Cost of LASIK versus Contact Lenses
Cost is one of the most common reservations when it comes to LASIK surgery. But according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Americans spend an astounding $15 billion per year on eye wear. Whether you have insurance coverage or not, at least some portion of your eye care expenses will be out of pocket. If you are debating the cost of LASIK versus contact lenses, it begs the question: “What is the difference in price?”
For those whose vision has been compromised by refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, clear vision comes at a price. Whether you choose LASIK surgery to permanently correct vision or contact lenses for an ongoing solution to 20/20 eyesight, you are investing in your ability to see. It really comes down to long-term benefits versus short term costs. While initially LASIK may seem expensive as it can vary $1,000 to $5,000 per eye, contact lens replacements add up quickly with an average range of $200 to $1,000 per year. Most people generally spend about $250 a year on contact lenses but if you factor that number over the lifespan of wear as well as any changes to your prescription, LASIK comes out on top of being the more affordable choice. LASIK will likely pay for itself sooner than contact lenses with the added benefit of not having to worry about the maintenance and care needed every day. If you wear contacts over 30 years, you will likely pay upwards of $30,000 or more if you also use prescription glasses in addition to contacts. LASIK is highly cost effective in the long run when costs are usually no more than $5,000 in total.
Health savings plan accounts (HSA) may afford you the option to save up to 30% on the total LASIK procedure. Some employers also offer contribution matches that can help to offset costs associated with the surgery. Many vision centers also offer vision plan discounts for laser vision correction surgery that ultimately cost a fraction of contact lenses and prescription glasses.
To learn more about what Wright Vision Center can offer you with affordable ways to save on your LASIK procedure, visit WEBSITE. For a comprehensive eye exam to determine if LASIK is right for you, book an appointment by calling 605-718-5123.