LASIK treatments are surgical procedures which aim to restore full sight to people who suffer from near and far-sightedness, as well as those who have astigmatism. These procedures are highly sought after across the world, as it solves eyesight problems for at least 10 years (some even longer). These surgeries are (and should be) done by highly skilled optical surgeons with state-of-the-art equipment, involving computers and low-wattage lasers, which have to be used with great precision. This is why the cost of these treatments has to be somewhat high. The cost is, then, what influences people to search for LASIK solutions outside of their own borders, because, as we will see, prices vary from one country to another, significantly.
As we’ve said, LASIK procedures are surgeries on the eye which reshape the cornea so that the problems of near- and far-sightedness can be alleviated. There are multiple types of LASIK surgeries available in the world: LASIK Surgery, Epi LASIK Surgery, PRK Surgery, Wavefront LASIK, and LASIK Monovision. All of them have the same starting premise, but the means of achieving the goal are different. Some things, like computer and laser use to create a 3D image of the cornea in order to determine the amount of cornea that has to be reshaped are the same in all procedures. It is the actual method of cutting the cornea and the eye tissue that surrounds it that differs in these procedures. One method uses a microkeratome, while another might use a laser, to reach the cornea. Wavefront LASIK is a method where each approach is personalized, as each eye constructs images differently. These are just some differences.
What they all have in common are the low complication rates and the fact that the whole procedure is over in 30 minutes. While the eye will need to heal and adjust itself in the following weeks, it is not necessary for the patient to stay in the clinic and the majority of the recovery is done at home.
The prices of LASIK surgeries vary greatly across the world. The reasons for this are, of course, different overhead costs in different countries, but also some other things, like the cost of R&D of the machines used, or at least the cost of obtaining them. When it all adds up, you get the prices which vary in different countries. This is also a good thing, as it allows people to travel for these procedures and save money.
On average, the cost of an Eye/LASIK surgery across the world is $2,398. For people living in the developed countries, this is not a lot of money to get their perfect eyesight back. For those that are not from there, they may look at the cheaper options, as the prices start at just $38 for a glaucoma surgery in India. The cheapest proper LASIK surgery can be found in Egypt, for just $203. The most expensive eye care procedure listed on our website is the strabismus correction surgery in Israel, which costs $13,345. The most expensive LASIK procedure is in the UK, and it costs $5,211.
Turkish surgeons have been preparing and honing their skills for a long time now. They took full advantage of their ties to the EU to go abroad and learn new skills and techniques. Then, they decided to apply those newly learned skills and techniques in their own country, where they could charge less, and still live a comfortable life. The average price of an Eye/LASIK Care Procedure in Turkey is $2,169. The cheapest LASIK surgery can be found in Izmir, for $579. On the other hand, the most expensive such procedure is the vitrectomy, which costs $6,986 per eye.
India is already a power-house when it comes to medical services, not only because they have a large number of doctors, but also because their doctors are bent on learning as much as they could and then applying that knowledge in practice. It is no different with LASIK procedures and India is one of the more favored destinations exactly because people know that the Indian doctors will do their best to help them. The average price for an Eye/LASIK procedure in India is $915. The cheapest procedure is just $38 for a glaucoma surgery, while the most expensive is a form of LASIK surgery, which costs $2,644. India is the place where it is possibly the cheapest to get an eye surgery.
Mexico appears as a popular destination for just about every field of medicine, as it is the closest to the US and it offers all the procedures available in the US at much lower prices. The same goes for the Eye/LASIK Care procedures, as the costs of opening and running a clinic in Mexico are far lower. The average price for an Eye/LASIK procedure in Mexico is $2,403. The cheapest treatment that can be found is the glaucoma surgery at $750, while the most expensive is the vitrectomy procedure, which costs $5,375 per eye.
Italy has always had a penchant for providing quality medical services to the patients both from Italy and from abroad. People from all over the world flock to this country for various treatments and procedures, and there’s no difference when it comes to the ocular procedures. The Eye/LASIK surgeries in Italy cost on average $3,903. This shows that the Italians value the quality of their procedures. The least expensive is cataract surgery, which costs $1,400, while the most expensive procedure to be found in Italy is the vitrectomy which costs $12,500.
Panama is another destination popular with US citizens who seek to solve their eyesight problems. Panama has a bit of an advantage over Mexico when it comes to prices, although the differences are really not that large. The average price for an Eye/LASIK procedure in Panama is $2,783. The least expensive treatment that you can get here is a LASIK surgery for $625, while the most expensive is for a FemtoLASIK package which costs $3,800.
As much as the price of a treatment may be the deciding factor when choosing where to go for a LASIK procedure or an eye care procedure, we would like to remind you that price is not everything when it comes to these procedures. As we have said at the beginning, these procedures require highly skilled personnel to operate the instruments required for these procedures. Simply, one small error, and the results can be completely the opposite. This is why it is much more important to choose an eye clinic and a surgeon who know what they are doing. To this end, you should ask around for testimonials, check the doctor’s qualifications and certificates, and see the facilities, which is much more than just looking at the price. We have prepared a set of questions that you need to ask a doctor before agreeing to a procedure, as well as a list of what you should know before choosing a clinic, which you are free to peruse.
If you have any questions about Eye/LASIK procedures, or you wish to know more about individual doctors, or different clinics, feel free to contact us. You can also get a FREE quote for any of the procedures offered on our website.