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Beware Eye-Op ‘Tourism’, Warns

WEBWIRE (, a Lasik surgery resource site, has today warned patients to take care when considering travelling abroad for eye-operations, and to ensure they do their homework before jetting off to save on medical bills.

(11 December 2008) - - (, a Lasik eye surgery information site, has today issued a stark warning to patients considering travelling abroad to save on medical bills, urging them to ‘fully consider’ the potential dangers and pitfalls of travelling abroad to receive medical treatment., which provides patients with information and resources relating to Lasik eye surgery to help better inform their decisions, has warned that inferior medical care, a lack of formal medical regulation and unhygienic conditions often encountered by travelling patients could pose a serious health threat.

Steve Brice, a spokesperson from ( warned patients to thoroughly research and seriously consider their chosen medical practice abroad, before agreeing to and paying for the procedure.

“Medical tourism is growing in popularity, with more and more patients looking to foreign shores to save a few dollars. While there can be cost savings, the difficulties with medical tourism lie in the patient’s inability to check out the practitioner, his qualifications and the availability and standard of essential operating equipment and space. Without doing a thorough background check into both the surgeon and the medical system of your chosen country as a whole, you could be jeopardising your safety.”

“This isn’t a problem specific to Lasik surgery – it’s applicable to all non-essential medical treatments that push patients overseas. Before you go, make sure you know and trust the qualifications of the surgeon and his experience and reputation before committing to surgery.” provides information for patients on a range of issues surrounding Lasik eye surgery and travelling abroad to save on the costs of treatment domestically.

About: ( is a Lasik surgery resource site, providing the public with invaluable information and resources on the procedure, risks and implications of having Lasik eye surgery. Focusing on providing accessible materials to patients and would-be patients alike, is leading the way in helping informed decision-making amongst those considering eye surgery.


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