What Is The Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Jeff Machat, President and LASIK surgeon of Crystal Clear Vision, discusses the basic cost of LASIK eye surgery.

    Dr. Jeffery J. Machat: I am Dr. Jeff Machat, Medical Director of Crystal Clear Vision. Today I am going to discuss the cost of LASIK surgery. You really cannot pick up a newspaper or listen to music on the radio without hearing some clinic advertise about LASIK. LASIK is advertised for a few hundreds dollars per eye, to a few thousand dollars per eye. So what is right? No one wants to have their eyes treated at the cheapest place, but no one wants to feel as if they've overpaid as well. So why is there so much confusion as to how much LASIK should cost? The short answer is twofold. LASIK is not performed in only one way but with different technologies, techniques, and approaches. How LASIK is performed will determine your cost. Secondly, the LASIK fee quoted can include or exclude a variety of tests, medications, treatments, and after care, so the fee quoted could exactly be a fraction of what you will end up paying. In general, you should expect to pay about $2,000 per eye for high quality premium LASIK, but the fee can be higher with a more experienced surgeon or with higher, more complicated prescriptions. Most importantly, you need to understand what type of LASIK procedure and technology a clinic is offering. Premium LASIK uses a femtosecond to create the corneal flap and a customized wavefront-guided technique to treat your prescription. This is usually referred to as custom all-laser LASIK. In general, this offers the best clinical results and the highest safety profile for most patients. Now that you have a better understanding and appreciation of the cost of LASIK, you can make an informed decision on what's right for you.