-renowned hospitals have received international investment, are staffed by doctors who are trained at top facilities overseas, including the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia, and are internationally accredited by the Joint Commission International.
Medical Departures ensures all of its doctors are thoroughly screened, and we assess qualifications, professional memberships and legal/criminal records to confirm their reliability. Our website details this information, as well as providing patient reviews and clinic photos, so all of our patients can make an informed decision about their choice of doctor.
Compared to other surgical procedures that patients elect to have abroad, laser eye surgery is one of the quickest, with the least amount of down time. Some people are reported as having an immediate change in their vision, and most certainly within a few days. Apart from having to put in eyedrops daily, and to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays with decent sunglasses for a week or two there are very few side-effects once the blurred vision has subsided. So, if you have come to Thailand to have a holiday then you can begin to enjoy it to the full very soon after your treatment.
You will be given instructions prior to your procedure about things you must refrain from, eg. Wearing contact lenses for a couple of weeks before, and not to use creams or lotions for 24 hours before the treatment.
The procedure will only take around 10 minutes for each eye. Anesthetic drops will first be placed into your eye and the area cleaned. Your eyelids will be held open with a special instrument. A suction ring will be placed on your eye to grip the cornea, which may feel a little uncomfortable, and a special instrument will cut a flap into your cornea (lens). The ring will then be removed and you will be asked to fix your gaze at a light while the laser removes your corneal tissue, guided by computer and based on the evaluations made by your ophthalmologist. After the surgery is completed, the corneal flap will be put back into place and you will wear protection over it so you don’t accidentally dislodge the flap.
After the procedure you may have an itching or burning sensation in your eye and it may be watery and your vision blurred. However, the symptoms should improve greatly in the following few days.
There are a number of different kinds of laser eye surgery and prices will differ, but average costs per eye for laser eye surgery in Thailand are AUD $2,000 (US $1,300, CAD $1,800, £900 GBP, €1,200), compared to AUD $4,000 (US $2,600, CAD $3,600, £1,800 GBP, €2,400) in Australia.
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