Presbypopia literally means “old eyes,” highlighting the fact that as we age our eyes become less flexible, making it more difficult to focus. This normally occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 and progresses through age 65. Initial symptoms typically include difficulty reading smaller print, leading to the use of reading glasses, bifocals, and trifocals.
The high cost of vision care and optical surgery in the United States has sent many people seeking treatment for their vision problems to medical travel agencies representing the largest private hospital network in Mexico where the price for high quality medical care is considerably more affordable for Americans.
In addition to wearing eyeglasses, there are several treatments for Presbypopia, including monovision LASIK (which leaves one eye suited for distance viewing and the other for close-up viewing); conductive Keratolasty (used to help one eye see better up close while the other eye remains untouched with a contact lens correcting distance sight); Surgical Reversal of Presbypopia (SRP) with Scleral Expansion Bands (SEBs); and refractive lens exchange (RLE), which entails replacing the natural lens with an artificial lens.
Innovative PresbyLASIK Procedure Approved In The U.S. In 2010, In Mexico NOW
One of the newest and most promising treatments for presbypopia is multifocal LASIK or PresbyLASIK. PresbyLASIK is a procedure currently in clinical trials in the U.S., but the procedure has been approved in Mexico and Europe. With multifocal or PresbyLASIK, different ‘zones’ are created on the surface of the cornea to correct vision at near, intermediate, and far ranges. With monovision LASIK correction for presbypopia, patients must use their eyes independently for seeing near or far; with PresbyLASIK, patients are able to focus naturally with both eyes on any object of any distance.
Although the multifocal PresbyLASIK procedure is not yet FDA-approved in the U.S., it is performed with state of the art VISX technology in Hospital Angeles Tijuana, just 15 minutes across the border from San Diego. Hospital Angeles is one of 20 technologically modern hospitals comprising the largest private hospital network in Mexico, and frequently hosts American medical travelers searching for affordable, high quality medical and surgical care.
Low Cost Of Medical Travel To Mexico Attracts Patients From Around The World
Surgical procedures and hospital stays in the most modern hospitals are available in Mexico for as little as one-third of the price paid in America. The U.S. nonprofit Medical Tourism Association reports in its survey of American medical travelers (estimated at more than 500,000 per year) that the great majority are enthusiastic repeat customers and referrals of the state-of-the-art private hospitals and medical centers of Mexico where they received their surgerical procedures. While private Mexican hospitals are every bit as modern as famous U.S. hospitals, they typically cost less than half as much as their American counterparts do. Although Angeles Hospitals feature identically sophisticated equipment and resources, the U.S. healthcare system has higher costs associated with medical education, training, insurance, and facility construction. Costs are driven up even further by the U.S. healthcare insurance industry. The net savings to the Mexico medical travel patient working with a medical travel, Mexico, agency is often quite substantial, from 50-75% less than U.S. medical and hospital costs.
Convenience And Savings
With the help of a medical travel, Mexico, agency, getting to the right hospital is easy. There are 20 hospitals in major metro areas throughout Mexico with direct flights from most major American cities. Most medical travelers have easy access to inexpensive flights in and out of Mexico on a daily basis, which makes affordability an appealing option when long wait times are added to the sky-high prices of medical and surgical care in the U.S.
Because Presbypopia LASIK surgery can be performed on American medical travelers over the period of a weekend (flights, procedure, and hotel inclusive), the savings are high for this type of medical travel package for Americans. The innovative procedure implemented on the latest VISX technology, costs less than $5,000 (both eyes), while the procedure is expected to debut in the U.S. at $10,000-$15,000 or more. According to the Medical Tourism Association survey of medical travelers, patients engaging in medical travel to Mexico frequently enjoy tourism time, including fine dining, relaxed shopping, and resort beaches; more than 8 in 10 said they would definitely choose medical travel, Mexico, as a solution again in the future.
Mexico Meets And Exceeds Current Medical Standards
While many people know Mexico offers gorgeous beaches, delicious food, lively music, stellar golf, and excellent deep-sea fishing, in the past decade Mexico has rapidly become widely known for quality, affordable medical care. Even the most sophisticated medical and surgical care in Mexico is typically one-third the cost of the same medical care in the United States. After factoring in travel-related expenses, U.S. medical travel patients realize considerable savings by seeking treatment in Mexico.
But savings and quality are not the only attractions of medical travel, Mexico. In a 2009 survey, most medical travelers report to the U.S. nonprofit Medical Tourism Association that they found their hospital and surgical care in Mexico as good or better than any U.S. healthcare experience they’ve had, and would not hesitate to recommend the experience to other U.S. patients needing quality affordable medical care.
Mexico’s low cost of living and lower costs for the same medical technologies found in the U.S. as well as lower doctor, hospital, and specialists’ fees versus the U.S. can all work together to offer American medical travel patients exceptional care at a fraction of what they would pay for the same care in the United States.
Mexico hospitals undergo a rigorous credentialing process that guarantees the highest international standards of education, training, equipment, and patient centric care. Mexico hospital patients do not experience the restrictions on and rationing of healthcare through insurance premiums, policies penalizing for pre-existing conditions, claims denials, and out of pocket expenses. This results in high levels of service and patient satisfaction with their overall experience.
Americans can save thousands of dollars by seeking medical care in Mexico receiving the same high quality medical care they would expect in the U.S. at a fraction of the cost, and in a hospital that is modern, beautiful, and convenient to fly to from most major U.S. city airports.
In particular, the merging of medical care and tourism is a winning combination for patients seeking Wavefront Presbypopia LASIK surgery.
Affordable And Convenient Care
Medical travel, Mexico, includes 20 hospitals in major metropolitan areas throughout Mexico, including Tijuana, Juarez, Mexico City, Puebla, and Guadalajara. For most Americans, a Mexico hospital is just a quick direct flight into Mexico, San Diego, or El Paso where they enjoy airport to hospital pick-up service as part of their medical travel package. In addition, almost half of the United States population lives within driving distance of Mexico, making it a convenient alternative to American healthcare.
Medical travel, Mexico, agencies work with hotels and airlines to offer patients specially discounted rates. Instead of waiting months for a three-minute appointment with a Wavefront LASIK doctor in the United States, American medical travel patients choosing Presbypopia LASIK surgery in Mexico can save thousands by driving or flying to Mexico for the same care and prescription medications at a fraction what it would cost in the United States and enjoy a more innovative, effective treatment for presbypopia that may not receive FDA approval in the U.S. for years to come.