Corneal Transplant in Thailand

Corneal transplant, also known as keratoplasty, involves replacing a damaged or diseased cornea with healthy donor tissue. The procedure can restore vision, alleviate pain, and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea. Thailand, a leading destination for medical tourism, is home to top-notch healthcare facilities offering corneal transplants at affordable prices.

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$2,500 - $3,500

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$3,000 - $5,000


$3,000 - $5,000

Please note that the prices provided are estimations and may vary based on various factors. Additionally, these prices do not include flights or accommodation.

All prices are in USD.

Understanding Corneal Transplant

A corneal transplant is performed when the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye, becomes clouded, preventing light from properly entering the eye and leading to distorted vision. The procedure is recommended for conditions such as keratoconus, corneal ulcers, or scarring from infections or injuries. It's crucial for patients to understand that although the surgery has high success rates, the recovery process requires time and careful management to ensure the best possible outcome.

Preparing for Corneal Transplant

Preparation for a corneal transplant involves a thorough eye examination, including a review of your medical history and any current medications. It's essential to discuss any health concerns with your ophthalmologist, as they could impact the outcome of the surgery. Regular use of artificial tears may be recommended to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.

Corneal Transplant Procedure

During the corneal transplant, your surgeon will remove the central portion of the clouded cornea and replace it with the donor cornea. This is often performed under local anesthesia with sedation, although general anesthesia may be used in some cases. The procedure typically takes about one to two hours.

Corneal Transplant Recovery

Recovery from a corneal transplant requires careful post-operative care. This includes regular use of prescribed eye drops to prevent rejection and control eye pressure. Patients should expect to limit activities such as lifting heavy objects and driving for a few weeks after the procedure. Vision improvement is typically gradual and may take up to a year to reach its best level.

The Costs of Corneal Transplant

In Thailand, the cost for a corneal transplant can range from $2,500 to $3,500. Please note that these costs do not include travel and accommodation expenses, and can vary based on the medical facility and any additional treatments or procedures required.

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Best Hospitals for Corneal Transplant in Thailand

MedPark Hospital
MedPark Hospital

MedPark Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that opened in 2020. With a spacious 90,000 square meter building and over 30 departments, the hospital is equipped to handle a wide range of patient needs. It has 550 beds for inpatients and 300 examination rooms, all outfitted with advanced medical equipment to provide the highest quality of care.

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Rutnin Eye Hospital
Rutnin Eye Hospital

Rutnin Eye Hospital in Bangkok is a leading center for ophthalmology in Asia, renowned for its advanced technology and highly skilled medical team. It offers comprehensive eye care services, including complex procedures and surgeries. Its commitment to patient safety, quality care, and innovation makes it a top choice for eye health needs.

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Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad was founded in 1980 and is Southeast Asia's largest private hospital. It is one of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations, treating over 1.1 million patients annually of which many are overseas patients. Bumrungrad was the first hospital in Asia to receive JCI accreditation and has since received awards from numerous other agencies for its medical services.

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Bangpakok 9 International Hospital
Bangpakok 9 International Hospital

Bangpakok 9 International Hospitals is one of the leading private hospitals in Thailand and is ranked in the top 10 best hospitals in Thailand. Equipped with the newest medical equipment, staffed with an expert team of doctors, and with multiple international accreditations, this hospital guarantees a high standard of medical care for local and international patients.

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Common Questions

How much does a corneal transplant cost in Thailand?

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A corneal transplant in Thailand typically costs between $2,500 and $3,500.

How long is the recovery period after a corneal transplant?

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It typically takes a few weeks to several months to recover from a corneal transplant. However, it can take up to a year or longer for vision to fully stabilize.

When can I fly after having a corneal transplant in Thailand?

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You should be able to fly approximately one week after surgery, but this can vary based on individual healing rates and doctor recommendations.

How long should I plan to stay in Thailand for a corneal transplant?

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Generally, it is recommended to plan for a stay of 1 to 2 weeks in Thailand when undergoing a corneal transplant. This allows time for preoperative assessments, the procedure, and a postoperative follow-up.

Is it safe to do Corneal Transplant in Thailand?

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Thailand has some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world, with highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art technology. These facilities are accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International, ensuring that they meet global healthcare standards.

Konkai only works with accredited facilities to ensure that our clients receive safe, effective, and reliable medical care. We have done extensive research and vetting to ensure that the hospitals and clinics we work with provide the highest quality of care and meet the same standards as medical facilities in developed countries. We prioritize your well-being and only recommend medical facilities that we would trust to provide care to our own loved ones.

Does my insurance cover Corneal Transplant in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers Corneal Transplant in Thailand or not depends on the individual policy. Some policies cover the procedure, while others may not. It's important to check with your insurance provider to find out if Corneal Transplant is covered and if there are any restrictions or limitations on coverage for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

Some policies may require pre-authorization or pre-approval for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

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