Malaysia is not only a popular international tourism destination but is also a chosen one for getting cosmetic procedures done like Laser Eye Surgery. It is quite convenient and economical to combine your holiday with getting laser treatment done when visiting Malaysia.
Laser eye surgery in Malaysia equates with cutting edge technology, world class and award winning eye specialists or ophthalmologists, long history of satisfied patients, easy payment options, high standards of safety and effectiveness. You will get the choice among the best of clinics and hospitals at bargain prices. All kinds of laser eye surgery treatment options are present in Malaysia like PRK/ASA/LASEK, LASIK and ReLEx SMILE. LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is the most commonly used procedure. It is a simple outpatient procedure which takes only a half hour or less to complete. Recovery is quick and almost immediate. The procedure is usually complete for both eyes at the same sitting. The risks are minimal and rare like some visual side effects, dry eyes, over or under correction, infection etc. English is a well spoken language in Malaysia and thus one benefit of getting laser eye surgery in Malaysia is the near absence of communication barriers. From Selangor, Kuala Lumpur to Sarawak, all are centres of Laser Eye Surgery in Malaysia.
Laser eye surgery cost in Malaysia starts from US$1400 onwards which is much lower than what it costs in USA or Germany (US$3000).
Lasik surgery is one of the most popular procedures for correction vision. For problems like astigmatism, myopia, and hypermetropia, Lasik offers a near-permanent solution thereby restoring healthy vision to the suffering individual. Abbreviated from Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, LASIK is a laser-assisted eye surgery that implements microkeratomes for the improvement of visual acuity. The laser is targeted at the cornea, which is re-adjusted or reshaped so as to provide unaided vision to the candidates. Lasik treatment is very popular owing to its remarkable success rates, which is why, approximately 700,000 procedures are performed annually.
Malaysia is a great destination for surgical procedures for the eye. Many people flock to this South Asian country as this place uses modern equipment and technology to deliver good quality healthcare. The minimum cost for Laser Eye surgery in Malaysia is 1000 USD. The average cost is 2000 USD for both eyes. Some procedures can cost nearly 4000 USD for both eyes, but this depends on the patient and the equipment used for the procedure.
The common factors that usually affect any surgical procedure include the level of correction required for visual acuity, the kind of technology and equipment that will be used for the procedure, the surgical approach adopted, and the consultant cost of the surgeon who will be doing the procedure. Malaysia also uses modern equipment for LASIK surgery now.
Here are some of the top eye clinics and hospitals in Malaysia -
1. USJ Eye Specialist
2. Vista Eye Specialist
3. Excel View
5. Prof Muhaya Eye & Lasik Centre
6. KPJ Centre for Sight
Here are some of the top eye surgeons in Malaysia -
Dr. Norazlina Binti Bachik Ng
Dr. Aloysius Joseph Low
Dr. Hoh Hon Bing
Dr. Stephen Chung Soon Hee
Dr. Che Muhaya Haji Mohamad
Since Malaysia had advanced equipment for surgical procedures and the doctors also come with a lot of experience, the success rate of LASIK surgery here is very high. Most patients are satisfied with the procedure and the success rate is nearly 95%.
LASIK surgery is most commonly preferred by patients for the correction of visual defects. This surgery is specially done to modify the corneal tissue beneath the lens of the eye to focus the light in such a way that it directly reaches the retina. It is usually opted for, by people who suffer from hypermetropia or farsightedness, myopia or near-sightedness, and cylindrical lens error or astigmatism. Quite often, the performing surgeon makes and elevates a flap on the external surface, near the cornea region in order to gain access to the underlying structures and tissues of the eye. It is a very delicate process and requires efficient technology using computer-aided machines and designing. This helps to create a proper treatment plan.
Some of the commonly used equipment for LASIK surgery in Malaysia are as follows -
Ziemer FEMTO LDV Z8
EVO+ Visian ICL™
Quantel Compact Touch STS Ultrasound Biomicroscope
Malaysia has many reputed hospital groups, such as:
These hospitals are more focused on providing quality treatment and are supported by the latest medical technologies and excellent infrastructure. The Malaysian government extends large support to hospitals through boosting investments in medical infrastructure. Malaysian Hospitals, with well-trained staff and excellent facilities, are on par with well-developed countries and have shown significant improvement in the last ten years.
The hospitals in Malaysia follow the healthcare standards set by Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) and JCI. Total 12 hospitals in Malaysia have JCI certification and each of them complies with the global standards. MSQH has recently partnered with Malaysia’s Ministry of Health, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia and the Malaysian Medical Association, to work together on raising the standards of healthcare in Malaysia. The process of receiving healthcare accreditation in Malaysia is very stringent and the hospitals are strictly evaluated on quality parameters.
One of the leading medical tourism destinations in the world, Malaysia boasts of having a strong healthcare system supported by public-private healthcare collaboration and governmental participation. Malaysia has received worldwide recognition for its excellent healthcare system mainly attributed to advanced technology, modern infrastructure, and highly trained medical professionals. With world-class hospitals across Asia and beyond, Malaysia has reported high success rates in cardiology and fertility treatments. Besides providing world-class treatment, Malaysia also offers an excellent travel experience through its food, cultural diversity, and heritage spots.
The high-quality doctors in Malaysia have global exposure which makes them efficient in treating various conditions. Producing one of the finest doctors in the world, Malaysia has a strict evaluation system in place to ensure that the country has quality doctors with a high level of professionalism. Doctors in Malaysia are exceptionally good at handling IVF and cardiology cases and they have delivered excellent results in these two areas using their holistic treatment approach. Medical tourists can apply for eVisa for traveling to Malaysia to get medical treatment and reside there for a period of 30 days under the Malaysian Healthcare Travellers Program (MHTP).
Malaysia offers all medical tourists the facility of applying for eVisa for traveling to the country for treatment and reside there for a period of 30 days. eVISA remains valid for 3 months and it can be availed through online platforms. Below things are required for obtaining an eVisa:
Two attendants can accompany the patient to Malaysia under Medical Attendant Visa.
Some of the most popular treatments available in Malaysia include cosmetic surgery, dental work, vitiligo treatment, cancer care, discectomy, prostate surgery. Malaysia has effectively treated a large number of cancer patients through gene therapy which brings several benefits like reduced treatment costs, shorter treatment time, and minimal adverse effects of current chemo-drugs. Malaysia uses modern technology and follows best practices to perform Assisted Reproductive Technique procedures like IVF, which has a success rate of 55 to 60. Malaysia has also reported great achievements in orthopedic surgeries and some of the popular procedures include hip replacement, shoulder replacement, knee replacement surgery.
The cities in Malaysia that attract a large number of medical tourists are:
These cities have world-class hospitals with superior infrastructure and highly trained hospitals, all these contributing to an amazing patient experience. Both Penang and Kuala Lumpur are the centres of attraction for medical tourists as they are serviced by airlines from around the world; have a number of reasonably-priced hotel rooms and an excellent public transportation system. These cities have become leading medical tourism destinations in Malaysia due to many other factors, such as a large pool of world-class hospitals, rich heritage, scenic value, availability of translators, and safety of tourists.
A medical tourist traveling to Malaysia needs to get below vaccines:
Before a trip to Malaysia, you can get pre-exposure vaccination against rabies. Children are more vulnerable. Don’t forget to get Japanese encephalitis vaccination as is it common in Malaysia. Anyone traveling to Malaysia from a region with a high risk of Yellow Fever, he/she needs to produce International Certificate of Vaccination.
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