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.
• Are you one of the tax filers fortunate enough to receive a tax refund this year? This is another excellent way to offset LASIK costs.
• 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.
Understanding the financial aspect of laser vision correction is an important aspect of making the decision, but not more so than selecting a highly qualified surgeon and having a thorough evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure.
For more information on LASIK visit griffineyecenter.com or toll free 888-570-5789 • Direct 843-449-6414.