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Let's Travel - - Malaysia -

Dur­ing my re­cent trip to Kuala Lumpur for den­tal work, I checked out the ser­vices on of­fer in re­gards to eye care. To say it was an ‘eye-opener’ would be far too cheesy…but it truly was. As a back­ground for those who missed the ini­tial story, I’d been quoted close to NZ$4,000 for den­tal work in New Zealand, and ended up with a week in Malaysia plus the work for less – even with my shop­ping spree, I didn’t spend the equiv­a­lent!

The Malaysian Gov­ern­ment has long recog­nised the role of med­i­cal tourism and a min­is­ter from the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice re­cently pointed out that “Malaysia will con­tinue to strengthen its med­i­cal stan­dards and qual­ity of health care”. Malaysia of­fers high qual­ity care at an af­ford­able cost with ex­per­tise in Lasik, cos­metic surgery, IVFs, full body scans as well as den­tistry. There is trans­parency in med­i­cal costs and, most im­por­tantly for off­shore visi­tors, strin­gent qual­ity con­trol by the Malaysian Gov­ern­ment.

My vis­its to just a few of the clin­ics spe­cial­is­ing in cos­metic, Lasik and den­tal surgery re­sulted in an im­pres­sion of ef­fi­ciency yet warmth, clean and clin­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, highly qual­i­fied prac­ti­tion­ers, and a fan­tas­tic com­mand of English.

The In­ter­na­tional Spe­cial­ist Eye Cen­tre (ISEC) pro­vides a full range of ter­tiary spe­cial­ity ser­vices in oph­thal­mol­ogy, rang­ing from so­phis­ti­cated laser eye surgery (LASIK) to the most com­plex vitre­o­reti­nal, or­bital re­con­struc­tion and com­plex corneal trans­plan­ta­tion surg­eries.

More than 5,000 ma­jor eye oper­a­tions are per­formed here each year, with a large num­ber of pa­tients trav­el­ling from off­shore to seek con­sul­ta­tions and ser­vices.

As I was to learn dur­ing my visit, the first step with LASIK is to cre­ate a thin corneal flap; this re­veals the tis­sue that will be re­shaped to cor­rect near­sight­ed­ness, far­sight­ed­ness or astig­ma­tism. Two meth­ods are used to cre­ate the flap – a me­tal blade or laser.

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