LASIK Surgery in Thailand

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular eye surgery that corrects vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This surgical procedure uses a laser to reshape the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, to improve vision. Many people seeking LASIK eye surgery consider Thailand due to its blend of top-quality healthcare services, experienced surgeons, and affordable prices.

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$1,500 - $2,000

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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 LASIK

Lasik surgery involves reshaping the cornea to correct vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, using a precise laser.

The surgery involves creating a thin flap in the cornea, reshaping the underlying corneal tissue with a laser, and then repositioning the flap. The procedure, which is typically painless and completed within 15 minutes, has a high success rate.

As with any surgical procedure, Lasik carries potential risks and complications, including dry eyes, temporary vision disturbances, and in rare cases, under or over-correction of vision. However, the risk of severe complications is low when performed by a skilled surgeon.

Comparing options

Treatment Description Recovery Time Advantages Disadvantages Price Range (USD)
LASIK Uses a laser to create a flap in the cornea before reshaping it. Few days to a week Quick recovery, minimal discomfort Potential flap-related complications $1,500 - $2,000
PRK Removes the outer layer of the cornea entirely before reshaping. 1-2 weeks Suitable for thin corneas, no flap-related issues Longer recovery, more discomfort initially $1,300 - $1,800
ReLEx SMILE Makes a small incision to remove corneal tissue, no flap created. Few days to a week Minimally invasive, less risk of dry eyes, good for high myopia Less suitable for low prescriptions, newer technology $2,000 - $3,000

Preparing for LASIK

Before undergoing LASIK in Thailand, you'll need to have a comprehensive eye examination to ensure your eyes are healthy and that you're a good candidate for the procedure. This examination can be performed in your home country or in Thailand.

You will be asked to stop wearing contact lenses at least a few weeks before the examination and the surgery as they can change the shape of your cornea. It's also essential to share your complete medical history with the surgeon, including any medications you're currently taking.

The Procedure and Recovery

During LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea is then carefully reshaped using an excimer laser, and the flap is put back in place. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, and you will be awake during the entire process.

Post-surgery, patients may experience a temporary burning sensation or discomfort in the eye. Vision generally improves within a day or two, but it may take several weeks to stabilize completely. Patients are advised to rest, avoid strenuous activities, and use prescribed eye drops to aid in healing and prevent infection.

The Costs of LASIK

The cost of LASIK surgery in Thailand is typically between $1,500 to $2,000 for both eyes. Please note that these costs can vary depending on the hospital, the surgeon's expertise, and the specific technology used. It's important to remember that these costs do not include travel and accommodation expenses.

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Best Hospitals for LASIK Surgery in Thailand

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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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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Praram 9 Hospital
Praram 9 Hospital

Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok stands as a premier medical facility, known for its state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated team of professionals. Offering a wide range of medical services, it is particularly recognized for its excellence in specialized treatments and surgeries. With a focus on patient-centered care, it remains a top choice for both locals and international patients

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Common Questions

How much does LASIK cost in Thailand?

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The cost of LASIK in Thailand is typically between $1,500 to $2,000 for both eyes.

How long does it take to recover from LASIK?

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While most people notice an improvement in their vision within a day or two, it can take several weeks for your vision to stabilize completely.

When can I fly after having LASIK surgery in Thailand?

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Generally, it's safe to fly a few days after LASIK. However, it's always best to consult with your surgeon before making travel arrangements.

What is the stay duration for LASIK surgery in Thailand?

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The procedure does not require a hospital stay. However, it is recommended to stay in Thailand for at least a week for pre-operative consultation, the surgery itself, and a post-operative check-up.

What are the long-term success rates of LASIK surgery?

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LASIK surgery boasts high satisfaction, with up to 96% of patients achieving their desired vision correction. It offers a quick recovery and the potential for 20/20 vision, surpassing alternatives like PRK or lens implants in recovery speed and efficacy. Success varies by individual factors.

Is it safe to do LASIK Surgery 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 LASIK Surgery in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers LASIK Surgery 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 LASIK Surgery 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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