Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) in India – Cost, Process, Best Doctors, and Hospitals

Posted on September 5th, 2019 by Hiba Farzin

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What is the cost of laser eye surgery (LASIK) in India?

Estimate Cost of laser eye surgery in India is around 500 – 1,500 (USD)

This variation mainly depends upon the hospital, health conditions of the patient, and procedure complexity.

If you are a foreigner, planning for eye surgery in India, having information about the best laser surgery centers and the overall expense for the treatment, including your travel and accommodation would be helpful.

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In India, laser eye surgery cost varies from center to center being as low as 100 USD per eye to as high as 1500 USD.   The exact price is determined after a thorough examination of both the eyes and analysing your health history. There are excellent laser centers with high-end technology and experienced ophthalmologists who perform a thorough evaluation before the procedure and choose the best available procedure for each patient. On the other hand, several other centers use older technology with minimal safety and quality, which is far cheaper. A good laser centre should have well-maintained lasers and expertise to deal with complications.

We would recommend you not to go after a discounted fee by compromising with technology, safety, and results.

Treatmentment Duration and Number of Days in the Hospital

Pre-surgery Evaluation1Day
Hospital Stay0 to 1 Day
Recovery Period Outside Hospital0 Days

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

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Laser eye surgery or laser vision correction is a type of surgery to correct conditions such as:

  • Myopia (Near-sightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Far-sightedness) 
  • Astigmatism 

Laser eye surgery uses laser technology to re-shape the eyes’ cornea to improve the vision. The curvature of the cornea is decreased to correct nearsightedness, or it is increased to correct farsightedness. In patients having astigmatism, the curvature is corrected by removing a small amount of corneal tissue.

Major forms of laser procedures

LASIK (Laser in-situ Keratomileusis)

In LASIK, the laser is applied inside the cornea. A small incision is created at the front portion of the cornea with a micromechanical device or a special laser system called a femtosecond laser. The flap is then lifted, and a computerised excimer laser is applied on the cornea to mould it to the desired shape. 

Laser Surface Ablation or PRK(Photo-Refractive Keratectomy) 

In laser surface ablation or PRK, the laser is applied on the surface of the cornea, without creating any flap or cut. The computer-controlled excimer laser is then applied to the cornea to reshape it. A contact lens is placed over the cornea for comfort and protection while healing. The outer layer of the cornea will regenerate within 3 to 4 days, and then the contact lens can be removed. 

What are the different Laser Eye Surgery Procedures?

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Excimer laser

femtosecond-laser

Femtosecond laser

There are two categories of laser devices:

  1. Excimer laser – the one that does LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis) procedure
  2. Femtosecond laser – one that does the blade-less part of the procedure

A combination of both may or may not be available at some centres. These equipment offer a range of laser procedures that can be applicable to patients accordingly. The following are different laser surgery procedures:

  • Wavefront LASIK
  • Contoura LASIK
  • PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy)
  • Femto bladeless LASIK
  • Relex Smile

However, which of these procedures is applicable to your eyes is to be decided through proper evaluation of your eyes. So instead of focusing simply on the cost of the LASIK procedure, we would recommend you concentrate on the prior-procedure evaluation of your eyes. 

What is the importance of the Preliminary Evaluation of Eye?

A complete eye examination is mandatory to determine whether you are the right candidate for the laser procedure. Your refractive error is measured, and your eyes are evaluated from front to back. A computerised topography of your cornea is performed to determine its shape, size, and thickness. This helps to choose the most suitable procedure for your eye.

The data that is taken as input to the laser machine is the most crucial factor which determines the success of your treatment. And this data comes from the evaluation. It includes tests like: 

  • Topography
  • Dry eye test
  • Pupil size in dim light
  • wavefront analysis etc 

It is always better to get the assessment done by a qualified and experienced ophthalmologist. So pay attention to the factors like:

  • Who is performing the evaluation
  • What all tests are being done
  • What technology is being employed etc

Before committing to laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery may not be suitable for all patients. The following factors may prevent one from being a good candidate for laser eye surgery:

  • Changes in contact lenses or glasses prescription in  the past years
  • Diabetes
  • Taking medications that may have an effect on wound healing
  • History of eye diseases such as glaucoma, eye inflammation or herpes infection.  
  • History of eye injury or eye surgery

When you consider laser eye surgery, you should make sure that your doctor is aware of any medical conditions you have, as they can contribute to an undesirable outcome.
Though you are a good candidate, laser surgery can have complications such as:

  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare vision
  • Starburst vision
  • Double vision 

These symptoms are usually mild and temporary. In some patients, vision may not be completely corrected by the procedure. They may require an additional procedure for attaining the desired result. Also, there are chances that the corrected vision may not be lasting and it might get worse over time.

