The Cost of Lasik Eye Surgery
The cost of Lasik eye surgery pales in comparison to the
many advantages it offers. Millions of these surgeries have been performed in
recent years with an extraordinary success rate being reported.
LASIK Price Increases
Prices for LASIK eye surgery have been rising for the past
several years. One reason is because new procedures are used such as "custom
LASIK" which is more expensive than traditional LASIK. Another reason is
because new technologies such as intralase technology, increases procedures
- In 2002, the average LASIK laser eye surgery cost
ranged between $1,550 and $1,600.
- By October 2003, it had already increased to
- At the end of 2004, LASIK laser eye surgery cost raised
- In the first half of 2005, the average price was
TLC Laser Eye Centers, a leading LASIK
provider, had an average price of $1,800 in 2002. At the end of 2004, the
average LASIK laser eye surgery cost rose to $1,957 and at the beginning of
2005 the price was $1,983.
LasikPlus, another famous nationwide
provider, reported an average price of $1,344 per eye in 2005, which is
slightly lower than $1,351 at the end of 2004, but much higher than $1,173 at
the beginning of 2003.
Laser eye surgery cost varies widely from one clinical
center to another and depends on several different factors. The only stable
standard is that all providers will quote a laser eye surgery price per eye.
Why do the Prices Vary?
Although there are advertisements that claim they offer
LASIK eye surgery from $500 per eye, most people are either not eligible for
that cost or needs extensive correction and treatment after surgery. Actually,
it has been shown that only about three percent of all LASIK providers have a
laser eye surgery cost lower than $1000 per eye.
One reason prices vary
is that different providers perform different levels of preoperative testing so
it is very important you should determine if in the quoted price are included
Also the cost of testing and surgery equipment
varies widely. Technologies for tear film analysis, eye tracking, and
measurements of corneal thickness, the laser and corneal topography and pupil
size, are available at various prices and are reflected in the procedure fees.
When you hear about a clinical center that offers laser eye surgery at
bargain prices, you'd better check the fine print thoroughly for hidden costs.
What Are You Paying for?
Refractive surgery fees
should cover a variety of costs such as lease or purchase and maintenance of
the laser, corneal ring segments, microkeratome and/or other devices used. The
excimer laser manufacturer receives a royalty fee of $100 to $150 per eye to
develop the machine. If it's a custom procedure the royalty fee per eye is
between $145 and $250, depending on the laser manufacturer.
In the cost
of lasik surgery are also included masks, gloves, gowns and other items to make
sure the operation is kept sterile.
And let's not forget about surgical
solutions, medications and microkeratome blades used during the surgery; office
and surgical staff benefits and salaries, office equipment, rent, and office
administration; insurance, patient acquisition costs, which include seminars
and advertising, and surgeon's fees if he or she is not on staff.
Prices for Other Types of Eye Surgery
Other types of eye surgery have different prices, also
varying upon many factors, such as individual prescription, the surgeon you
choose and the place where you live. Here are the average prices per eye for
other common eye surgery procedures:
- Corneal inserts: $2,800 to $3,800
- CK: $1,200 to $2,500
- PRK: $1,000 to $1,800
- LASEK: approximately the same prices as for LASIK
Financing is available to help you reduce
laser eye surgery cost. There are many financing companies specialized in
elective procedures which offer plans with long-term payments and fixed rates.
Many laser eye surgery centers and private surgeons work with one of these
companies to be able to offer more affordable financing plans to their
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afford Laser eye surgery?
Most insurance plans wont cover eye
surgery cost since it is an elective surgery and linked more closely with
cosmetic surgery. There are exceptions, however, but in most cases insurance
Why Does The Cost of
LASIK Eye Surgery Vary?
As far as the cost of LASIK eye surgery is
concerned, the only worldwide standard is that prices are quoted per eye.
However, the cost depends on several factors and varies from one provider to
Affecting Laser Eye Surgery Prices
The laser eye surgery price varies
extensively for a variety of factors. The location of the office where the
procedure is performed, the experience of the doctor that performs it, and the
type of procedure that is being used.