High demand for LASIK eye surgery in the global medical tourism industry

High demand for LASIK eye surgery in the global medical tourism industry

LASIK, or laser eye surgery is rapidly becoming the preferred method for correcting refractive errors such as astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, and other vision problems. It can reduce patients' dependence on prescription contact lenses and eyeglasses.

Lasik surgery uses lasers to repair the cornea by re-shaping it which allows the light to seamlessly reach the retina, improving human vision. This minimally invasive procedure, which takes around 30 to 45 minutes to perform, offers advantages like quicker recovery, reduced discomfort, and cost savings.

LASIK surgeries reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses throughout one's life, making them a highly sought-after solution. 

The increasing prevalence of myopia and the advancements in minimally invasive technologies are driving the acceptance of corrective eye surgeries.

Developing regions are expected to play a pivotal role in their market expansion. While the cost of LASIK surgery may seem high, LASIK can be a cost-effective solution over time considering the long-term savings on glasses, contact lenses, and other vision-correction-related expenses.

A LASIK procedure can cost over $4500 in the US as opposed to India where one needs to pay only about $600 for both eyes. Recently, the new SILK (Smooth Incision Lenticule Keratomileusis) procedure that uses the next-generation laser vision correction solution was launched in India. 

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. A host of factors including age and existing health conditions need to be checked before going ahead with the procedure. Talk to an eye surgeon before making the decision.



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