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.
The average cost for LASIK surgery in Thailand starts at around 3000 USD. This is the general cost for a surgical procedure for both eyes. The minimum cost for LASIK surgery is 1500 USD, for both eyes. The actual cost might differ for every patient. It will depend on the surgical procedure, consultant, and various other factors.
The surgical procedure that one opts for is a major factor that plays a deciding role in the entire cost of the treatment. Some of the factors that generally influence the cost are 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.
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Most surgeons come with experience. The surgery for the eye is a very delicate process and requires experience. Here are some of the top surgeons for LASIK surgery in Thailand -
Since Thailand is an affordable country for surgical procedures, many patients visit this country for treatment. Therefore, the facilities are ever-evolving. LASIK surgery has very minimal complications. Less than 1% of patients face serious complications. Therefore, the success rate of LASIK surgery in Thailand is very high.
LASIK Surgery is one of the most common methods for the correction of vision defects. These are the commonly used approaches -
LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis)
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 hyper - metropia or far - sightedness, 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 (CAD - CAM). This helps to create a proper treatment plan.
Photorefractive keratectomy or PRK
PRK is a surgical procedure that is done using laser technology to reshape the cornea region of the eye. The PRK procedure helps in the correction of the eye only in the corneal layer. It is suitable for people who suffer from hypermetropia or far - sightedness, myopia or near - sightedness, and cylindrical lens error or astigmatism. Like LASIK, PRK also uses computer-aided machine and designing (CAD - CAM) to create a proper treatment plan.
LASEK or laser epithelial keratomileusis
This procedure is nearly similar to that of PRK. The surgeon elevates a flap near the cornea region by elevating a flap near the epithelial cell layer. A laser is then used to modify the corneal shape and then a soft contact lens is secured in its place. After healing, the vision can be corrected. It is suitable for people who suffer from hyper - metropia or far - sightedness, myopia or near-sightedness and cylindrical lens error or astigmatism.
ALK or automated lamellar keratoplasty
ALK is usually preferred for near-sightedness or myopia. The surgeon elevates a flap near the cornea region by elevating a flap to gain access to the underlying structures and tissues of the eye. A laser is not used in this procedure. After healing, the vision can be corrected.
RLE or refractive lens exchange
It is also known as CLE or clear lens extraction. It can be referred to as RLR, that is, refractive lens replacement.
RLE or refractive lens exchange is a correction procedure which is done especially for patients requiring surgery for correcting cataract. The operating surgeon makes a minute incision to take out the natural lens of the eye from the edge of the cornea and replaces it with a silicone lens or any other biocompatible lens. It is also suitable for people suffering from severe myopia or hypermetropia. This procedure can be used to treat thin corneas, dryness in the eyes, and other minor eye problems. Some procedures can even be used to correct astigmatism.
The EpiLasik procedure is very similar to PRK. The doctor elevates a thin layer of the cornea and then modifies it. The layer can be removed from there, partially modified, or replaced with a biocompatible material. The doctor completes the procedure by applying a soft contact lens to protect the area until it can fully heal.
PRELEX (presbyopic lens exchange)
Once the natural lens of the eye loses its flexibility, the condition is then referred to as presbyopia. People suffering from presbyopia have difficulty focusing on nearby objects. PRELEX is a procedure where the surgeon implants a multifocal lens to improve the flexibility of the lens of the eye and restore the focus.
Intacs can be referred to as intracorneal ring segments (ICR). In this method, the doctor makes a minute incision in the cornea. Two crescent-shaped plastic rings are placed near the external edge of the cornea to make it flat. The flattened cornea allows for light rays to be adjusted in such a way, that it directly focuses on the retina. ICR has been replaced in most places by procedures using lasers to treat mild cases of nearsightedness.
Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants
For some patients who are not eligible for PRK and LASIK, Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants are used. In this method, the surgeon inserts an implant through a very small incision at the edge of the cornea that attaches to the iris behind the pupil. The eye’s natural lens is not removed.
AK (astigmatic keratotomy)
AK is a surgical procedure that corrects astigmatism or cylindrical visual defect without the use of a laser. People with astigmatism have corneas that have expanded spherically. The surgical procedure involves making modifications at the most prominent points in the cornea. After making these incisions, the cornea becomes more flexible and attains a rounded shape. This surgery can be performed as a single surgery on its own or in association with other surgeries.
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