Is LASIK Expensive?
The cost of LASIK eye surgery varies drastically across the country. Several factors influence the LASIK cost, but the average price most people pay is about $2,000 per eye.
The price you’ll pay for your LASIK depends on several factors, including:
- The type of laser technology you choose
- The type of surgical instrument used to create the corneal flap
- If your pre-op exam and follow-up visits are covered in the fee
- If your post-op medications are included in the fee
- If retreatments (if necessary) are covered in the fee
- The skill, reputation, and experience of your refractive surgeon
- The community and area of the country you live in
The least expensive LASIK procedure is standard (non-wavefront-guided) LASIK; during this procedure, the corneal flap is created with a mechanical microkeratome. This is somewhat outdated LASIK technology.
The highest-priced option typically is wavefront-guided custom LASIK performed with the latest-technology excimer laser and a femtosecond laser for the corneal flap. Wavefront-guided technology uses precise computer-generated mapping of the eye to guide the excimer laser as it reshapes the cornea, often providing better visual outcomes than standard LASIK.
The eye surgeon performing your procedure will also influence the cost of LASIK eye surgery. Surgeons with the most experience tend to charge a bit more because they bring lots of expertise to the table.
LASIK Financing Options
To help patients afford LASIK and other vision correction procedures, many refractive surgeons offer financing plans to fit any budget. In some cases, 0% financing is available for a limited payback period. Ask your eye surgeon for information about available financing plans during your LASIK consultation.
You only have one set of eyes. Choose wisely when it comes to laser vision correction surgery — don’t let the cost of the procedure be your primary consideration. To learn more about LASIK in Rapid City or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, contact Wright Vision Center at 605-718-5123 or website.