Is a deal on LASIK worth it?
Wanting to get a good price on any purchase is natural. However, getting a bargain on a new car is different than choosing an eye procedure based upon the cheapest price. If you are attracted to ads for LASIK at questionable prices – think $99, $199, $299 per eye – you should know those prices come with some pretty big caveats:
You may be charged for the initial consultation
The LASIK surgery cost may not include pre- and post-LASIK visits
Only the smallest and simplest of prescriptions qualify for low-cost procedures.
Low-cost LASIK probably will not include the most advanced technologies
Most LASIK practices offer free consults. Many offer prices that include follow-up visits and even retreatment procedures (if needed). Typically, only those with a small amount of nearsightedness (think less than -1D) are eligible for ultra-low prices at discount LASIK providers. Most patients wind up paying a lot more to correct their vision prescription.
Today’s modern LASIK laser technologies combine with advanced diagnostic instruments to improve both outcomes and safety and allow surgeons to customize the procedure to each patient, each eye. A highly qualified LASIK surgeon invests in these precise technologies for their patients’ benefit. The most advanced LASIK diagnostic and laser equipment are unlikely to be covered in a $99 price tag.
The best advice? Regardless of who you choose to work with, get a written cost estimate. It should itemize the costs involved in your procedure and care. Ask about any potential extra fees before committing to scheduling the procedure. And, of course, read the fine print.
This information is provided by the Refractive Surgery Council,
Leading LASIK Ophthalmologist, Neil B. Griffin, M.D, uses the most advanced vision diagnostics and latest lasers for LASIK surgery. Dr. Griffin received his highly specialized fellowship in cornea and external disease from the University of Texas in Houston. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Refractive Surgery Council.
Dr. Griffin Specializes in LASIK and cataract surgery. He was named by the National Consumer Advisory Board as one of America’s Best Physicians in 2021. He has received multiple local distinctions, “Best Ophthalmologist and Best Laser Eye Surgeon” from the Myrtle Beach Herald, the Carolina Forest Chronicle, and the North Strand News Readers’ Choice Award 2018-2021.