Is LASIK expensive?
Not counting discounts, the average price of LASIK today is about $4,400. That represents a significant investment for most of us, making it difficult to believe that LASIK is less expensive today than ever before.
But, it turns out, that is the truth. In fact, the price of LASIK has remained relatively stable for the past 10 years, while many other economic factors have risen. So much so, that it is estimated that today’s LASIK is approximately 20 percent less expensive than it was just ten years ago.
Is LASIK getting cheaper?
In 2008, the cost of LASIK was also about $4,000, but in today’s dollars, that would be closer to $5,300. However, today the price of LASIK is about $4,400. That alone is a 20 percent reduction in the price of LASIK over time. Plus, today’s average hourly wage has increased over that timeframe to more than $30. In 2008, the average American worker needed to work 186 hours to afford a LASIK procedure; today that figure is 146 hours – a 20 percent decrease in terms of work time.
But, there is more to the story. While the price of LASIK hasn’t changed significantly, there has been a tremendous amount of innovation that has gone into today’s advanced LASIK technologies – making what was already a very good procedure even safer and with better visual outcomes.
Today’s LASIK treatment profiles are significantly more precise, achieving 20/20 vision for more than 90 percent of patients and more than 50 percent achieving better than 20/20. This precision translates into an even higher safety record. LASIK’s exceptional safety is further supported with more advanced diagnostic technology that helps not only guides a more customized vision correction procedure but also provides valuable information to surgeons to help screen out those patients who aren’t good candidates for LASIK.
Leading ophthalmologist, Dr. Neil B. Griffin, uses the latest and most advanced lasers. We are the only center who has an on-site state-of-the-art LASIK Suite in the local region. Griffin Eye Center is the first in South Carolina to offer the latest advancements of both the Wavelight® EX500 excimer laser and the VisuMax® laser. The laser speed and accuracy allows Dr. Griffin the ability to expand treatment capabilities, enhancements of current treatments, broaden range of correction and provide the ultimate outcomes for our patients seeking LASIK surgery.
Dr. Griffin is committed to providing world class surgical technology and the most advanced vision diagnostics to the South and North Carolina Area. His patients come from all over for LASIK and Cataract surgery. Some areas like Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Georgetown, Little River, South Carolina, and Calabash, Shallotte, North Carolina.