LASIK Costs May Be More Affordable than You Think
posted on 6/18/2013
If you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have other vision problems that can be corrected with laser eye surgery, you may be wondering if you can cover the costs of LASIK procedures. Laser eye surgery has become increasingly affordable in the last ten years as more surgeons offer advanced treatment and more services.
Average LASIK costs in 2011 in the United States were$1,950 to $2,850+ per eye, depending on the type of laser used and the procedure. An increasing number of LASIK doctors now prefer Wavefront and IntraLASIK technologies. These treatments are priced slightly higher than the average.
Can you afford the costs of LASIK treatment? Here’s what you need to know:
Most Affordable LASIK Procedures
Out of all the different types of lasers and treatments available in the field of laser eye surgery, there are a few that are more affordable and still very effective for treating vision problems. Standard LASIK procedures cost an average of $1,800 per eye. Flapless laser eye surgery, another popular procedure for men and women who want to enjoy the benefit of fewer risks associated with surgery, costs an average of $1,950 per eye.
Take a look at the key factors that influence lasik costs.
Paying for Your LASIK and Laser Eye Surgery Procedure
Eye doctors sets their own prices for each treatment and the final price is typically based on several factors including: the doctor’s experience, medications and recovery treatments, type of laser and technologies used, and general office operational costs. You can ask for a LASIK cost breakdown when you meet with your surgeon during your consultation.
Laser eye surgery may be more affordable when you have some help through a patient financing program or a private payment plan offered through the LASIK doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about different financing options because many people don’t pay for LASIK costs with cash. Doctors understand that treatment costing $4,000 to $5,000 or more is a significant amount of money for most, and they are willing to work with patient financing providers or set up a payment plan that fits within your budget.
These plans help you break up payments with very little or no interest so you can cover your costs without a heavy debt burden.