South Africa is becoming a favourite medical tourism destination for LASIK eye surgery and with surgical facilitators like Surgical Bliss at hand, scheduling treatment couldn't be easier.
The term LASIK stands for Laser Assisted Insitu Keratomileusis, which in layman's terms translates to the computer-controlled laser correction of a refractive error of the cornea. This technology offers new hope for sight-impaired individuals who otherwise would be completely dependent upon corrective eyewear.
LASIK surgery is a relatively simple procedure that involves the use of an instrument called a micro-keratome to fold back a thin flap from the cornea. The surgeon will then use the Excimer Laser to direct a precision laser beam onto the exposed section of the cornea in order to vaporise precise amounts of corneal tissue. This results in a change of the shape of the cornea. After treatment the flap (or 'hinge' as it is also called) is placed back into position. No sutures are required and patients receive only a topical anaesthetic, supplemented with an oral sedative prior to the operation.
It is important to note that not everyone is necessarily a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Factors that need to be taken into consideration prior to making any decisions include the age of the prospective patient, the degree of their refractive problem, as well as the thickness of their cornea. The team at Surgical Bliss recommends that individuals considering LASIK surgery undergo an ophthalmic evaluation to establish whether or not they are a good candidate before initiating the process of having surgery in Cape Town.
If the results of the initial consultation are positive, the surgical facilitators at Surgical Bliss will then establish contact between the would-be patient and the ophthalmic surgeons in Cape Town. All medical information pertaining to the procedure will be relayed to the surgeon in question and decisions made regarding surgery.
Upon arrival in Cape Town, a pre-operative visit to the ophthalmic surgeon will be arranged, usually on the day before surgery. During this visit you will undergo various tests including topographical corneal mapping; objective and subjective refractions; Intra-Ocular pressure measuring; pachimetry (measurement of corneal thickness); as well as a dilated internal retinal eye examination to ensure that you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
On the day of surgery, the surgical facilitators accompany the patient to the South African hospital of their choice. The entire LASIK eye surgery procedure takes less than 20 minutes for both eyes and most patients are able to leave the clinic within an hour or two. Upon checking out, they will be provided with clear plastic protective eye shields, as well as antibiotic eye drops to protect against infection. Most patientsí vision will be up to 95% better than their pre-operative best by the very next morning.
There is no reason to prevent you from flying home soon after your LASIK surgery. But why not enjoy the many sightseeing and leisure activities while you are in the fairest Cape. Let the surgical facilitators at Surgical Bliss put together a memorable holiday for you to enjoy before leaving our sunny shores!