The cost of LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) reflects an elective procedure that has been called life changing. Many people reduce their need for glasses and contacts for years. The money saved on associated costs reflects only part of the surgery’s value. Many find that after LASIK they can do what they could not have done before, enjoy swimming, hiking, golfing, and just less hassle of getting ready every morning. It’s important to weigh not just the cost of laser eye surgery, but whether the benefits will increase your quality of living.
The cost of LASIK can vary widely depending on where you live and which surgeons and technologies you choose. But the lowest price isn’t always your best option, and, in many cases, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
With the various laser eye surgery options, it’s important to consider the overall quality of service when comparing the cost of LASIK. You should always ask what is included in the LASIK fees. Also, some surgeons who charge less may not be as experienced or may not have access to the latest technology.
Here are some options to think about when you’re considering the cost of LASIK:
• Some of patients choose to pay for LASIK using funds from their Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account. If you know you want LASIK but are concerned about up-front cost, assess your contributions during your employer’s open-enrollment window and consider increasing your savings so you can afford the procedure next year.
• Health Credit card options. CareCredit offers patients financing options that make your LASIK procedure as affordable as possible. CareCredit is a credit card designed exclusively for healthcare services with special financing.
Start this year off by sitting down and factoring the intangible and potential lifestyle benefits of LASIK;
-Figure out how much you pay yearly for comprehensive eye exams and glasses.
-Next, calculate how much you’re likely to spend on vision for the rest of your life. Don’t forget to account for inflation, which averages around 3%.
-Compare these costs to the one-time cost of the LASIK surgery. Also, you need to factor in the intangible and lifestyle benefits.
Per the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 90 percent of LASIK patients end up with vision somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40. Not all eyes are alike, so it is very important to make sure you discuss your expectations with your ophthalmologist to see if they’re realistic.
LASIK ophthalmic surgeon, Dr. Neil B. Griffin, Myrtle Beach, is committed to providing world class surgical technologies and the most advanced vision diagnostics to the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Griffin Eye Center offers more options for Laser Vision Correction with LASIK, PRK and the new minimally invasive procedure SMILE.
Griffin Eye Center has an on site LASIK suite with state-of-the-art lasers and a highly experienced staff to perform your Laser Vision Correction. Unlike other laser vision procedures that utilize your eye glasses prescription, Griffin Eye Center uses a refractive suite with advanced proven laser technology and your unique profile to deliver a treatment designed specifically for you.
Leading Ophthalmologist, Neil Griffin, M.D., is board certified and fellowship trained. He specializes in cataract, LASIK and corneal surgery. He has performed thousands of surgeries and continues to be on the forefront in Laser Vision Correction. Dr. Griffin has been named a Top Cataract Surgeon by Precision Eye Services. He has also received multiple local distinctions, including “Best Laser Vision Surgeon” and “Best Ophthalmologist” from 2018-2021.
For more information or to make an appointment to see if you are a candidate for LASIK visit griffineyecenter.com or call toll free 888-570-5789.