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 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. CareCredit offers patients financing options with up to 24 months 0% interest.
• Figure out how much you pay yearly for comprehensive eye exams and glasses. The average cost of contact lenses over a 15 year period $7,500 to 10,500 and an average of cost for prescription eyeglasses over a 15 year period $4,500.
• Next, calculate how much you are likely to spend on vision for the rest of your life. Do not forget to account for inflation.
• Compare these costs to the one-time cost of the LASIK surgery. Also, you need to factor in the intangible and lifestyle benefits.
Not all eyes are alike, so it is important to make sure you discuss your expectations and risks with your ophthalmologist to see if they are realistic.
Dr. Neil B. Griffin is one of the leading ophthalmologists in the area and specializes in Cataract and LASIK surgery. He is committed to providing world class surgical technology and the most advanced vision diagnostics to the South Carolina area. Griffin Eye Center offers the latest in cataract surgery with the most advanced Intra-Ocular lenses. We are the first in the US to offer the FDA approved Zepto® Capsulotomy System and continue to be on the forefront with the most advanced lasers for LASIK surgery and offer more options for Laser Vision Correction.
Visit www.griffineyecenter.com to learn more about which advanced technology lens or laser vision correction is right for you or call 843-449-6414.