|The price for Lasik varies dramatically. You need to be sure you get what you pay for.
Some national chains advertise Lasik prices as low at $499 an eye, but a look at the financial
reports of those same chains will find what they really charge. The average Lasik cost
in 2012 is about $1,950 per eye. The price of Lasik varies from about $1,600
to $3,200 per eye, depending on the surgeon and technology, according
to David Harmon, president of the St. Louis research firm Market Scope.
paid by an indivudal will depend greatly on the patient's unique circumstances,
which procedure is recommended, and market competition.
USAEyes May Cover $1,500 Toward Your Lasik
The USAEyes nonprofit organization does not provide Lasik
- we provide Lasik information and certify Lasik doctor patient
outcomes - but we do pay attention to Lasik price issues and we have recently implemented a grant fund to help pay for Lasik for select individuals. Learn about the USAEyes $1,500 Lasik grant.
Don't Pay Too Much Or Too Little
Nobody wants to pay too much for anything, but this is microsurgery
on eyes. If the best available surgeon is unaffordable, then the
wise choice may be to not have Lasik at all. An inexperienced
doctor is no bargain at any price. If you go on the cheap and something
goes wrong, you may never forgive yourself. That said, just because
someone charges a lot does not make them a better doctor, nor does
charging less make them an inferior doctor. What is important is
to focus (pun intended) on the quality of the surgeon and keep price
Lasik Price Transparency
There are many different refractive surgery techniques with variable costs. Conventional
Lasik ablation will likely be less expensive than wavefront custom Lasik. Bladeless Lasik will likely be more expensive than Lasik with
a mechanical microkeratome. PRK, LASEK, and Epi-Lasik, may have slightly different cost than Lasik. RLE is likely to be more expensive than Lasik. Some clinics
charge extra for "lifetime acuity" or similar warranty plans that provide additional
surgery if required later.
You may respond to the $499 ad, but be "upsold" into something
much more expensive. The difficult part is knowing if you really
need the more expensive procedures. This concern led to US Congressional
hearings regarding Lasik
Lasik is an elective surgery that is market driven and is being
sold to you. To some degree your surgeon is your salesperson, but
the better doctors will not try to sell you something that would
not be to your benefit.
Would you purchase a pair of glasses out of a basket at a thrift
store and expect to be able to see well? Perhaps you would see okay,
but you would probably only want to wear glasses custom made for
you and that provide the most accurate correction for your eyes.
Lasik is much the same. We don't mean to equate $499 Lasik to a
thrift store, but you get the idea
You will live with the results of your refractive surgery, good
or bad, for the rest of your life. Make a surgery decision,
not a financial one.
Looking For Best Lasik Surgeon?
If you are ready to choose a doctor to be evaluated for conventional
or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, or any refractive surgery procedure, we recommend you consider a doctor who has been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization.
Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Doctor.
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