Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey: All you need to Know

Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey All you need to Know

Having visual impairments such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism can have a negative impact on a person's lifestyle. More and more people are traveling to Turkey to undergo laser eye surgery. But why is that?

In the field of laser eye surgery, Turkey has become a specialist. There is no country in the world that performs as many eye surgeries as Turkey. Some of the most qualified and skilled ophthalmologists as well as some of the best clinics can be found in Istanbul.

In this article, we will introduce you to the best clinics for laser eye surgery in Istanbul along with the types, costs and the things you need to know before your laser eye surgery.

Lets’ dive right in!

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a common procedure to correct types of vision issues, with the help of a laser that reshapes the surface of the eye. Depending on the type of surgical method, laser eye surgery can correct nearsightedness up to 10 degrees, astigmatism up to 6 degrees and farsightedness up to 6 degrees.

What is Laser Eye Surgery

Types of Laser Eye Surgery

The LASIK method is often used as a synonym for laser eye surgery, as it is the most common method. But there are more methods that differ in the surgical technique and the shape in which the cornea is corrected.

See below some of the most common eye surgery techniques:

1. LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK stands for “Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis” and is the most widely used method of laser treatment in the world.

This method uses 2 lasers and offers quick visual recovery and a painless procedure. An accurately calculated amount of corneal tissue is removed during the LASIK procedure. This changes the surface curvature of the cornea and corrects the eye's refractive error. The cornea is reshaped with the laser beam, which is programmed via computer according to the degree of visual impairment. What makes this method so popular is that it spares the delicate surface of the cornea.

2. Femto-LASIK Method

This method is one of the popular and innovative types of laser eye surgery. This is because the eyes are treated with a femtosecond laser that is computer-controlled and makes highly precise incisions.

As a result, the eyes heal faster than with traditional LASIK treatment and there are even fewer complications.

3. SMILE Method

This method is one of the newer laser eye surgery procedures, using only one laser. SMILE stands for “Small Incision Lenticule Extraction”. During this procedure, the cornea is reshaped through a small, self-sealing hole. The recovery time is slower than traditional LASIK. The disadvantage cited is that this method is still quite new and is said to have fewer safety features compared to the LASIK procedure.


LASEK stands for “Laser Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratomileusis” and is a surface laser procedure. This method is not so popular, as it involves more discomfort and a longer recovery time than with LASIK procedure. It is usually used when LASIK is not an option.

Things you should know before your Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey

Things You Should Know Before Your Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey

  • Laser eye surgery has become a routine procedure in Turkey.
  • With the high number of procedures performed annually, high standards and experienced ophthalmologists, Turkey has become one of the world's leading countries in the field of eye surgery.
  • The cost of laser eye surgery in Turkey is very affordable while maintaining the highest quality. Prices are much lower compared to Europe or the USA.
  • One visit to Istanbul is sufficient for eye laser surgery, allowing you to wonderfully combine the procedure with a sightseeing trip. Plan at least 3 days for your trip in Istanbul.
  • Since eyesight can change during puberty, laser eye surgery is not recommended for people under the age of 21.
  • Note that people who have diabetes, cataracts high eye pressure or systemic diseases such as HIV, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are not suitable for laser eye surgery. The same applies for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Good candidates for this procedure are those who are over 21 years of age and have had a stable prescription for glasses/contact lenses for at least 2 to 3 years.
  • The complication rate for laser eye surgery is below 1 %.  The LASIK procedure is minimally invasive. There is no scar with sutures to heal.
  • It is important to avoid alcohol and cigarettes for 1 week before the planned procedure.
  • Generally, you can expect a good vision again within 24 hours after LASIK procedure. In some cases, however, it takes two to five days.
  • Don’t be alarmed: Dry eyes are a typical problem after eye laser surgery. Your doctor will give you eye drops to treat it. Common side effects that may occur the first few days after surgery include increased sensitivity, blurred vision, fluctuations in vision or decreased visual acuity at dusk and glare.
  • For the first week after laser eye surgery, do not allow tap water in your eyes and avoid eye makeup. Also, don’t forget to wear the goggles you got from your doctor while sleeping.
  • You should refrain from competitive sports until 2 weeks after laser eye surgery. Swimming, sauna and solarium should be postponed for 4 weeks.
Procedure of Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey

