LASIK Surgery in Iran

(IRAN)
  • Operation Duration
  • 20-30 minutes
  • Hospitalization
  • No
  • Anesthesia
  • local
  • Recovery
  • 1-2 days
  • Time to Result
  • 5-7 days

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LASIK is a relatively new method of refractive surgery through which the problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism of the eye are eliminated by using laser light. Wearing glasses and contact lenses restricts many activities such as photography, reading, swimming, and exercising; so, by doing LASIK surgery, you can have a new taste of life.

What Is LASIK Surgery?

The cornea and lens of the eye direct the light into the eye and focus it on the retina. Through that, you can see a clear image of what you are observing. However, if the cornea and lens are damaged, the eye can no longer focus properly and you will have blurred vision. Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a kind of eye surgery specifically developed to minimize the blurry vision. This surgery is performed to eliminate refractive errors such as astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia), and farsightedness (hyperopia). In this surgical procedure, the ophthalmologist uses excimer laser to make necessary corrections to the cornea. After performing LASIK surgery, the patient no longer needs to wear glasses or contact lenses. 

Why Iran for Laser Eye Surgery?

As one of the main hubs of eye surgery in the world, Iran has many knowledgeable and experienced ophthalmologists as well as the most advanced and precise laser devices. Moreover, Iran has the most modern and facilitated eye clinics where you can benefit from all kinds of eye care services under one roof. That being the case, many patients from all over the globe prefer to do LASIK surgery in Iran.  

Cost of LASIK Surgery in Iran

The cost of LASIK surgery in Iran is mainly depended on the type of device used in the surgery and the experience of the doctor. On an average, the cost of laser eye surgery in Iran ranges between $800 to $1,800. This price includes anesthesia, surgeon’s fee, follow-up medications, doctor’s visit, and clinic’s services such as post-op optometric examinations and 3D imaging.

Types of Refractive Surgery 

Today, there are different types of refractive surgeries, the most common of which are LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis), LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis), and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Depending your eye number, specific condition of the eye, corneal thickness, and corneal curvature, the eye surgeon decides which method of refractive surgery is suitable for you. 

  • LASIK: in this method, a circular flap is created on the cornea’s surface by a laser device and then, the corneal tissue is reshaped. LASIK cannot correct lazy eye and glaucoma, but it is proper for patients with stable eye number.
  • PRK: in PRK method, the doctor removes the corneal epithelium (the outermost layer of the cornea) instead of creating a corneal flap. It takes three to four days for corneal’ epithelial to grow back and meanwhile, the patient experiences moderate pain and blurred vision. This method is suitable for the ones who may have eye damage in their daily activities, for example, athletes, policemen, firemen, miners, etc.;
  • LASEK: this type of eye surgery is the combination of both LASIK and PRK and is more suitable for people with a very thin cornea. 

Types of LASIK Surgery in Iran

In Iran, two types of LASIK surgery are practiced: standard and custom. In the following, these two methods are introduced briefly.

Standard LASIK

This method, which is also known as traditional LASIK and conventional LASIK, was first invented in 1990s and has been successful until now. This surgery is totally safe and is suitable for people who have lower order aberrations such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as well as normal pupil size. The only shortcoming of this method is that, in some cases, the patient may still experience some visual errors after the surgery. 

Custom LASIK

In this method, the optical aberration is first detected by a laser device and then, the eye’s deficiency is eliminated by using an advanced and customized surgical device. This surgery is suitable for patients who suffer from either lower order aberrations or higher order aberrations as well as the ones with large pupil size. By performing custom LASIK surgery, the patient’s vision will be %100 corrected and he/she will not experience any serious complication. However, this method is not suitable for all patients; people with small pupil sizes, severe astigmatism, and severe myopia are not proper candidates for this surgery.  

