Getting lasik in istanbul is a viable option for many patients who are tired of wearing contact lenses and glasses everyday. The procedure saves patients from paying for contact lenses and glasses year after year and offers a better quality of life.
Many people take advantage of these facts and get their laser eye treatment in Turkey. Why shouldn’t you ?
So what is a laser eye treatment ?
All laser eye surgeries are usually generalised referred as ”lasik” however there are many different laser eye treatment techniques with different names. Even lasik surgery has different types.
Laser Eye treatment in general is a method applied to patients with refractive problems with their eyes such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism in order to get them rid of their glasses and lenses. The treatment is applied to cornea (the transparent part of the eye on the outermost layer).
Who can have laser eye treatment ?
Patients with no change of their eye prescription for the past year. Meaning your glasses,contact lenses has to have the same values for the past 12 months.
Patients who are above 18 years of age
Patients who do not have any other diseases related to their eyes.
A corneal topography (map of your cornea) with normal values.
Patients who do not have systematic diseases such as diabetes and rheumatism
Patients with sufficiently thick corneas (Usually over 500 microns thickness)
Why should you choose to get lasik in istanbul ?
*Fair prices compared to Europe and the States
*Experienced doctors and medical staff, owing to decent prices medical staff actually work more than their collegues from abroad.
*Enjoy istanbul !
*Modern medical facilities
*Inexpensive flights to istanbul
As you can see getting your lasik in istanbul is a great choice for many patients for good reasons.
Every year more people decide to get their treatment done in worlds medical tourism center istanbul !
Who can’t have laser treatment ?
Patients with extreme eye dryness.
Unsupervised diabetes patients
Patients with rheumatic diseases (collagen tissue diseases)
Keratoconus patients (patients with thin and pointy corneas)
Patients with cataract problems
How to find out if you are eligible for laser eye surgery ?
There are many important tests to find out if you are an eligible canditate for laser eye surgery.
First step is getting a corneal map (a corneal topography)
Afterwards Pachymetry measurement is made. Corneal thickness is measured with pachymetry.
The final inspection is personalised wave front examination
With these measurements, and examination by the doctor a suitable laser treatment method will be recommended.
You don’t have to get the examination done here. We advice getting your corneal topographpy and other examinations done in your country and just send us the results online.
Subsequently we will consult with you regarding your lasik in istanbul
What to do before your laser eye treatment ?
If you use contact lenses, you need to remove your soft lenses 1 week and your hard lenses 2 weeks before the treatment. You should switch to glasses. Don’t wear any make up before surgery.
For further instructions spesific to your case or any questions feel free to contact us anytime.
What laser eye treatment methods are there ?
There are many laser treatment methods used for patients with refraction problems.
Such as PRK, iLasik, Smile
The most appropriate method is determined and applied according to the needs of the patient.
Are there any reservations about laser treatments?
In laser treatments, the laser beam operates only on the cornea, that is, the outermost layer of the eye.
It does not enter the eye and is harmless.
No blindness is seen after laser.
As of today LASIK has been applied in the world for nearly 35 years.
Its reliability and quality in human health has been approved by independent and official bodies (FDA) in the world.
Do I have to wear eye glasses/contact lenses again ?
With specialised treatment for each patient this is rarely an issue.
How do iLasik Treatments work ?
Intralase Lasik Excimer Laser is used to treat visual defects such as myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism in refractive surgery.
Lasik in istanbul sounds great but How does it work ?
Measurement of visual Dynamics and examination
Like the fingerprint, the structure of the cornea (the transparent part of the eye) differs from person to person. First, A 3D map of visual defects is detected with the aid of a wavefront analysis so your treatment will be tailored spesifically for your needs. After the necessary tests with wavefront, pachmetry and examination. Your treatment can start. This is standard procedure for every laser eye surgery in istanbul.
Superficial treatment (No Touch Laser – PRK-LASEK)
With the PRK technique, corneal epithelium, which is the foremost transparent layer of the eye is removed with diluted alcohol .Epithelial tissue heals itself in 3-5 days. Laser is applied afterwards to the cornea.This is the first generation of laser eye treatment. Epithelial tissue heals itself in 4-5 days Recovery takes longer and it is not as comfortable as ilasik or relex smile method. It is not used very often nowadays due to longer healing time and not being one of the latest methods. However in some cases your doctor might recommend you this method if there are no other methods available for you.
İLasik (Femto Lasik) Surgery with a corneal flap
The doctor will numb your eyes with eye drops.
The eye area is wiped and covered with sterilized drape.
To prevent any blinking, the eyelids are opened with a tool called “Blepharostat”.
Preparation of a thin flap on the cornea (with knife or laser depending on the treatment choice)
The flap is opened like a door. A new shape is given to the cornea by applying a laser.
Your doctor will close the flap. No stitches necessary.
Antibiotic drops will be applied to the eye.
Blepharostat is removed and the process is terminated.
Femtosecond laser technology, has the following features:
– Surgery is fast
– Thanks to femto laser, creation and preservation of corneal flap is easier and safer.
– It is possible to correct astigmatism.
– Treatment can be possible for people with thinner corneas
-Combined with wave front analysis ilasik (femto lasik) is seen as the most advanced lasik method.
Personal Excimer Laser treatment
The treatment with Intralase Lasik, which has decades of history, is defined as the 2th generation of refractive surgery due to its innovative features. This method is also known as the appropriate treatment method for astronauts and fighter pilots by NASA and the United States Army. It conveys the highest level of visual acuity.
With Intralase(femto lasik), the corneal flap is made completely computerized laser and without the use of a knife.
What are the differences between Lasik and Intra Lasik(Femto Lasik) methods?
