As technology continues to improve, vision correction has gotten more effective and more safe. Most people who undergo vision correction now, especially through LASIK surgery, have short recovery periods and notice few bad side effects. The procedure itself is conducted on an outpatient basis, since only a few hours recovery time are generally required. So LASIK is not only effective, but quick. But, for many, the big question is: How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?
Anyone considering LASIK surgery should first speak with an ophthalmologist about it to find out if he or she is a good candidate for the procedure. Not everyone is. Those who should legitimately consider it are those who are 18 or older, have no health problems with either of their eyes, and no cataracts, glaucoma, or other eye maladies.
You can expect to spend between $500 and $2500 for LASIK surgery per eye. Remember that all surgeons price per-eye. So if you need surgery on both eyes, you’ll need to double the amount they tell you. The simpler surgeries are the ones which will run closer to the $500 side of the price range. Also, the less-experienced surgeons will charge the lower rates. Keep this in mind before you decide that low cost will be the sole determining factor in selecting an eye surgeon. One other thing to remember is that many insurance companies won’t cover LASIK since it’s considered an elective surgery.
They might cost a bit more, but the more experienced ophthalmologists will take some time and talk with you about both the benefits and risks associated with LASIK. This way, you’ll know exactly what the surgery entails before you commit to having it done. Make sure you’ve taken time before you meet with the doctor to write up some questions. If the doctor ever declines to answer your questions fully, that should be a red flag to look elsewhere for the surgery.
Before you decide to spend money on LASIK, and before you decide how much you’ll spend, make sure you do your homework. Find out about all of your options before you commit. You really do get what you pay for, especially with LASIK eye surgery.
Let’s get to some practical suggestions as to evaluating LASIK eye surgery costs. First, make sure that a company, which advertises a certain price is offering that price in your particular situation. You’ll find that many discounts are only for those who need minimal correction. Some LASIK discounts only apply to people who need minimal vision correction. If you don’t find out ahead of time, you might be in for quite a shock when you see the physician.
Also, be certain that the costs quoted include the price for all follow-up visits. It’s best if you don’t have to pay anything extra for post-procedure follow-up trips to the doctor. Similarly, ask about the centers policy if you think you’re experiencing some unusual LASIK side effects from the procedure. And find out if the price you get includes enhancements done within one year following your surgery.
In summary, if you’ve decided you’d like to have LASIK done, make sure you find the best LASIK surgeon you can find that will not break your budget. Be sure to make the price that you pay worth it by ensuring that it covers more than the procedure itself, but visits that the surgery has made necessary. You might not get the cheapest doctor, but you can do your best to get the best value for your money.
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