Best Candidates for Laser Eye Surgery

For undergoing laser eye surgery, you need to have the following features:

  • You must be between the age of 18 and 40;
  • You should not be pregnant or breastfeeding because it may change the measured refraction of the eye;
  • Your eyes should be healthy. If you have eye infection, keratoconus, glaucoma, cataract, chronic eye dryness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, you should reconsider performing laser eye surgery;
  • Your eye number should be stable for at least a year;
  • You should have a moderate refraction in order to achieve the best result from LASIK surgery;
  • You shouldn’t have serious health problems such as rheumatism or type 1 diabetes;
  • The size of your pupils must be normal. If your pupils are too large, you may face some vision deficiency after the surgery; 
  • The thickness of your cornea should be enough for creating flap. So, if your cornea is too thin, laser aye surgery is not suitable for you; and
  • Your eye number must be less than 10.

Best Ophthalmologist for LASIK Surgery in Iran

Although LASIK is a common refractive surgery, it is delicate and should be done by the hands of an accurate and experienced ophthalmologists. Fortunately, Iran has numerus skilled ophthalmologists who are expert in diagnosing the disease as well as treating them. Iranian eye surgeons have all graduated from top medical schools and universities in Iran and around the globe and can enhance your blurred vision in the blink of an eye.

How to Prepare for Laser Eye Surgery

Before laser eye surgery:

  • Have a consulting session with your eye doctor and ask him/her about the procedure of your surgery;
  • Provide a complete medical history and perform necessary eye examination. This may include tests to measure corneal thickness, severity of refraction, and eye pressure;
  • Your surgeon may provide a map from your cornea and dilate your pupil before the surgery;
  • Stop wearing contact lenses from a week before the surgery;
  • Have a light meal on the day of the surgery;
  • Do not have caffeinated and alcoholic drinks before the operation;
  • Do not wear makeup, perfume, or hair accessories on the day of the LASIK surgery;
  • Do not use moisturizers, lotion, and products containing alcohol;
  • Take a shower a day before the surgery and wash your eyelids with a gentle face wash right before the operation;
  • Reduce screen time the night before the surgery;
  • Ask someone to be your caregiver for a couple of days; and
  • Get UV400 sunglasses because they block UV rays for %100.

Procedure of LASIK Surgery in Iran

LASIK is an outpatient surgery and the only anesthetic used in this operation is an eye drop that numbs the surface of the eye. Since during the laser eye surgery the eyes get wet, a special ring is placed around the eyelid to prevent eye movement. During the operation you will be asked to look directly at a point of red light. 

Then, the surgeon removes your corneal flap and reshapes the cornea. After that, the surgeon returns the flap to its original position. The flap attaches to its desired place without sutures. At last, a bandage contact lens (BCL) is placed on the cornea to protect it from edema, dry eye, and friction. 

LASIK Eye Surgery Aftercare Instructions

Immediately after LASIK surgery, you will be discharged from the hospital and you can rest at home. Since you don’t have a good vision right after the operation, ask someone to drive you home. 

For a couple of days after laser eye surgery, your eyes will be dry and irritated. At this time, you have to take eye drops to prevent infection, inflammation, and to keep your eyes moist. You may feel a slight burning sensation when using them but that is normal. Your eyes will probably heal very quickly and your vision gets better within a few days; meanwhile, consider the following aftercares: 

  • Visit your eye doctor a day after the surgery to get your eyes checked;
  • Take the prescribed medications according to the instructions;
  • Do not rub your eyes;
  • Do not use cosmetics around the eyes for up to two weeks;
  • When sleeping, make sure that you do not apply pressure on your eyes;
  • Do not wash your face or bathe for up to three days;
  • Wear sunglasses even at home and while watching TV or using cellphone;
  • Do not lift objects heavier than two kilograms;
  • Avoid swimming and using Jacuzzi for a month after the surgery; and
  • Protect your eyes from dust, bright light, and pollution.

