Ophthalmological problems are remarkably common in the world’s population. According to a recent World Health Organization report, an estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment while the remaining are blind.
As stated by recent estimates, the major global causes of moderate to severe vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors, un-operated cataract, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Who Is At Risk?
According to recent reports, 81% of all people who are blind or have moderate to severe vision impairment are around 50 years old and above. With an increasing population of older people, more people will be at risk of vision impairment due to chronic eye diseases.
An estimated 19 million children have vision impaired. Of these, 12 million children have a vision impairment due to refractive error.
In the past, people with chronic ophthalmological problems used to live with such inconvenience for their whole life. However, medical technology is getting more and more developed nowadays. People who suffer from such impairment can now have a chance to live a better life. Nearly every ophthalmological injury now finds a treatment with surgery.
Average Global Cost for Specific Procedures
The cost for ophthalmological treatment varies depending on where the procedures are carried out. However, here are the possible prices for the most popular treatment:
- Cataract surgery with IOL $1050 – $6500
- LASIK eye surgery $600 – $2700
- Corneal transplant $3490 – $15000
- Laser eye surgery $1190 – $4050
- Vitrectomy $910 – $5810
- Laser trabeculoplasty from $120
- Laser iridotomy from $90
- Lasek eye surgery $1190 – $2700
- Relex smile eye surgery $2100 – $3480
Even though eye surgery usually takes about 1 – 2 hours each, depending on the procedures, routine check-ups are necesary in order to maintain the post-surgery conditions.
If you opt for treatment abroad, you are possibly required to fly back to your destination multiple times for check-ups, adding to costs. Moreover, if there is any complication with treatment, this could be a major issue.
Therefore, you should carefully consider the location of your ophthalmological surgery. You would not want too much extra fees adding up to your budget.
Most refractive eye surgeries are outpatient procedures. Many of them are completed within an hour or two – but that doesn’t mean they are simple and just anyone can do them. You should have ophthalmologic surgeries and procedures performed only by certified specialists. They can produce evidence of excellent training and experience.
Therefore, be sure to look carefully at any eye specialist’s qualification. Don’t be afraid to ask for information on your potential doctor’s record of accomplishment. Choose an eye doctor who has proven his or her ability, and ask for statistics on your particular procedure.
Your doctor has responsibilities and so do you. Make sure you plan wisely and follow your instructions to the letter. For example, your doctor may advise you to stop wearing your contact lenses for a week or two prior to a cataract surgery – you will want to know that in advance of an expensive trip!
Continuity of care is important to all medical travelers and eye patients are no exception.
Your local ophthalmologist needs full information about your travel plans and necessaries so that both your overseas doctor and your local specialist can attend to your follow-up care.
Be sure to return home with all medical records in hand, including consultations, x-rays, prescriptions and directions for post-treatment care. Your hometown specialist will be much more comfortable providing treatment with a fully detailed road map to follow.
Regardless the treatment you had overseas, you willl need to schedule regular post-procedure visits to your hometown eye specialist after your return.
Visual acuity often worsens over time, and conditions such as glaucoma can creep up silently, without symptoms. Preserve your vision – and your investment – and regular visits to your ophthalmologist.
If you want to get ophthalmological treatment abroad, please contact with us – Go.Care – to get the best and fastest consultation and scheduled appointment.
1. World Health Organization, Global Data on Visual Impairments 2010, 2012
https://www.who.int/blindness/GLOBALDATAFINALforweb.pdf. Accessed on August 3, 2018
2. Medical Tourism in Eye Surgery
http://www.medhalt.com/procedure/ocular-surgery-eye-surgery/3. Accessed on August 3, 2018
3. Ophthalmology Procedure
https://patientsbeyondborders.com/procedure/ophthalmology. Accessed on August 3, 2018