Local TikToker Undergoes LASIK Eye Surgery In Egypt For Only RM700 & Netizens Can’t Believe It
If you struggle with astigmatism, nearsightedness and the like, then you’re probably well-versed on the details and inner-workings of LASIK eye surgery.
Perhaps you remember seeing it on the episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians where Kim and Kylie underwent the operation, or maybe you’ve opted for it yourself.
Whichever it is, if you’re familiar with it, then you probably recognise it as a procedure whereby the shape of the dome-shaped clear tissue at the front of your cornea is altered to improve vision, equally popular as it is notoriously expensive.
Which is why this clip of a local TikToker spending only RM700 to get the procedure done for both eyes in Egypt has sent netizens into a frenzy:
@blackybeasty Bestnya dah tak rabun and boleh nampak dunia! I pakai spect dari darjah 1 😭 sanggup fly to Egypt for lasik surgery sebab kat sana rm700 je meanwhile Malaysia per eye 6k 😎 #lasiksurgery #lasikeyesurgery #fyp #tiktokmalaysia #fypdongggggggg #rabun #fypgakni #lasikmata ♬ Somewhere Only We Know – s
Domestically, people spend up to RM4,000-7,000 to for treatment per eye.
In the US, LASIK costs range between $2,000 to $3,000 (RM8,812 – RM13,218) on average, and it is not covered by insurance as the surgery is deemed cosmetic or elective.
The TikToker explained details regarding her experience in the comments section, stating that while the collective travel cost for her trip including meals and accommodation came up to RM7000, the total was notably cheaper and worth it in the long run.
Initially, she was quoted RM12,000 for the procedure here.
Emad Fayek Clinic located in Alexandria was her choice for the surgery, however she noted that there were several similar eye clinics operating throughout the country which were frequented by Malaysian students.
According to one such student, the costs can range from RM700 to RM1500, depending on the location and severity of the patient’s condition.
While some netizens feared that international patients may not receive sufficient aftercare following the procedure, the TikToker explained that she did obtain the necessary medical upkeep but did not include it in the clip.
@blackybeasty Reply to @nocturnaliens RM700 lasik in Egypt! You can drop your question here if you have any!! + tengah open trip to Egypt for lasik surgery incase anyone interested 🤍 #lasiksurgery #lasikeyesurgery #fyp #tiktokmalaysia #fypdongggggggg #lasikmata #fypシ ♬ original sound – B
As the video garnered mass attention on a local scale, the user proceeded to publish another one, portraying her full experience down to minute details including the breakdown of expenses incurred throughout the trip, as well as ratings of pain and discomfort during and after the surgery.
She added that opting to travel for LASIK in Egypt was also a great opportunity to learn about the people and culture.
According to other netizens, the costs of surgeries in Egypt are generally much cheaper as an abundance of specialists live in the country.
One Twitter user also mentioned that medical procedures were cheaper in the winter (October to February) and confirmed that language barriers would not be a major concern as most Egyptian doctors speak English, however, it is best to be assured of this beforehand for fear that some matters may be lost in translation.
The same profile also contended, having undergone the surgery in Egypt themselves, that it was completely safe and not too distressing- in fact, when comparing their experience with circumcision in contrast with LASIK eye surgery, the latter was apparently more bearable.
While a majority of Malaysians rejoiced in the newfound option to treat their vision-related ailments, others pointed out that one must take into consideration the exceptions to the permanence of the procedure and a mild chance of regression which will require further medical steps which may inconvenience patients who travel for the sole purpose of treatment.
Always refer to a professional prior to undergoing medical operations.