Possible Complications of Laser Eye Surgery

Although laser eye surgery is not painful, you may experience some complications after the operation. Some of these side effects may persist for several weeks but most of them disappear a few days after the surgery. 

  • Dry eye syndrome (DES);
  • Sensitivity to light;
  • Diplopia;
  • Having a bad vision at night for a few days to a few weeks after the surgery;
  • Overcorrection and under-correction which may cause focusing problem in people with myopic; 
  • Inflammation and infection; and
  • Irreversible vision loss. In rare cases, errors during the surgery (such as laser device’s malfunction) or postoperative complications (such as inflammation) may cause irreversible damage to the eye, including permanent blindness or reduction in vision. 

Advantages of Laser Eye Surgery 

Laser eye surgery, as one of the most popular methods of refractive surgery, has numerous benefits such as:

  • Rapid vision recovery;
  • Everlasting improvement in eyesight;
  • Having almost no pain; 
  • Having no stitches;
  • Having low complication rate;
  • You don’t need to wear glasses and contact lenses anymore;
  • In case of having blurry vision after a few years, the doctor can recorrect it; and
  • You don’t need to take medication long after the surgery.

Disadvantages of LASIK Surgery

In addition to all its advantages, LASIK surgery also has its own disadvantages that make some people hesitate about it. Some of these demerits include:

  • A small number of patients will have their blurry vision return after a few years;
  • Sometimes during the surgery, corneal damage may occur that is irreparable;
  • In some cases, dry eye syndrome or fear of light (photophobia) may occur;
  • It is a rather expensive surgery and some insurances do not cover the cost of it;
  • Some patients will have double vision after the operation; and
  • For certain exceptional cases, after the surgery, the quality of vision is decreased during the night.

FAQs about LASIK Eye Surgery in Iran

1) How long does LASIK surgery take in Iran?

Depending on your eye number and the amount of correction required, the surgery usually takes less than 10 minutes for each eye. However, you should be in the eye clinic for about 1/5 hour on your day of the surgery.

2) Is LASIK surgery painful?

Basically, LASIK surgery is not painful because before the operation, your eye is numbed with anesthetic eye drops. You may feel a slight pressure around your eyes during the laser operation which is temporary. After the surgery also, you apply some eye drops to reduce dryness in your eyes and to minimize the discomfort caused by itching and tearing. 

3) How long after LASIK surgery can I see?

Depending on your eye number and type of your cornea, it takes a day to a week for your vision to come back. Most patients resume their daily activities from one to two days after surgery, but it may take one to two months for your vision to fully stabilize.

4) How soon after LASIK surgery can I drive?

Usually, the patients can drive two days after LASIK surgery but, it is recommended not to drive until your vision is completely clear.

5) Is it possible to operate both eyes in one session of LASIK surgery?

Yes. Usually, both eyes are treated in one surgical session but in some cases, the surgeon waits several days to several weeks for the results of the other eye to be determined.

6) How long should I stay in Iran after LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is an outpatient operation and you will be discharged from the hospital right after the surgery. However, it is suggested to rest at home or hotel for a couple of days before going back home since your eyes may be irritated and itchy for some days.  

Itinerary


Day 1

Arrival at IKA, transfer to the hotel and check in. Take a short break and head to the clinic to visit the doctor (if is needed). Go to the restaurant and have dinner with Raadina Health team.

Day 2

Move to the hospital for vision screening and get ready for the surgery. Discharge from the hospital on the same day, return to the hotel to rest and take prescribed medications, meet the doctor in the afternoon for post-operative checkup, return to hotel and rest.

Day 3

Rest in the hotel. Go to visit the doctor to receive the necessary post-surgical recommendations. Go on a city tour if you prefer, return to the hotel and rest.

Day 4

Rest in the hotel, follow the recommendations and take medication. Go on a city tour if you prefer.

Day 5

Rest in the hotel, move to the clinic to visit the doctor and get permission to return to your country.

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