Undergoing laser eye surgery is never a decision that should be made lightly. But, when you’re an expat living in a mega-city like Shanghai or Beijing, deciding to have laser eye surgery in China may well be the best decision you ever made.

If you suffer from refractive errors with your vision, refractive surgery is just one possible solution for you. “Refractive surgery” is a broad term that includes a variety of procedures for correcting eye conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).

What is refractive surgery?

The best-known type of refractive surgery is laser eye surgery. As it happens, in China laser eye surgery is also extremely common. This is partly because a relatively large percentage of the population suffers from refractive errors, in particular myopia.

Refractive surgery changes the focusing characteristics of the eye in order to achieve a clearer image. Laser eye surgery specifically uses a laser to reshape the cornea, thereby improving visual acuity. Among the most popular types of laser eye surgery – in China, and beyond – is Laser In Situ Keratomileusis, or LASIK. This type of laser eye surgery has a success rate of over 90 percent worldwide, and is a safe and relatively pain-free surgery.

Where can I have refractive eye surgery?

Choosing a reputable eye clinic at which to undergo eye surgery is no easy task, especially when you are living away from home. Thankfully, undergoing laser eye surgery in China is so common that your local Chinese ophthalmologist is very likely to have performed more laser eye surgery procedures than the average eye doctor in Europe or the United States.

Not all eye hospitals were created equal, of course. Despite the growing number of international hospitals and clinics in Shanghai and other tier one cities, you are advised to do your own research too. Reading a few online patient reviews will help you to establish whether a medical center meets the high standards that Europeans or Americans are used to.

At New Vision Eye Clinic, we only use the most advanced technology to perform laser eye surgery. All LASIK and LASEK procedures are carried out with a laser that utilizes the custom Wavefront technique. We also offer state-of-the-art femtosecond laser technology, which has rapidly set the bar for precision and safety within the ophthalmology field. New Vision Eye Clinic’s success rate speaks for itself. Our surgeons have achieved a success rate of over 95% when performing LASIK surgery.

It is important to understand, however, that not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. Everyone’s eyes are different, and only an experienced ophthalmic surgeon can give you all the facts about your treatment options. Once you’ve had an initial consultation and know what outcome you should expect, you can make a fully-informed decision.

We encourage you to do your own research and when you’re ready, we invite you to visit our purpose-built eye clinic. If you do decide to have laser eye surgery in China, you’ll join many other satisfied patients at New Vision Eye Clinic, each as happy as you’ll be to get rid of your glasses.