For a long time now, Latvia has been a popular medical tourism end destination. The country’s territory is rich in natural resources and healing mineral water springs, which have been used to heal the population for centuries, also attracting the attention of foreigners.
An important role in the development of the industry was played by the collaboration of doctors and chemists. By the end of the 18th century, an extensive network of sanatoriums had been established in Latvia. Many scientific research laboratories were also in operation. At the start of the 20th century, the number of medical tourists visiting Latvia reached 60,000-70,000 a year. After the Second World War, the number of patients treated by sanatoriums reached two million, which employed a large number of medical personnel. In Latvia, demand for qualified medics has always been high, which explains why medical education has always been of a high level in this country. Professional knowledge has played a significant role in the development of Latvian medicine.
Nowadays, Latvia’s clinics are high level medical institutions, whose quality diagnostic and treatment services are guaranteed by the professional knowledge and experience of doctors combined with state-of-the-art equipment, progressive technology and high safety and quality standards. Here, services are received not only by the Latvian people, but also foreign patients.
Every year, Latvia is visited by over five million medical tourists from Scandinavia, Russia, Western Europe and other countries. The landscaped environment, convenient transport and outstanding education opportunities are also attractive to budding doctors from countries all over the world, who are completing their studies in medicine in Latvia.
Does vision correction provide permanent results?
There are several ways to perform vision correction surgery – by implanting a vision improving lens into the eye, and by changing the shape of the eye with a laser. Laser surgery is one of the most effective procedures for vision correction. After the procedure, the results are permanent. Vision correction with a lens implant, too, provides lasting results, but the procedure itself is reversible, meaning the implanted lens can be removed if necessary.
What types of vision correction procedures are available?
There are two main types of vision correction – lens implant and laser correction. Lens surgery means inserting an intraocular Collamer lens into the eye. The lens is non-removable and provides a consistently excellent vision. This procedure is reversible. The other type of vision correction is laser vision correction. There are several types of procedures available – LASIK, PRK, FEMTO-LASIK, SMILE, etc. Each type of laser correction has its own nuances, and the doctor will evaluate the most suitable and appropriate method together with the patient.
How much does vision correction surgery cost?
The price of vision correction depends on the chosen procedure and the required additional services. Vision correction prices are usually per eye and can range from an average of 500 to 1,900 euros, depending on the type of procedure.
Is vision correction surgery available for children?
There is a wide range of eye health related services available to children, but laser correction for children is usually not performed because vision has not yet stabilized and the eyeball is still developing. Vision correction surgery patients must be at least 18 years old, and their vision must be constant for at least one year. More detailed information will be provided by the eye doctor, and a vision test will be performed to determine the diagnosis.
What to consider when choosing vision correction surgery?
Although laser vision correction is a barely invasive—almost cosmetic—procedure, it requires both the preparation and the postoperative period of several days with a special regimen to be followed. For example, for a certain period of time after laser correction it is advised to avoid straining the eyes, cosmetics, bright lights, driving, and dust. Whereas after lens implantation, the vision improvement can be felt immediately, and it stabilizes completely within 1 week. It is important to plan a day without driving after the procedure, as your vision may still be blurred. There are other restrictions to follow over the first few weeks; however, after the postoperative period you can return to your everyday life and enjoy your new sharp vision.
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