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.† Donít 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
What is and isnít included in the LASIK
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
donít 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
consider this LASIK cost to be marginal in relation to the comfort
created by newly improved vision.