Procedure of Laser Eye Surgery in Istanbul, Turkey

Before laser eye surgery, you will send your eye doctor your medical history. Based on it, your doctor will check which laser eye surgery technique is right for you.

For this purpose, you will usually be asked to join an online consultation with your eye doctor, where you will also talk about the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as the aftercare.

After your arrival in Istanbul, you will meet your eye doctor for an examination and the final confirmation that you’re a candidate for the procedure and the chosen method. The laser eye surgery typically takes place the next day.

The duration of the LASIK procedure usually ranges between 5 and 15 minutes per eye. During a LASIK procedure, drop anesthesia is used, so that pain is not felt during this surgery. Afterwards, your eye doctor will remind you about the aftercare.

After the procedure, your eyes will be sensitive to light. Therefore, it is recommended to wear sunglasses for the first 24 hours after laser eye surgery.

A detailed follow-up is typically planned the day after the laser eye surgery.

How Much is Laser Eye Surgery in Turkey?

While you pay around $3,000 per eye in Western countries, laser eye surgery prices in Istanbul are around $1,500 per eye.

Popular Clinics

Cayra Clinic is a leading provider in the field of medical tourism. For more than 15 years, the clinic has been serving domestic and foreign patients from all over the world.

According to the motto "Beauty for Everyone", the clinic offers highly qualified treatments at reasonable prices. The most important principles are honesty, transparency and discretion. All procedures are performed in the most prestigious 5* hospitals in Istanbul and Antalya, all of which have been awarded the coveted JCF certificate and are equipped with the latest technologies.

Treatments from all areas of medicine are offered.  The focus is on hair- and beard transplants, plastic surgery such as breast aestheticsBBLMommy Makeover and Tummy Tuckweight loss surgeriesdental treatments, Іn-Vіtrо-Fertilisation (IVF) and eye surgeries such as eye laser and smart lens.

Cayra Clinic has so far successfully attended over 5,000 patients from 5 different continents and over 40 countries on their journey.

Those who wish can book an all-inclusive package that includes VIP transfers, interpreters, 5-star hotel, flights and city tours.

Founded in 2015, Forever Clinica on the European side of Istanbul was initially known for its success in the field of hair transplantation. Now, the clinic offers all plastic and aesthetic surgeries performed at the state-of-the-art Avrasya Hospital.
In recent years, the clinic has particularly made its mark in the field of laser eye surgery.

In its over 7 years of experience, Forever Clinica has performed over 9,000 procedures and treated many thousands of patients from all over the world. A team of over 40 specialists and doctors take care of guests throughout the treatment process, and they quickly feel at home in the clinic.

Durable solutions and lifetime guarantees are reflected in the high level of patient satisfaction in all areas, which is always the top priority at Forever Clinica. 

Estophia arranges aesthetic and medical treatments in Istanbul, Turkey. In recent years, Estophia made a name for itself mainly through the treatments in the field of laser eye surgery. All kind of lenses are offered, the guest has the possibility to make extensive comparisons between the different procedures, clinics and doctors.

In addition, Estophia arranges treatments in all fields of medicine, be it breast aestheticsBBLMommy Makeover, Tummy Tuckweight loss surgeries, Rhinoplasty or face and neck lift and much more. All procedures are performed in the most modern clinics of Istanbul, equipped with the latest technologies.

The patient's well-being always comes first, which is reflected in a high level of satisfaction. All-inclusive packages are also offered, including hotel, transfers and even activities during the stay.

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