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Laser Eye Surgery in Tijuana

The Ultimate Guide to Laser Eye Surgery in Tijuana

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Am I suitable for laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery can treat short-sight (myopia), long-sight (hypermetropia) and distorted lenses that cause blurred vision (astigmatism). However, you will need to see a trained eye professional to have a confirmed diagnosis, and to ensure the treatment will work for you.

You must also be aged over 18, and because contact lenses affect the shape of the eye lens (cornea), you must be prepared not to wear contact lenses for between 2 and 4 weeks prior to the treatment.

Why have Laser Eye Surgery in Tijuana?

If you’re looking for a more affordable option for laser eye surgery, Tijuana may well fit the bill. With two international airports nearby (Tijuana and San Diego) it is accessible for international patients and Tijuana is close enough to drive to for patients who live in the southern United States. This is a huge bonus for these patients, where a short trip over the US-Mexico border can save them thousands of dollars.

Tijuana is popular for day-trippers from the US, and has all the facilities and amenities you need for a good day out, or a day or two’s stopover. Due to the proximity of the US, and cheaper prices, medical tourism is on the increase, and there are excellent clinics and facilities springing up to meet demand.

Long gone are the days when Mexico can be considered backwards in terms of healthcare. Doctors who treat international patients tend to be well-qualified and trained. In fact, a great deal do train in the US. They speak excellent English and the clinic facilities are every bit as modern and high-tech as any you’d find at home. In fact, some are actually better. Hygiene and safety standards are good, and likely to be based on international standards.

However, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t do some research of your own. Find out all you can about your procedure, as well as researching doctors and clinics/hospitals. It always pays to check and double check – especially when it comes to something as important as your sight.

At Medical Departures we also do our research. We visit clinics personally – we want to make sure we would be just as happy to go there as to send you there. We also perform legal and criminal records checks, verify doctor qualifications, registrations and memberships and check out patient testimonials. This information you can find freely on our website with virtual video tours and high definition clinic photos, giving you the opportunity to decide for yourself with all the facts at your fingertips.

What is involved in the procedure for Laser Eye Surgery in Tijuana?

Before treatment you will be given instructions about things you mustn’t do beforehand – i.e. wearing contact lenses, or creams for 24 hours.

Each eye only takes 10 minutes to be treated. First the eye is cleaned and anesthetic drops applied. The eyelid will be held open and a suction ring placed over the eye to grip the cornea. It may feel a little uncomfortable. A flap will be cut into the cornea and the ring removed. Based on evaluations made by your ophthalmologist and guided by a computer, a laser will remove the corneal tissue, after which the flap that was made initially will be put back and allowed to heal. You will have to protect the eye so as not to dislodge the flap.

What is the recovery time from laser eye surgery?

Your vision may be blurred, your eye watery and you may experience a burning or itching sensation. This will ease greatly after a few days. Your vision will start to improve the day after surgery and continue to get better over the coming weeks. Some people experience better vision immediately, but for others it could be some weeks.

You can return to work the next day, although it is probably better to have at least a few days off so as not to accidentally traumatize the eye.

Once the eye has fully healed you can expect to have 20/20 vision.

What is the comparison of laser eye surgery in Tijuana, compared to the United States and Canada?

Prices differ and there different types of laser eye surgery but the average costs in Tijuana are $1,500 per eye, compared to $3,000 per eye in the United States.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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