Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Cost of LASIK

The cost of LASIK surgery is generally considered to be high because of the idea of using lasers and other high tech equipment. However, the cost of LASIK continues to come down due to improvements being made to the overall process. Don’t simply go to the lowest cost when choosing a surgeon; consider the following that may increase cost.

- Leasing or purchasing of the laser as well as maintenance of the blades or lasers can increase LASIK cost.
- Per eye fee to the developer or manufacturer of the laser to pay for the cost of the machine.
- Gowns, masks, gloves, medications, or surgical solutions to keep the operating room sterile and safe.
- Advertising and insurance for the office.
- The cost of LASIK can be reduced if the surgeon is part of the staff, eliminating his fee.

When you are considering different LASIK surgery opportunities you should question your surgeon on what is included in the cost of the LASIK surgery.

- What is and isn’t included in the LASIK cost?
- What will I be charged for if complications occur or enhancements are needed?
- What is the cost for LASIK medications such as anti-inflammatory or painkillers?
- What is the cost for temporary contact lenses if they are needed after LASIK?
- What is the cost of the follow-up visits related to LASIK?

Finally, you should get in contact with your insurance company to determine if they will cover the cost of the LASIK surgery. Some insurance companies don’t cover LASIK cost because they consider the surgery to be cosmetic. If financing is not a problem you should strongly consider using the LASIK surgeon who best suits your needs and concerns.

The FDA considers the average cost of LASIK surgery to be $1,344 in 2005, a significant decrease from the original numbers listed in 2002 of nearly $1,600. Many consider this LASIK cost to be marginal in relation to the comfort created by newly improved vision.