Lasik method is performed with an automatic blade called microceratome The Intralase Lasik method on the other hand is performed with a femtosecond laser, corneal flap is made with femto second laser, the treatment is completely tailored for the eye structure of the person. The creation of corneal flap operation is performed in 30 seconds is descended to Intralase Lasik for 10 seconds. Lasik is done very rarely if there is a femto lasik machine is available and the patient is eligible for the operation
Why Intra Lasik? (iLasik)
The operation is safer with precision laser. Patients with thinner cornea can be treated. It can be applied to patients with higher vision defects. Astigmatic correction is provided. Complications risk is very low.
For what other diseases is this treatment used?
Intralase femtosecond laser is also used in cerathoplasty and preparation for rings used in ceratoconus treatment.
What is Relex Smile(Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) Technique ?
ReLEx SMILE; As the third generation of laser therapy, ReLEx SMILE is a method used for myopia (up to -10) and astigmatism (up to -5) without usage of knife its painless, closed system (without tissue lifting). After the treatment, the patient can resume his/her life in a short time.
With smile technique, the cornea tissue is not cut and there is no need for a flap.
Your doctor will apply Femtosecond laser to the cornea to create a disc-like tissue layer inside the cornea.
The created disc is taken out of a small laser incision.
This technique is particularly advantageous for patients who are likely to be exposed to mechanical trauma, such as athletes, firefighters, police and soldiers, as this causes less weakening of the corneas mechanical strength.
LASIK requires a larger opening (a flap) so that the excimer laser can reshape the underlying cornea. The SMILE method requires only a very small opening (often less than 4 mm) to remove the lenticule(layer of tissue crated under the cornea with laser)
With SMILE procedure, the surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a small, piece of tissue (lenticule) under the cornea. Then a small arc-shaped incision is made in the surface of the cornea with the same laser and the surgeon extracts the lens through this incision. Afterwards tiny lenticule is removed by the surgeon, the shape of the cornea changes this improves the way light rays are directed onto the retina which corrects patients eyesight. The corneal incision heals within a few days without any sutures and sharp vision reappears very quickly.
SMILE is an approved method by the FDA for the treatment of myopia.T he procedure usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
How does it work?
Your doctor will program the laser with specific measurements for your eye.
Eyes are numbed with eye drops.
Your eye surgeon will place an eyelid lock (Blepharostat) on your eye to keep you from blinking.
·A suction ring lifts and flattens the cornea and prevents the eye from moving.
The laser forms a disc-shaped piece of cornea under the surface of your cornea. This is the “lenticule” that gives the operation its name.( Small Incision Lenticule Extraction)
The laser then makes a small incision to your cornea. This gives your surgeon access to the laser-formed lenticule. The entire laser treatment takes about 30 seconds.
Your surgeon removes the disc-shaped piece of cornea through the incision. This reshapes your cornea correcting the eye-sight
Advantages of SMILE
SMILE is a new refractive surgery. Its the latest generation of laser eye surgeries.
No corneal flap is necessary with SMILE. Therefore, in contrast to LASIK, there is zero risk regarding corneal flap problems.
Doctor will remove lenticule through a very small incision. Due to minimal intervention on the surface of the cornea, dryness of the eye occurs less frequently, fewer corneal nerves are affected owing to usage of a small incision instead of a bigger corneal flap.
The small SMILE incision can also allow the cornea to show more biomechanical stability after the procedure.
What makes a good Relex SMILE candidate?
If you have an active lifestyle or profession, SMILE may be a better option for you than LASIK or similar procedures. This is because SMILE does not require a flap like LASIK. If you are very active, you could accidentally move this flap, which can cause problems.(a very rare problem)
For a SMILE treatment, you have to meet certain requirements. Some of them are:
You should be of legal age.(18 or above)
Your visual acuity should not have changed in the last year
You should have a nearsightedness sphere of the following values: -0.50 to -10.00 diopters, cylinders: 0 to 5.00 diopters
Your cornea’s general eye health must be fine
You have to have realistic expectations from the method.
What happens after lasik in istanbul ?
You don’t need bandages after the procedure.Only protective glasses are worn.
Eye check is 30 minutes after the operation. After this check, You are free to go.
It is normal to have burning, stinging, itching sensation along with watering eyes and light sensitivity for the initial 3-4 hours after the operation.
Clear vision is possible 3 – 4 hours after iLASIK for Relex Smile 6-7 hours.
It is okay to start driving when you have clear vision. You need to ask your doctor again for a final confirmation. This can vary depending on the patient.
To conclude the treatment your eye check are on the next day at the clinic and 1,3 months later in your country.
Eye drops with antibiotics and cortisone are used for 1 week. It is recommended to use artificial tears for 3 – 6 months.
Why should you choose us for lasik in istanbul ?
*We have years of experience with foreign patients from all over the world!
*You will have 24/7 assistance during your stay
*We offer tailored treatment packages. You can combine your laser eye treatment in Turkey with some of your other needs such as dental care, hair transplantation and such.
*We work with Turkeys leading eye hospital ”Dünya Göz Hastanesi” Dünya Göz Hastanesi has all necessary international certificates
*Our doctors speak perfect English!
Lasik istanbul Treatment Packages
*Treatment for both eyes
*2 Nights of Hotel stay
You can check out our prices here
How book your appointment
One week or two weeks before the desired date is good enough. Just let us know before buying your flight tickets to istanbul so we can make an appointment for you.
How long do I have to stay in istanbul for laser eye surgery ?
For Femto Lasik and Relex Smile we recommend 3 nights 4 days. For PRK you need to stay at least 5 nights 6 days.
Do you have more questions about lasik in istanbul or want to find out if you are eligible ?
Check out other available treatments if you wish to combine your lasik in istanbul with any other treatments.
Feel free to contact us or check out the following sites for more information about laser eye surgeries.