The Czech Republic is one of the world leaders in eye surgery. There are several reasons for that such as high standards, lower prices but also long history with eye surgeries and lenses. Another reason is the amount of procedures performed each year which is gradually increasing.
The first reason why the Czech Republic is one of the world leaders is the fact that the Czech Republic has statistically a high number of procedures done. The reason for that is the fact that patients are well educated about possible procedures and that the Czech healthcare system covers most of these procedures. Therefore, ophthalmologists can specialize in a certain treatment and thus have more experience than the doctors outside of the Czech Republic. The overall number of patients is also increasing because of foreigners traveling to the Czech Republic for an eye operation which gives the doctors a chance to gain more valuable experience.
The second reason for the Czech Republic to be at the top of the charts is the fact that the Czech clinics uses one of the most advanced technology and materials. Many doctors from the USA travel to the Czech Republic to learn about new procedures or advancements. The reason for this is that the Czech Republic is considered a world leader in research and development in ophthalmology (a medical branch dealing with the eyeball and orbit).
A good example of such research and development is a company called Medicem. Medicem is now developing a new type of lens that will age with the eye. This will be achieved by quick laser operations. We can see an increasing trend in lens replacement surgeries, as well as people tend to live longer and thus the lenses must be able to age with the eye. A clinical testing of the new lenses is required which will take around 5-7 years. According to the leading researcher the costs of the research has already reached hundreds of millions of Euros and could not be done without the Czech experts and local tradition in research and development in ophthalmology.
Some Czech clinics has negotiated special contracts with manufacturers to be one of the first ones to receive a new product as well as a good price. This is mainly due to the volume of operations performed in the Czech Republic. A good example of such companies can be Zeiss lenses which are widely used in the Czech Republic as well as Alcon lenses.
Another reason is the number of unique operations. There are many unique eye treatments that can be done. It ranges from cosmetic surgeries and eyelid operations to vision correction treatments. A good example of such unique operation is Golden eye sequins. During this cosmetic treatment two golden glitters are implanted in the eye.
Most doctors also argue that the reason why the Czech Republic is one of the world leaders in ophthalmology and why many people from abroad travel to the Czech Republic is its historical achievement in ophthalmology:
One of the biggest Czech achievements in ophthalmology was the first successful corneal transplant performed by Edward Zim in 1905. This was the first successful organ transplant surgery in the world and was very significant as it proved that organ transplantation is possible. Many surgeons then started research in transplanting other organs. This surgery is still performed today.
The other achievement in Czech ophthalmology that is of great importance was the development of contact lenses and its manufacturing. This was developed by Otto Wichterle in 1961. Otto Wichterle has succeeded in making the first hydrogel contact lenses. He made them with a homemade machine. In the first 4 months of 1962, he made over 5500 contact lenses. In 1965 an American company bought rights for manufacturing contact lenses in the USA. One of the companies was Bausch+Lomb. It is the same company that is now a clinical testing partner with the new Medicem lenses.
This is why the Czech Republic is the best destination for eye surgery. The easiest way to undergo surgery abroad is through an agency like Praga Medica which will organize the whole trip and make the travel abroad a hassle-free experience. The best thing about it is that it will not increase the cost of the procedure. Going with Praga Medica for an eye surgery or contacting their cooperating clinic directly will cost you the same amount. And maybe traveling on your own can cost you even more as the agency will save your time and make sure that you will avoid the tourist traps.