The need to wear glasses is increasingly commonplace in both adults and children. Whether due to a lack of outdoor activity, or more screen time than ever before, it’s estimated that around 75% of adults use some kind of vision correction. Even though it may seem like a prescription for glasses is a lifetime sentence, this is not necessarily the case. LASIK surgery has come a long way over the years, and the technology and techniques have improved to great success. And now you can get international quality eye surgery right here in Xi’an.
Aier Eye Hospital Group is an ophthalmology group with leading hospital scale and medical capabilities in China and around the world, covering Asia, Europe, and North America. It has 3 listed companies in Mainland China, Europe, and Southeast Asia (Shenzhen, China: Aier Eye, 300015 ; Spain: CBAV; Singapore: 40T), the number of eye hospitals and centers globally have reached more than 600, including more than 500 in Mainland China, more than 80 in Europe, 12 in Southeast Asia, 7 in Hong Kong, and 1 in the United States. Annual outpatient visits in Mainland China over 10 million.
Relying on the experience and expertise of such a large group, Xi’an Aier Gucheng Eye Hospital has designed and built a complete eye hospital, with a total area of about 13,000 square meters. The hospital has more than 10 ultra-clean laminar flow operating rooms, more than 200 beds, and has cataract, glaucoma, refractive surgery, fundus disease specialist, strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology, ocular surface keratopathy, and ocular plastic surgery. The 9 core professional departments integrate clinical practice, scientific research, teaching, and comprehensively carry out the diagnosis and treatment of various ophthalmic diseases, and provide high-quality ophthalmic diagnosis and treatment services for the majority of ophthalmological patients in Northwest China.
The Department of Refractive Surgery of Xi’an Aier Gucheng Eye Hospital is one of the first institutions in the province to carry out refractive error correction surgery. It has more than 20 years of successful experience in refractive surgery, has mastered a variety of core technologies for refractive error correction, and has well-managed and professional A-team of ophthalmologists and nurses. The department is committed to providing scientific and standardized diagnosis and treatment services for the majority of patients with refractive errors. Relying on the strong medical technology team of Aier Ophthalmology Group, it constantly updates technology and provides refractive solutions suitable for all kinds of people.
To see what the actual process is like Xi’an Aier Gucheng Eye Hospital, we interviewed Andy K, who recently had the procedure done.
XE: What made you decide to have Lasik surgery?
The reason I chose LASIK is because it has been FDA-approved to correct vision since 1999. Today, doctors perform about 600,000 LASIK procedures in the United States each year. Most people who have this surgery end up with 20/20 vision, and the vast majority — more than 95%. And now I am very satisfied with the result, so for me it was the right choice.
XE: Why did you choose to do it at Xi’an Aier Gucheng Eye Hospital?
One of the reasons is that my friend suggested this hospital because she already had a LASIK surgery at this hospital and another reason is that this hospital is one of the most famous, plus AIER Eye Hospital Group is China’s leading ophthalmology hospital group that covers Asia, Europe, and North America with huge scale and outstanding medical capacity. It has three listed companies in China, Europe, and Southeast Asia with a total number of more than 600 specialized eye hospitals and centers. So, as it’s the biggest and most famous and experienced brand, I didn’t need to risk my eyes with a less experienced hospital.
XE: What advice was given to you to do to before surgery?
A day before the surgery, I had to use eye drops that were given to me by the doctor 4 times a day. I couldn’t had to eat any spicy food the day before the surgery. That’s it. Before the surgery, the hospital did various kinds of tests for my eyes to decide if the surgery is safe and possible for my eyes. And luckily it was fine. I could choose between LASIK and SMART surgery.
XE: How was the experience overall?
The experience over all was better than I expected. I will rate the hospital 9/10. The surgery itself was very fast, comfortable, no issues. The whole staff was very helpful throughout, even after the surgery, and even now the doctors still check on me. Everything was very convenient.
XE: Were there any communication barriers when speaking to the doctors?
With the communication, I had no problem all. I myself can speak a little Chinese. Plus, even when there was any kind of trouble, the doctors tried their best to resolve the problem with the help of some other nurses or translation software. So, overall the communication went very smooth.
XE: How has this surgery affected you? What changes has it made to your life and work?
After the surgery I will say now I feel very positive change regarding my life. With glasses and contacts lenses, there are always side issues – that can be anything, extra weight on your nose all the time, irritation from the contact lenses, and other small issues, but when they become your daily routine issues it’s pretty hard. So I would say it really has had a very positive change on my life and work as well. The best part is that I don’t have to find my glasses after I wake up.
To see if LASIK or other corrective eye surgeries are right for you, contact Xi’an Aier Gucheng Eye Hospital
Address: No.59, Zi Qiang West Road, 200m West of Bei Guan Intersection.
Phone: 029 8628 6699