‘How much does LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery cost’ is a frequent question prospective patients ask when making the decision to have a LASIK procedure. The answer to this question may be more complex than it first seems. While better vision and the freedom from contact lenses and glasses is priceless, we know you have a budget to consider as well. Some people are surprised to learn that costs for laser eye surgery may vary throughout the nation from $2000 to $9000 per eye.
This extreme price range for LASIK surgery is the result of several factors. The total cost of LASIK operations may vary depending on the services provided, the tools used, the surgeons’ experience with each surgery, the degree of vision correction required by each patient, and the clinic’s location. Here are some points to consider to better understand the overall cost of LASIK.
Does location affect the cost of LASIK?
As with most things, location may affect the cost of LASIK eye surgery and all vision correction procedures. Laser vision correction often costs more in highly populated locations like New York City than in a smaller town where costs of living, such as food, housing, and taxes, may be lower. In Utah, the average LASIK cost is around $2,500 – $3,000 per eye.
When thinking about something as crucial as your eyesight, we do not advise finding the best deal for LASIK eye surgery or other vision correction procedures. Be sure to consider your LASIK surgeon and their training, expertise, equipment, and quality of service. You will often discover that the price of LASIK is closely correlated with the quality of care.
Does health insurance cover LASIK surgery in Utah?
Many patients ask, “will my insurance cover LASIK?” Insurance plans don’t cover LASIK (or other types of refractive surgery) as it is deemed an elective procedure. However, you may utilize funds from your health savings accounts (HSAs) or flexible spending accounts (FSAs) in Utah.
Does LASIK cost more with experienced staff?
The cost of LASIK may be influenced by the expertise of the personnel and the surgeon. Regular training for medical professionals and surgeons will result in greater expenses associated with offering top-notch treatment at vision clinics. If a vision correction procedure’s cost looks particularly low or discounted, it’s conceivable that not as much money has been spent on finding, retaining, and developing qualified professionals.
The amount of time your refractive surgeon spends before, during, and after your procedure also affects the price. Instead of a medical professional or surgeon doing the examination, some vision clinics choose to use sales employees. You may not get to see your surgeon until just before the treatment since they could employ visiting or outside surgeons to do surgeries. The quality of care may be compromised as a result of cost-cutting measures.
Waite Vision invests in equipment, diagnostics, and dedicated, full-time employees since it is a full-service vision correction facility that provides LASIK and its state-of-the-art alternatives. People who are looking for the finest LASIK in Utah often say they choose Waite Vision for this reason.
Do advanced technologies cost more?
The price of LASIK will be influenced by the practice’s investment in cutting-edge technology. LASIK centers offering only two treatment choices, such as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK, may charge less for their services. Such a practice may reduce the cost of the procedure and make up the difference via high sales volume and less expensive, bare-minimum equipment.
Every patient receives a comprehensive examination at Waite Vision using our advanced technology. During this 90-minute examination, we measure and scan your whole eye in three dimensions, from the cornea in the front to the retina in the back, using a wide range of cutting-edge diagnostic tools.
Does LASIK save you money?
LASIK may seem expensive to some, but in the long run, it will save you far more than it costs. By having LASIK at the age of 18, for instance, a person might potentially save more than $40,000 in vision-related expenses by the time they need reading glasses in their forties. Even while the initial expense of LASIK may intimidate some people, it is often more costly in the long run to wear glasses and contact lenses, and that’s before you take into account the freedom you gain from undergoing a vision correction surgery.
What other factors impact a LASIK provider’s cost to perform LASIK?
- The Femtosecond laser (the laser that creates the corneal flap)
- The Excimer laser (the laser that reshapes the cornea)
- “Click fees” – a licensing fee paid to the laser manufacturers for the use each of the aforementioned lasers.
- The price of the surgeon (the length of his or her training, surgical skills, and surgical judgement)
- The price of postoperative treatment
- The cost of operating the business, including overhead and marketing costs
How can I pay for LASIK eye surgery?
Most LASIK centers in Utah accept all common payment methods (cash, check, and credit card). At Waite Vision, we are happy to offer affordable financial options, through Utah Community Credit Union, Alphaeon Credit, and CareCredit. We also accept your Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), and Medical Savings Account (MSA) as payment.
Is LASIK tax deductible?
Yes! Surgery for laser vision correction is recognized as a tax-deductible expense by the IRS. If you have laser surgery, you could be eligible for a tax deduction. Speak with a tax professional for further information about your individual situation.