PRK Surgery in Thailand

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an effective type of refractive eye surgery used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, an eye surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea, improving the eye's ability to focus light on the retina. Many people seeking PRK eye surgery consider Thailand due to its advanced medical technology, experienced surgeons, and attractive pricing.

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$1,300 - $1,800

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$1,100 - $1,600

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 PRK

PRK is an excellent alternative for those who are not suitable candidates for LASIK. It's often recommended for individuals with thin corneas, as it doesn't involve creating a corneal flap. Instead, the surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) and then uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. PRK can lead to sharper vision, but recovery is typically longer and more uncomfortable compared to LASIK. As with any surgery, patients must understand the potential risks and complications and discuss these with the 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 PRK

Before undergoing PRK in Thailand, a comprehensive eye examination will be conducted to ensure your eyes are suitable for the procedure. You may be asked to stop wearing contact lenses for several weeks before the examination and the surgery to avoid alterations in the cornea's shape. It's also crucial to provide your surgeon with a thorough medical history, including any current medications.

The Procedure and Recovery

In PRK surgery, the surgeon removes the epithelium and then reshapes the cornea using an excimer laser, which emits a cool ultraviolet light. After the reshaping process, a soft contact lens is placed on the eye to act as a bandage and help the epithelium regenerate.

Recovery after PRK surgery tends to be lengthier than after LASIK. It usually takes a few days to a week for the epithelium to regenerate, during which time your eye may feel uncomfortable or gritty. Vision generally starts to improve within a week but can take several weeks or even months to stabilize fully. Patients are advised to follow the surgeon's aftercare instructions, including using prescribed eye drops to aid healing and prevent infection.

The Costs of PRK

The cost of PRK surgery in Thailand typically ranges from $1,300 to $1,800 per eye. However, prices can fluctuate based on the medical facility, the surgeon's experience, and the exact technology used. Remember that these costs do not account for travel and accommodation expenses.

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Best Hospitals for PRK 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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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 PRK cost in Thailand?

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The cost of PRK in Thailand typically ranges from $1,300 to $1,800 per eye.

How long does it take to recover from PRK?

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Recovery time varies by individual. While the epithelium generally regenerates within a few days to a week, full visual recovery can take several weeks or even months.

When can I fly after having PRK surgery in Thailand?

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You should be able to fly a few days after PRK. However, always confirm this with your surgeon before making travel plans.

What is the stay duration for PRK surgery in Thailand?

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While PRK doesn't require hospitalization, it's advisable to plan a stay of at least 7 to 10 days in Thailand for the pre-operative consultation, surgery, and post-operative follow-ups.

Is it safe to do PRK 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 PRK Surgery in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers PRK 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 PRK 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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