After laser eye surgery, some patients may still need eyeglasses to perform tasks like reading and working on computers, even if they didn’t use them before the procedure.

Get your eye measurements taken before the surgery and keep them filed with other medical documents. This will be helpful in case you need cataract surgery in the future to calculate the power of the implant lens.

Feel free to discuss with your eye doctor, the risks and benefits involved in your procedure, and the alternate options you have before deciding to have the surgery. Tell your doctor what you expect to gain from the surgery.

Important: 

  • Ask for the LASER manufacturer’s Patient information booklet from your doctor and read it thoroughly to be informed of all potential risks and benefits of your procedure.
  • Before signing the consent form, read it carefully, and clarify anything you don’t understand.

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Preparations for the surgery

  • If you are using contact lenses, it should be removed at least three days before the procedure. Sometimes it might be necessary to remove them up to 1 or 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • Avoid eye makeup at least from the day before the procedure.

The procedure of laser eye surgery

  • During the laser eye surgery, you will be made to lie down and look up at the laser system positioned above your face.
  • Anaesthetic drops will be used to make you comfortable during the procedure.
  • An eyelid spreader will be inserted between your eyelids to prevent the closing of the eyes.
  • You will be asked to look at a blinking green light.
  • When it’s time to start the laser, you will be informed, and then you will have to look continuously at the blinking light.
  • In case if your eye moves, the laser will follow your eye and will stop if the eye moves out of its range.
  • Again when you look at the light, the laser resumes from exactly where it stopped.  
  • This procedure takes around 5 minutes for each eye.

 After laser eye surgery

Usually, patients can get back to their normal activities after 2 to 3 days of the operation. 90-95% of vision will be back by the very next day of the surgery, and it keeps improving over the first week. You may need to keep sunglasses when you go out for a week after the surgery. You will have to use lubrication drops as needed for a few weeks.

After Laser Surface Ablation patients may experience light sensitivity, burning, blurry vision and tearing for a few days, but they should be able to do activities like driving and working on a computer within a week after the surgery. However, the vision will be much more comfortable after two weeks and keeps improving gradually to reach its peak within a period of 3 to 4 months.

Guidelines:

  • Avoid rubbing your eye for a month.
  • Avoid direct water contact or splashing to the eyes for a week.
  • Avoid washing your face or showering as much as possible for a week.
  • Avoid swimming for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup for at least three weeks.
  • Use anti-inflammatory drops and antibiotics as per the doctor’s prescription.
  • Use lubrication drops frequently for a few weeks.
  • Please follow your doctor’s instructions.

Some patients may occasionally experience symptoms like foreign body sensation, blurry vision, and visual fluctuations during reading and working on computers due to dry eyes. Lubrication drops help to manage these symptoms until the eye gets better. In rare cases, some patients may need a special enhancement procedure to relieve these symptoms. As per the average from clinical data, this occurs only in 2 to 3% of the patients. 97% of the patients will be free from spectacles with a vision error of less than 0.5 diopters. The visual results after surgery are considered stable after a period of 6 months to 1 year.

Best hospitals for laser eye surgery in India

  1. Malabar Super-specialty Eye Hospital 
  2. Medanta – The Medicity
  3. Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital 
  4. Manipal Hospital 
  5. Apollo Hospitals
  6. Shroff Eye Center 
  7. Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre
  8. Fortis Hospitals
  9. Eye Q Hospital, Gurgaon
  10. Bharti Eye Hospital, New Delhi

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Best doctors for laser eye surgery in India

  1. Dr. Deependra V Singh
  2. Dr. Noshir Shroff
  3. Dr Sudipto Pakrasi
  4. Dr Meher Kothari
  5. Dr. Viswanathan P
  6. Dr. Sanjay Chaudhary
  7. Dr. Sanjay Dhawan
  8. Dr. Dariel Mathur

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