What is one of the main things that hold people back from getting LASIK surgery? Money. The average cost in the US is around $2,200.00 per eye. Most insurance companies still don’t cover LASIK surgery costs because they view it as an elective procedure. Because of this, LASIK surgery can seem like a large out-of-pocket expense.
Since many people are paying out of pocket, it’s important to know what the costs are and what factors have an impact on the cost of LASIK procedures.
Factors That May Dictate LASIK Surgery Costs
The price of LASIK surgery differs from one surgeon to another. The reasons include:
- Surgical techniques. Some doctors use a blade and excimer lasers for corneal vision correction, and this can cost a few hundred dollars less than using a wavefront-guided laser. Then, there are some wavefront-guided procedures that employ a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap. This technology might be a couple hundred dollars more per eye.
- How much correction is needed? Some doctors take into consideration the amount of correction needed. The more that is needed because of astigmatism or abnormalities to the cornea, the higher the cost.
- Where you have the surgery. Some surgery centers that specialize in LASIK or other laser correction surgeries may charge a single price for each procedure regardless of what kind of technology is used. Many times, the costs at surgery centers can be around 50 percent off the normal, average cost. On the other hand, a doctor’s office may have a range of prices dependent upon the techniques and technology used.
LASIK Surgery Cost: Is Geography a Factor?
Geography can be a factor in LASIK surgery cost. On some European websites, the cost of LASIK surgery is advertised at around 385€ per eye. According to some sources, US patients are now heading up to Canada for cheaper prices, too.
While costs can vary between states, the US average is around $2,200.00 per eye. This doesn’t necessarily mean that one state will charge more or less than another. What it really refers to is the fact that in nearly every state you’re going to get a price range of between $500.00 and $3,000.00.
The real difference in price comes from:
- The doctor’s education and experience
- Whether you’re having the surgery done in a clinic or private office
- The type of technology and procedure
- The extent of the surgery
Note: Members of the US military might be able to receive LASIK surgery for free or at a reduced price depending on the nature of their duties.
What Are The Costs of Not Having LASIK Surgery?
There is no doubt that having LASIK surgery done will cost you some money. And, if you need LASIC enhancement in the future, that is an added expense. But what will you end up paying if you don’t have LASIK treatments?
The fact of the matter is this: you may end up spending more during your lifetime on new glasses or contact lenses than you would spend to cover the LASIK surgery costs.
Contact LASIK of Nevada for a consultation to find out how you may be able to get great vision at an affordable price.