Eye care is one of the primary specialties attracting medical tourists. In many Western countries, eye care is extremely expensive, but the same procedures and treatments are far more affordable in countries outside the Western world. Thousands of patients seek eye care abroad every year to obtain world-class care at affordable prices. Many of these patients suffer from glaucoma and travel to pursue surgery for the eye condition.
Glaucoma is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that cause optic nerve damage. Usually, the culprit of this damage is abnormally high pressure within the eye. The second most prevalent cause of blindness, glaucoma can be treated using a combination of eye drops, medications and surgeries. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to maintaining vision and preventing further damage.