LASIK Average Cost
It’s hard for most of us to imagine life without clear vision, even if that means glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Even with the luxury of these corrective lenses, we still get frustrated with them sometimes. And everybody seems to know somebody who’s had LASIK eye surgery to eliminate the need for corrective lenses of any kind.
Ever consider LASIK for yourself? How much does that cost?
According to a report commissioned by AllAboutVision.com, the average LASIK cost in 2010 was:
- $2,150 per eye for all laser-based vision correction procedures (including LASIK)
- $1,580 per eye for non-customized LASIK using a bladed instrument (microkeratome) and excimer lasers that are not guided by wavefront analysis.
- $2,170 per eye for wavefront-guided LASIK using a laser-created flap.
When comparing the cost of the procedure, remember that the LASIK average cost is just the dollar amount in question. It does not clearly define the package of services that may, or may not, be included as part of that $2,150 LASIK average cost.
When the quote from one surgeon’s office is $2,150 for LASIK average cost, it may include the surgery and nothing else. Visits to the surgeon before surgery may cost extra. Visits to the surgeon after surgery, for follow-up care, may cost extra, too.
While the procedure is highly scientific, with computers to calibrate down to the tiniest degree, there may still be a need for an enhancement procedure after the initial procedure. When considering LASIK average cost, make sure you know if any potential enhancement procedures are included in the cost or if you’ll need to pay for them separately.
The $2,150 LASIK average cost you are weighing may come with a one-year satisfaction-guaranteed warranty or it might come with a lifetime guarantee. And it might not include a guarantee of any duration.
When considering LASIK average cost, consider the experience and reputation of the surgeon, too. If you know someone who is happy with their own LASIK procedure, find out who made them so happy. There’s no better recommendation than that of a happy patient, even if it means spending an amount that falls a little above the average cost of the surgery.
When comparing LASIK average cost, don’t limit your comparative analysis to just the LASIK procedure itself. Compare it to the cost of new glasses, contact lenses, and contact lens solutions, too, over the remainder of your life, to get the clearest picture possible of the real cost of LASIK surgery.