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Refractive Surgery Abroad

A list of leading international hospitals offering Refractive Surgery to international patients.

Clínica Mirabell

CLÍNICA MIRABELL is one of the leading private ophthalmological centres in the Canary Islands. We improve our patients' quality of life protecting, treating and enhancing their vision and the aesthetics of their eye area.


Refractive Surgery is available

5 listed ophthalmologists:

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Dra. Patricia Martínez García

Specialist in Anterior Segment, Cataract and Glaucoma

Dr. Ricardo Herrera Piñero

Specialist in Anterior Segment, Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Instituto Oftalmológico Quirónsalud Dexeus

Institut Omiq Oftalmologia Medica's Medical and Surgical activity is developed in all areas and specialities in Ophthalmology. They provide the most modern, latest and complete diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.


Refractive Surgery is available

18 listed ophthalmologists:

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Dr. Mercè Guarro MD

OMIQ Medical Director

Dr. Laura Sararols MD

Head of the Vitreo-Retinal Unit

Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO Barcelona)

The Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO – Institute of Ocular Microsurgery in English) is a leading international ophthalmology centre. Their hallmark is medical excellence and our objective is to provide the best service to the patient.


Refractive Surgery is available

32 listed ophthalmologists:

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Dr. Borja Corcóstegui

Co-founder and medical director of IMO

Dr. Isabel Nieto

Complex Cataract Specialist

Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud

Chiron Hospital Group, a specialist in high complexity medicine and pioneered the introduction of new technologies in all fields of medicine, offers Ophthalmology Units formed by professionals of great prestige.


Refractive Surgery is available

Hospital Velmar

A small multi specialty hospital located in the town of Ensanada, Mexico. A staff of 50 physicians provides surgical and medical care in over 20 medical specialties. The doctors can speak English, and the hospital provides services to foreign patients.


Refractive Surgery is available

Medipol Mega University Hospital

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.


Refractive Surgery is available

9 listed ophthalmologists:

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Institut Comtal d'Oftalmologia

Innova Ocular ICO Barcelona is one of the most important ophthalmology and ocular microsurgery institutes in central Barcelona, and an industry leader at both the national and international level.


Refractive Surgery is available

8 listed ophthalmologists:

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Dr. David Andreu

General Manager

Dra. Susana Duch

Scientific Director, Head of the Glaucoma Unit and Ocular Trauma Unit / Specialist, Ocular Genetics Unit

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

We use our eyes to see life and so Vithas Xanit International Hospital has developed a highly influential Ophthalmology Department in this area. Our strong vision care programme has made us the first private hospital in the province to have a surgery for evaluating and treatment of poor vision.


Refractive Surgery is available

Listed ophthalmologist:

Dr. Angel Cilveti

Head of The Ophthalmology Department

Hisar Intercontinental Hospital

Equipped with the cutting-edge technology devices, our Eye Clinic offers service in all the sub-branches of eye, cataract and refractive surgery in particular.


Refractive Surgery is available

Listed ophthalmologists:

Prof. Omer Kamil Dogan


Dr. Faruk Eroglu


Koc University Hospital

Integrated patient care is the combination of delivery, management and organization of healthcare services in order to enable an increased quality of care, maximized treatment efficiency, and enhanced patient satisfaction simultaneously.


Refractive Surgery is available

3 listed ophthalmologists:

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Prof. Orkun Müftüoğlu MD

Professor of Ophthalmology

Prof. Sumru Onal MD

Professor of Ophthalmology: Eye Diseases

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About Refractive Surgery

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

Refractive surgery

Refractive eye surgery is any eye procedure used to improve the refractive condition of the eye and eliminate or decrease dependency on contact lenses or glasses. This may consist of numerous methods of surgical remodeling of the cornea or cataract operation. The commonest methods at present use excimer lasers to reshape the cornea's curvature. Successful refractive eye procedures may reduce or cure popular vision conditions like astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia, and also degenerative conditions such as keratoconus.

Flap procedures

Excimer laser ablation is performed under a partial-thickness lamellar corneal flap

  • Automated lamellar keratoplasty
  • Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
  • Refractive Lenticule Extraction (ReLEx):

Surface procedures

The excimer laser is used to remove the most anterior part of the corneal stroma. These procedures don't need a partial-thickness cut into the stroma. Surface ablation procedures vary only in the way the epithelial layer is taken care of.

  • Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
  • Transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK)
  • Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelium Keratomileusis (LASEK)
  • Customized Transepithelial No-touch (C-TEN)

Corneal incision procedures
  • Radial keratotomy (RK)
  • Mini Asymmetric Radial Keratotomy (MARK)
  • Arcuate keratotomy (AK)
  • Limbal relaxing incisions (LRI)

Other procedures
  • Radial Keratocoagulation
  • Laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK)
  • Intrastromal corneal ring segments (Intacs
  • Phakic intraocular lens (PIOL)
  • Generally refractive surgery
  • Presbyopia correction


Ophthalmologists use many approaches to examine the results of refractive surgery and change their techniques to offer better results in the future. A few of these approaches are programmed into the devices ophthalmologists use to gauge the refraction of the eye along with the shape of the cornea, like corneal topography.

Refractive surgery may be a wise idea for you if you:
  • Want to reduce your reliance on contact lenses or glasses;
  • Are free of eye illness;
  • Accept the inherent dangers and possible side effects of the surgery;
  • Understand that you may still require contacts or glasses after the surgery to achieve your best vision;
  • Have a suitable refractive error.

There is no universally-accepted, most convenient way for correcting refractive problems. The best choice for you must be decided after an intensive discussion and evaluation with your ophthalmologist. If you are thinking about refractive surgery, you and your Eye M .D. may discuss your vision and lifestyle needs to figure out the best procedure for you.

Risks : People with particular eye ailments involving the retina or cornea, patients, and pregnant women, who have medical problems like autoimmune diseases, diabetes, glaucoma, or uncontrolled vascular disease, aren't good candidates for this surgery. Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the cornea, which is a usual corneal illness. Keratoconus taking place after refractive surgery is known as Corneal Ectasia. It's thought that extra thinning of the cornea via refractive surgery might lead to the advancement of the condition, which may result in the need for a corneal transplant. Corneal pachymetry and topography are used to diagnose for abnormal corneas. In addition, the shape of some people's eye might not allow effective refractive surgery without taking out excessive quantities of corneal tissue. Those considering laser eye procedure must have a complete eye evaluation. Though the risk of complications is reducing in comparison to the early days of refractive surgery, there's still a little chance for serious issues. These are vision issues like dry-eye syndrome, halos, ghosting, double vision, and starbursts. With procedures which make a lasting flap in the cornea (like LASIK), there is as well the chance of accidental traumatic flap displacement years after the procedure, with possibly devastating results if not offered prompt medical attention. For patients with strabismus, risks of complications like diplopia and/or increased strabismus angle should be examined thoroughly. In the event both strabismus surgery and refractive surgery refractive are to be done, it’s suggested that the refractive surgery be performed first.

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