Lasik Eye Surgery

Overview of Procedure | Common Complications | Report an Incident


Overview

What is Lasik Eye Surgery?

Lasik, also known as laser eye surgery, is a method of reshaping the cornea (the clear outer part of the eye) in order to improve the patient’s eyesight. The goal is to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?

India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico, Turkey, Costa Rica.

What is the range of prices (for both eyes)?

In the U.S., one can expect to spend around $4,000 for the procedure.

In the U.K, it can be as little as $1,500, though the average is closer to $4,700.

$1,800 to $5,200 in Australia,

$2,500 in Costa Rica,

$2,000 to $3,800 in Singapore,

$2,000 to $3,400 in Malaysia,

$1,900 to $2,500 in Mexico,

$1,600 to $2,300 in Thailand,

$1,200 to $1,700 in Turkey,

$700 to $1,000 in India.


Complications

What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?

When performed in an ideal setting, serious complications from Lasik surgery are rare,

but even then they can happen. These include dry eyes, under- or overcorrections, double vision or other reduction in clarity, problems with the flap made in the cornea at the beginning of the surgery, and vision loss.

However, all of the above problems can be more common and more serious if the surgery took place in a less than ideal location, such as an overseas facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.

Horror story

A New York Times story from 2018 described several patients suffering a number of rare but very serious complications from Lasik surgery. These include severe persistent eye pain, distortion, and multiple vision. A number of such people have commited suicide in recent years after repeatedly failing to correct the original botched operation.