Vision correction is one of the most utilized operations and procedures in the world. Korean vision correction clinics are known for the world-class care and effectiveness that they provide as well as the low cost. If you are considering vision correction, it’s a good idea to read up on the options that are available to you. Each patient and situation is unique and requires a different approach. To be sure that you are getting exactly what you want, you should be knowledgeable about the world of vision correction.
There are a few different methods for vision correction in Korea, and which one is best for you is going to depend on what your condition is. You’re also going to need to be prepared to have a consultation with a doctor so that they can determine what the best treatment plan is. Vision correction surgery is known for being fast, relatively easy, and efficient. But just because it is considered a minor operation in most cases, doesn’t mean that you should take it lightly. Anything having to do with your health is important to understand in depth.
Though vision correction surgery is fast and usually simple (especially in Korea), you should still be aware of what the process is like from start to finish. Most procedures only take a day, but there are several steps during the process.
The first thing that you need to know is that you shouldn’t wear contact lenses for a week prior to your initial exam. This ensures that the specialist will be able to accurately recognize and diagnose any conditions that you have. If you have corrective gear in place, that can lead to an inaccurate diagnosis or a failure to diagnose existing conditions. It’s important that the doctor has a clear image of what is going on so that they can treat you the correct way and effectively treat your disorder.
When you arrive for your examination, you will communicate with the specialist why you are there and what you are hoping to accomplish by coming to the office. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes and come back to you with information on what they feel is the best treatment for your vision. They’ll also perform a series of tests using various equipment. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
Once the exam is complete and the staff knows what the treatment plan is, you can begin treatment at any time depending on the availability of the staff. There isn’t really any additional diagnosis work to be done, so you can either choose to have the treatment immediately or wait until your desired date.
Once you are ready for the actual surgery, the doctor will apply a special type of eye drop that numbs the areas that it is applied to. The eye drops will numb your eyes for your own comfort during the surgery. This is standard procedure and nothing to be afraid of.
The actual surgery takes only 10-20 minutes to complete. After that, your vision is corrected. The doctor will provide you with a room to relax and recover for a short while following the surgery. Once they feel confident that you are feeling better, the doctor will come in for an examination to ensure that your vision has been corrected and that the procedure went well. After that, you will be prescribed a medicine that will help to prevent infection or other damage to your vulnerable eyes. It’s important that you take this medication as prescribed. Eyes are one of the last areas that you want to have complications in, so be sure to take the medicine according to the instructions and avoid infection in your eyes. This medicine also helps to accelerate the healing process.
There are many options when it comes to vision correction in Korean clinics, but four procedures typically stand above the rest in popularity and effectiveness. Each of the different types of treatment methods helps to treat a different condition. There are countless conditions and many of them fall within the treatment scope of these four treatment options:
LASIK is probably a treatment that you’ve heard of quite often when it comes to vision correction surgery. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK is a two-part surgery that is designed to correct issues with refraction. This operation is a little more complicated than some others but still is considered to be basic.
The surgery itself doesn’t take long and the recovery time is very short. The operation takes about 20 minutes and you can leave as shortly as 20 minutes after the procedure. You should have someone accompany you to the operation so that they can drive or direct you home as needed. After this surgery, the doctor will prescribe you medicated eye drops to help with the recovery process and prevent infection.
Though this operation sounds similar to LASIK, it is actually quite different. They share some similarities, but LASEK is a different procedure used to treat different conditions. LASEK stands for Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis. It’s designed to treat those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. Like LASIK, the operation itself takes very little time to complete and you can usually go home very shortly after it is complete. Unlike LASIK, the recovery time is significantly longer and the operation is somewhat painful. You will need specially prescribed eyedrops and a bandage to help you along the recovery process.
SMILE is another procedure that you don’t hear of that much, but it’s actually quite a popular and effective method to correct vision problems. SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. This procedure helps to correct problems with refraction and is usually used on people who are short-sighted. This is also known as myopia.
SMILE removes a small portion of the cornea and alters the way that light is reflected to correct your vision. The wound on the cornea inflicted by this procedure is far smaller than what would be made in LASIK or LASEK, which is why it’s a popular decision. Though, it also means that this procedure is more expensive. The surgery duration and recovery time are very similar to other procedures and you can usually head home the same day.
ICL isn’t the vision correction that you hear of most often, but it’s very popular still. ICL stands for Implantable Contact Lens. As you can guess, this surgery involves installing a contact lens over the eye. It is an operation designed to treat people who are nearsighted or farsighted. It’s a very effective operation aimed towards clarity in your vision.
This operation is often the next choice for people who have unsuitable corneas to be considered for LASIK or LASEK. That doesn’t mean that ICL is inferior to other treatments, only that it is suitable for a specific type of condition. In fact, it’s held in very high esteem by the medical community and is seen as one of the best operations to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness.
ICL is also an appealing option because it does not damage the cornea at all during the procedure. Some laser surgeries have been known to cut or otherwise damage the cornea, which isn’t good for your eyes. ICL corrects your eyesight all in the same day as the operation, is 95% effective by the next day, and is known to be an easy surgery with very short recovery time.
Unlike some other procedures, there is a small surgery that will need to be performed about a week before the actual surgery. This is in preparation for the insertion of the lens and is considered a very minor procedure.
The four main popular vision correction surgeries in Korea are LASIK, LASEK, ICL, and SMILE. They are all very advanced, very safe procedures that treat different conditions of the eye. They are all aimed at correcting vision issues. To know which one is best you should go in for your examination with your preferred doctor and get a professional consultation.