Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) in Thailand

Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) surgery is a viable solution for individuals seeking to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism. This procedure has gained worldwide acceptance due to its reversible nature and the potential for excellent visual outcomes. Thailand is renowned for its advanced healthcare infrastructure and experienced ophthalmologists, making it an attractive destination for ICL surgery.

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$2,500 - $3,500

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$2,000 - $3,500

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

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Understanding ICL Surgery

ICL surgery involves inserting a small, biocompatible lens into the eye to correct refractive errors, providing an alternative to LASIK and PRK for those who are not suitable candidates. The Collamer lens, placed either behind the iris and in front of the natural lens, enhances the eye's focusing abilities. The procedure is reversible and the ICL can be replaced if the patient's vision changes significantly over time. However, it's important to consider that ICL surgery carries some risks, including infection, increased intraocular pressure, cataracts, and retinal detachment.

Preparing for ICL Surgery

Prior to ICL surgery, patients will undergo a comprehensive eye exam to assess overall eye health, corneal thickness, and eye dimensions. This is necessary to choose the right size and power for the implantable lens. Patients may be advised to cease wearing contact lenses for a period before this assessment and the surgery itself, to ensure accurate measurements.

ICL Surgery Procedure

ICL surgery is a brief outpatient procedure that typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes per eye. After administering topical anesthesia, the surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea to insert the lens, which is then positioned behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. The incision is self-sealing and usually requires no stitches.

ICL Surgery Recovery

After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light, but these symptoms should resolve within a few days. The majority of patients notice an improvement in their vision almost immediately. Regular postoperative check-ups are necessary to monitor the eye's response to the ICL.

The Costs of ICL Surgery

ICL surgery costs in Thailand can range from $2,500 to $3,500 per eye, depending on the specifics of the procedure and the surgeon's experience. Please note that these costs do not include additional expenses for travel and accommodation.

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Best Hospitals for Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) in Thailand

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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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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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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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 ICL surgery cost in Thailand?

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ICL surgery in Thailand typically costs between $2,500 and $3,500 per eye.

What is the recovery period for ICL surgery?

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Most patients report an immediate improvement in their vision, but full visual recovery can vary. Patients should plan for a few days to a week for recovery.

When can I fly back home after undergoing ICL surgery in Thailand?

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Most patients are generally safe to fly within a few days following ICL surgery, but it's best to consult with your surgeon for personalized advice.

How long should I plan to stay in Thailand for ICL surgery?

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Typically, a stay of around 7-10 days in Thailand is recommended. This allows time for an initial consultation, surgery, and post-operative follow-ups before travelling back home.

Is it safe to do Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) 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 Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) 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 Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) 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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