More and more people have been considering LASIK surgery over glasses and contact lenses. While the corrective lenses of the past have been great for dealing with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and corneal astigmatism, LASIK allows these patients added freedom, doing away with clunky frames and all that cleaning solution. Yet LASIK isn't an inexpensive option, and for some patients, it may not be in their budget. The team at our Bakersfield laser eye surgery center would like to look into these matters in brief detail.
The Average Cost of LASIK Surgery
Across the country, the average cost of LASIK is around $2,000 per eye, or approximately $4,000 for both eyes. Please note that this is just an average for practices all over the United States and not necessarily what your surgery will cost.
What Determines the Cost of LASIK
Some of the factors that determine LASIK cost include:
- Your geographic location
- The surgeon/practice you visit
- The complexity and particulars of your case
- Special offers or promotions
When you visit our laser vision correction practice in Bakersfield, we will give you a personal quote for LASIK surgery based on your vision care needs.
Will LASIK save me money in the long run?
In the case of contact lens wearers, LASIK can save you money in the long run. This depends on the contact lenses you wear, of course. In about 10 to 12 years, the cost of replacing contact lenses and purchasing cleaning fluid will amount to roughly the price of LASIK surgery, which means that LASIK is an ideal investment in lasting vision. Also take into account the convenience of not having to buy new lenses or cleaning solution, which doesn't have a price tag per se but may be a deciding factor for some patients.
With glasses, the cost will be determined by the frames and lenses selected. Some sources online speculate that wearing different pairs of prescription glasses for a lifetime would cost roughly the same amount as LASIK surgery. That said, convenience and comfort often come into play regarding the choice between glasses and LASIK.
Will insurance cover any of the LASIK surgery?
By and large, health insurance providers will not cover LASIK surgery since it's considered an elective procedure.
Financing Options for LASIK
Financing options for LASIK are similar to credit cards. A trusted third-party lender will pay for the total cost of LASIK upfront. The patient will then be responsible for making monthly payments on the LASIK surgery to that lender.
Is LASIK financing the right option for me?
Some patients find that financing options allow them to budget accordingly and plan ahead. Others may think that these payment plans are good for them and want to consider other options. Our eye care specialists in Bakersfield will be more than happy to discuss these issues in greater detail during your visit so you can make a wise decision based on all the facts.
Learn More About Laser Vision Correction
For more information about advanced laser vision correction treatment and what it means for you, be sure to contact our Bakersfield laser eye surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your eye health and eye care needs.