India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand: what do these countries have in common?
Yes, they’re all located in Asia. But the real answer is they’re all hotspots for medical tourists because their well-respected healthcare systems include scores of internationally-renowned hospitals and clinics.
When you add to the mix the significant savings, expert doctors, and exotic Asian vacations, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. And they’re all home to numerous outstanding eye care centers that provide treatments to scores of patients from overseas.
Here’s a peek at the 6 most prevalent procedures in Asia for medical tourists in need of advanced ophthalmology procedures.
Known in the profession as IOL (intraocular lens implant), this procedure involves placing an artificial lens made of synthetic material inside the eye to enhance focusing power. Lens implantation is favored in the treatment of cataracts, and the surgeon behind the renowned Thai Eye Center in Bangkok was the first to bring this technology to Thailand.
Also called corneal transplant surgery, this operation replaces the dome-shaped “window” which covers the eye and which plays a large part in your ability to focus. Malaysia’s Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital is a Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited facility whose Cornea & Refractive Surgery Centre specializes in treating keratoconus, the most common reason for corneal grafting.
Speaking of refractive surgery, LASIK is the most popular elective healthcare procedure in the world. Another fact: India’s surgeons and surgical facilities are world-class, and ophthalmology clinics there do advanced femtosecond LASIK – which corrects myopia and astigmatism – at incredible savings. On average you’ll pay US$600 for both eyes in India, as opposed to roughly US$4,500 in America.
Monsters of medical tourism: Costa Rica for dentistry, Thailand for cosmetic dermatology, and Singapore for ophthalmology. And like India, Singapore’s prices for cutting-edge LASIK procedures are affordable, and its JCI-certified National Eye Centre performs an array of pediatric and adult glaucoma surgeries like goniotomy, with exceptional success rates.
Retinal Exams and Surgeries
Yet another facility carrying JCI accreditation, Kim’s Eye Hospital in Seoul, South Korea is a facility with a whole department that’s been devoted to retinal diseases like diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and detached retinas since 1998. The retinal facility annually treats 125,000 outpatients and does 2,600 surgeries in a state-of-the-art clinic.
Comprehensive eye exams
Top eye clinics the world over provide hi-tech exams to test distance vision, ocular pressure, and visual field testing using electro-retinogram (ERG) and electro-oculogram (EOG). Taiwan’s Universal Eye Center is JCI-accredited and their surgery center performs top-notch LASIK and cataract procedures, as well as examinations of the retina, mydriasis, and refractive errors. And their website has a section outlining the “service process for international patients.”
So for people in need of any number of eye surgeries, treatments, and examinations, visiting top clinics in Asia, especially India is a serious option, for those looking to save money and enjoy some time away from home.