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Laser eye surgery in Kenya

Laser eye surgery in Kenya

Cost of Laser eye Surgery in Kenya
LASIK (laser) eye Surgery cost in Kenya varies from centre to centre being as low as Ksh:75000 per eye to as high as Ksh: 400,000

Clinics / Hospitals that offer Laser eye Surgery in Kenya
The following are clinics/hospitals that do perform Laser eye surgery in Kenya

3rd Floor Doctors Plaza,Sarit Center
P.o. Box 416-00606,Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (0)722 526698, +254 (0)735 678870

Lavington Branch
+254-715 186 034, +254-737 385 366
Lavington, Off James Gichuru Rd

Ngong Road Branch
+254-713 561 464
+254-717 120 208
5th Ngong Avenue, Upper Hill

Kapatgat Road, Loresho, Nairobi
Email Mail:
Pilot Line: +254 020 422 6000
Cell: +254 728 970 601
+254 733 619 191

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Insurance Companies In Kenya that cover LASIK (Laser) eye Surgery
Most vision insurance plans don’t cover refractive surgery because they consider it cosmetic and therefore medically unnecessary.However the following insurance companies offer packages with laser eye surgery included

  • Madison Insurance
    Upper Hill Close,
    P.O. Box 47382 – 00100, Nairobi
    Tel: 020-2864 000, Cell: 0709 922 000,SMS 20286

LASIK or Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

How it is Done
1.You will also be given the option to take a mild sedative to help you relax. While you’re in the waiting room, your eyes will be numbed using drops to ensure a pain-free experience. You’ll be given more numbing drops when you enter the operation room.

2.The surgeon will then proceed to create the flap. They will begin by putting an instrument on your eyes called a speculum that will keep your eyes open throughout the duration of the procedure . During the standard LASIK procedure, a microkeratome is used to create the flap. During this step, you will feel a slight vibration and your vision will go dark for roughly 15 seconds. In All-Laser LASIK, a laser is used to create the flap. For either procedure, the corneal flap is then folded back to allow access to the middle layer of the cornea for the corrective step.

3.Next, the surgeon will use an excimer laser to reshape the middle section of the cornea. This has the same effect as putting a lens over your eye—it changes the refraction of the eye and therefore the focus of the light that converges onto the retina.

Each type of eye problem is treated differently. For myopia (nearsightedeness), the cornea is flattened by removing more tissue from the centre of the cornea than from the periphery. This decreases the converging power of the eye, or the angle at which light is refracted in the eye.

In the treatment of hyperopia (farsightedness), the cornea is steepened by removing more tissue from the sides of the cornea.

Astigmatism, a condition in which the eye is not perfectly round but rather is wider in one direction than the other, requires tissue be removed from the wider sides to make the surface of the eye spherical.

The laser is used for less than one minute on each eye. The whole procedure can last as little as 10 minutes and is completely painless.

4. Once the middle section of the cornea is reshaped, the surface flap is smoothed back down. The surface of the eye will begin to seal immediately and is held in place naturally after that (in the same way that a contact lens stays in place). The surface layer of the cornea will begin to grow over the edge within a few hours.

Lasik Eye Surgery Risks
Complications that result in a loss of vision are very rare. But certain side effects of LASIK eye surgery, particularly dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances, are fairly common.
Below are some of risks associated with LASIK eye Surgery:

  • Dry eyes.
  • Glare, halos and double vision
  • Undercorrections
  • Overcorrections
  • Astigmatism
  • Flap problems
  • Vision loss or changes.

Pros (advantages) of LASIK

  • Time needed off work is less as compared to PRK / LASEK
  • No more lost or forgotten glasses
  • No need to worry about the risks of contact lenses
  • Pain-free surgery

Laser Eye Surgery Age
laser eye surgery is not recommended to anyone under the age of 21. This is because eyes keep changing throughout childhood and teenage years, and it generally takes until around the age of 21 for vision to have stabilised.

Having surgery when you’re too young could be detrimental to your eyes and may lead to complications with them as you get older. There’s also the chance that unseen medical problems could surface once your vision has stabilised – having surgery before that could mean those issues are missed and eye problems might occur later in life.

Diabetes and laser eye surgery
If you have diabetic retinopathy, your vision may be slightly impaired.Some laser eye surgeons insist that diabetics have Intralase, which is the premium type of Lasik surgery and is thought to have a quicker recovery time
IntraLase uses laser energy to replace the microkeratome blade traditionally used to create a thin flap in the clear front covering of the eye (cornea). During LASIK surgery, the corneal flap is lifted and the cornea is reshaped to achieve sharper focus.

Citations /References for Laser eye surgery in Kenya

  • Risk factors and prognosis for corneal ectasia after LASIK
    JB Randleman, B Russell, MA Ward, KP Thompson… – …, 2003 –
  • The Incidence and Risk Factors for Developing Dry Eye After Myopic LASIK
  • Lovisolo CF, Reinstein DZ; Reinstein (Nov–Dec 2005). “Phakic intraocular lenses”. Survey of ophthalmology. 50 (6): 549–87
  • Sanders DR, Vukich JA; Vukich (May 2003). “Comparison of Implantable Contact Lens and Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis for Moderate to High Myopia”. Cornea. 22
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