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Lasik Tax Deduction

Vision correction surgery may be deducted as a medical expense from state and federal taxes..

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Lasik is commonly a deductible medical expense.  

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that vision correction surgery like Lasik is a deductible medical expense.

Part I. Rulings and Decisions Under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986

Section 213.—Medical, Dental, etc., Expenses
26 CFR 1.213–1: Medical, dental, etc., expenses.

"Medical expenses. Amounts paid by individuals for procedures that are directed to improving appearance and do not promote the proper function of the body are not expenses for medical care deductible under
section 213 of the Code unless the procedure is necessary to correct a deformity arising from a birth defect, disfiguring disease, or injury. Therefore, breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy for cancer and vision correction surgery such as LASIK are deductible under section 213, but teeth whitening procedures are not deductible under section 213."

The full IRS publication is available at Lasik Tax Deduction.

Not every taxpayer is able to deduct medical expenses, so check with your tax preparer.

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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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