The Bottom Line About LASIK Pricing
What's the difference between affordable and cheap?
You may have seen or heard ads for LASIK offering extremely low pricing like $99 per eye, “as low as” base prices, or even “pay for one eye get one free.”
Sound too good to be true? It probably is…
The reality is that very few customers qualify for these low introductory prices after having their eyes evaluated. Even if they qualify, the final cost is often much greater than advertised.
Here are three ways to determine if you’re getting a true bargain from a reputable LASIK practice or you’re just falling for a bait and switch:
1. Transparent pricing
Beware of places that advertise cheap surgery pricing for “qualified” candidates only to charge you a fee to determine if you meet those qualifications.
The majority of LASIK practices offer a free consultation to determine if you’re a good candidate before they sell you anything.
Most reputable practices will give you a clear price quote for the procedure. You’ll also know if that includes any pre- and post-LASIK visits, along with any enhancements or retreatments after the initial procedure, if needed.
If a practice is reluctant to provide anything in writing or starts to add on charges for anything outside of the LASIK procedure itself, you might want to look elsewhere.
2. Payment options are clearly explained
LASIK is considered an elective procedure by most insurance companies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket for the whole thing.
Many insurance companies offer discounts (up to 15%) and LASIK is a qualifying expense for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs).
Many practices also offer financing through programs like CareCredit, a healthcare credit card company. Patients who qualify receive 12 months interest-free. You can learn more about CareCredit here (Grene Laser partners with this program).
3. The price and practice should be a fit for YOU
On average, LASIK costs around $4,200, but the actual cost can vary depending on your vision, goals, and needs—all things that can and should be discussed with your surgeon during the consultation.
You should feel comfortable with the surgeon and staff and be able to ask questions about the procedure and the technology used as well as any out of pocket costs. Expect clear and understandable answers to your questions - not like you’re just a number or there for a sales pitch.
For many patients, being able to call or visit a local office staffed with local people is something of value to be considered along with the cost of LASIK itself. This is especially important to consider as you make plans for getting to and from the practice after the procedure and how much time your eyes will need to heal.
Affordable doesn’t have to mean cheap
When considering LASIK, you should feel informed, comfortable, and confident. Ask yourself:
- Have your questions been answered clearly? Have the surgery, cost, and payment options been explained to you upfront without gimmicks or pressure?
- Do you trust the surgeon and staff? Have they taken the time to put you at ease? Do they have a good reputation in your community?
- Is your LASIK procedure being done with the best technology available?
Your vision is valuable. Correcting it with the highest quality of care and service can be affordable—but it doesn’t have to be cheap.
If you’re exploring LASIK and wondering if it’s right for you, we’d love to sit down with you for a free consultation.