20/20 Vision: 5 Reasons You Should Get LASIK Surgery While You’re in Korea


While modern society is unimaginable without smartphones and computers, as more and more find themselves inseparable from them, the cases of eye problems are also increasing.

As a result, LASIK -which stands for Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis in case you were wondering- is becoming more prevalent for treating eyes that have become the “victims of technology.”

Or maybe it’s not the technology, and you just have good old fashioned poor vision.

LASIK, which is an eye procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) in order to improve vision and reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses

For those of you who want to toss out your spectacles, South Korea is one of the top places in the world to get do just that.

Here are five reasons you should get your vision correction surgery done in South Korea.

Free Examination and Consultation

Blogger Kierra Ivy had a great experience at BGN Eye Clinic, located in Gangnam, Seoul (and Seomyeon, Busan), where she was able to set up an appointment for a free eye examination easily by phone. “The call lasted less than ten minutes and I was booked,” she wrote in her blog, “Passionate Gypsies.”

Also, the entire examination and consultation usually take about an hour to an hour and a half. “They run a lot of tests to make sure of this before they recommend the surgery to you,” Ivy added. “So my advice would be to just get the consultation done and do not try to figure out whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK based on your friend’s diagnosis.”

It’s Inexpensive

LASIK, one of the most commonly performed procedures in South Korea, has been able to attract so many tourists, as well as the natives, particularly for being budget friendly.*

Allure contributor Siraad Dirshe was certainly happy about the affordable rate. “The idea of never having to wear contacts or glasses again was always a dream. And thanks to its $5K price tag, it stayed a dream,” she said in “A Beauty Writer’s Guide to Visiting South Korea.” “But when I discovered that getting LASIK in Seoul was affordable – meaning it’s cheaper than procedures in the U.S. but will still cost you a pretty penny – and completely safe, I knew I had to get it done.”

Most Advanced Technology

South Korea’s vision correction technology is significantly more advanced than those of other countries. BGN Eye Clinic has over 50 various machines to provide patients accurate, customized eye care services. “We have the latest examination and surgical equipment here,” said one of the opticians at the clinic. “For example, we have OPTOS for capturing retinal images – which very few clinics have.”

Safe and Short Surgical Procedure

All types of vision correction surgery take about 10 to 15 minutes. Also, the doctors at BGN Eye Clinic were able to achieve over 300,000 successful outcomes to date. “Pretty much painless; the actual procedure lasts a total of ten minutes and you only feel slight pressure during it, no pain,” said Dirshe, who underwent LASIK.

Ivy, who received the same treatment, also thought the procedure was pretty quick. “It took them about 5 to 7 minutes to complete each eye,” she commented.

The travel/lifestyle blogger then gave advice to her readers. “Just focus on the green light, remain still, keep your eye open when they tell you to, and stay calm,” she continued. “It is not painful and they do a million of these a year. There’s no reason to freak out.”

Fast Recovery

The recovery period depends on the method of surgery and individual patient’s eye condition. Generally, LASIK requires a day, while LASEK takes three or four days to recover.

“It has been a week since my surgery, and I feel great!” I can see very clearly now, my eyes do not hurt at all,” said Ivy. “I can truly call the entire surgery a success.”

If you’re interested in finding out more you can contact BGN Eye Clinic on the web at en.bgneye.com or give them a call about a free consultation at 010-4223-5025

*BGN Eye Clinic is currently offering discounts for international patients: LASEK costs 600,000KRW, all-laser LASIK costs 1,300,000KRW, and SMILE LASIK costs 2,600,000KRW.

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