LASIK Surgery Package: $ 1,400 ~ 1,950 (both eyes)
India [Advanced Medical Optics & VISX certified LASIK surgeon]
Hospital Angeles, Tijuana, Mexico [25 minutes from San Diego, CA Airport]
Hospital Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica [JCI-accredited]
LASIK surgery in Mexico, Costa Rica, and India, is cheap and of high-quality. Though it might seem incredible, it is true that medical tourism can offer excellent eye treatment at the lowest possible costs.
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a procedure that permanently alters the shape of the cornea and corrects vision, thus freeing the individual from the use of glasses or contact lenses.
Laser vision correction has many advantages, but comes with certain risks, too. Also, it may not suit everyone. LASIK surgery may not be for you if you have the following conditions:
LASIK surgery takes about half an hour. You will sit back in a reclining chair and a numbing drop is put in the eye. The eyelids are held open by an instrument called a lid speculum.
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Either a mechanical microkeratome (a blade device) or a laser microkeratome is used to cut a flap in the cornea. If the former is used, the surgeon will place a ring on your eye and apply high pressure to create suction on the cornea. When this is happening, you may feel some amount of discomfort.
If a laser keratome is used, the cornea is flattened with a clear plastic plate. Your vision will dim, and you may feel some discomfort even in this method.
From here on in the procedure, you will be able to see but will have blurred vision. The flap is folded back on its hinge and the exposed tissue dried. The laser is now positioned over your eye and you will be asked to look at a light.
When you do so, and when your eye gets into the correct position, the laser is started. A controlled quantity of laser energy is directed at the cornea to remove the corneal tissue. While this is happening, you may smell an odor resembling burning hair. After the pulses of laser energy vaporize the corneal tissue, the flap is put back into position.
A shielding cover is placed on your eye at the end of the surgery as protection, so that the flap is not disturbed in any way when it is healing.
A baseline evaluation has to be done to see if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. If you wear contact lenses, you must stop wearing those, weeks before the baseline evaluation and use glasses at all times, instead. This is because contact lenses change the shape of your cornea. And unless the cornea returns to its natural shape, a precise evaluation cannot be done and this can result in negative consequences for the surgery.
Your eye doctor will give you detailed instructions on care, post-LASIK surgery. This list is only indicative.
It is important to have realistic expectations from your LASIK surgery, since the procedure is not completely risk-free..If you have severe refractive errors, LASIK surgery may not be completely successful. Also, the procedure was approved by the FDA only in 1998. There is no long-term data available. The risks of LASIK surgery include:
LASIK eye surgery has many benefits including:
Medical insurance does not cover LASIK surgery. As the entire cost of the surgery has to be borne by the patient, it can be costly. The cost of LASIK surgery in the US is about $2,000. But there are cheaper options available for LASIK surgery in India, Mexico, Costa Rica, and other standard medical tourism destinations.
Eye clinics in India, Mexico, Costa Rica, and other health tourism centers are of very high standard and patient satisfaction is ensured. You will be in the hands of skilled, experienced and qualified ophthalmologists. Hence, you can look forward to better vision and a better life.
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