How Much Does LASIK Eye Surgery Cost in 2024?
By Dr. Anthony Nappi / Feb 1, 2024 / 5 min. read
Considering LASIK eye surgery? Learn about the cost of this popular procedure and what factors can influence pricing.
How Much Does LASIK Eye Surgery Cost?
Did you know that according to the American Optometric Association, contact lenses cost $120 to $1200 per year, depending on the kind of contact lenses you choose? Even if you have insurance, it won’t cover the 100% cost of your prescription glasses or contact lenses in most cases.
That’s why we recommend LASIK eye surgery as an affordable alternate option. In the article below, we will discuss everything related to LASIK eye surgery costs so you can decide if paying for LASIK is in your best interest.
Understanding the Average LASIK Eye Surgery Cost
LASIK eye surgery cost isn’t something that can be defined quite as easily. It depends on a wide variety of factors, such as:
- Surgical experience
- Insurance benefits
- Technology (e.g., the kind of lasers used)
- Eye prescription
On average, LASIK costs between $1999 per eye to $4000 or more per eye. As you can see, this is quite a price range. Let’s go into detail with each cost factor.
Depending on the state you live in, your LASIK eye surgery costs will vary widely. It’s hard to say precisely how much LASIK surgery costs near you vs. New York because it depends on many factors, such as the market. But you can surmise that LASIK prices would probably be higher in places like New York or Boston because they have higher living costs, in general.
LASIK eye surgeons who have been practicing for longer, who have more surgeries under their belt, and who have more experience with a wide variety of prescriptions and technologies, charge more. The reason is that you can trust these surgeons more since they have had so many successful LASIK eye surgeries.
Do you have a great insurance provider that covers LASIK eye surgeries? If that’s the case, then your costs will go down immensely. Even if you are paying out of pocket, there are other cost-saving financial options (more on that later).
LASIK technology is constantly evolving and improving. Bladeless LASIK procedures are becoming more popular, but they are also more expensive. Adding customization to your LASIK eye surgery will also add to the cost.
Prescription is a huge factor in determining your LASIK cost. The higher your prescription, the more expensive your surgery may be at some LASIK centers. At Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, we DO NOT charge more for higher prescriptions. During your LASIK consultation, you and your ophthalmologist will discuss at length your prescription.
Don’t Be Fooled by Cheap LASIK Ads
You’ve probably seen these ads floating around either on television or bus stands all around your city. Get LASIK for as cheap as $499, these ads shout out.
Wow, you must be thinking. Why would you pay $1500 or more for LASIK when you can get it for less than $500?
There are many reasons to remain wary of these ads. We explain some of them below:
Those Cheap Ads Probably Don’t Apply to You
What these cheap ads don’t mention is that the $499 cost only applies to a small section of the population with a very small prescription and with little or no astigmatism at all. You probably don’t fall in that category at all.
Also, just because you might fall into this category, it still doesn’t mean you qualify for this low price. You would only find out once the surgeon does a LASIK consultation with you, and by then, they might have jacked up the price to $1500 or more. Don’t get fooled by these ads!
They Don’t Account for the Full Cost of LASIK
Another problem with these low cost LASIK ads is that they don’t account for the full cost of LASIK. So you might end up paying extra for a bunch of standard LASIK treatment after the fact. Things like:
- Office visits (before and after your surgery)
- Any additional technologies used
- Astigmatism treatment
- Re-treatments in case the first LASIK eye surgery wasn’t enough
- Any incidental fees like eye drops, prescriptions, etc.
- Facility fees
All of this should be included in the full cost of your LASIK eye surgery. But sometimes these cheap ads remove these costs, and then tack them on later, once you’ve been drawn into the clinic.
Sometimes LASIK Isn’t the Best Option for You
Remember also that LASIK sometimes isn’t the best option for you. Perhaps your case might be more suited for lens implants or some other procedure. That’s why it’s so important to find an experienced LASIK surgeon who can give you the best treatment for you.
Give Yourself a True Discount on LASIK
If you are worried and pondering about how much LASIK costs, then we have a great solution for you. The Lifetime Vision Plan is Barnet Dulaney Perkins’ commitment to maintaining your highest quality of vision throughout a lifetime. Our surgeons are so confident in the stability of our patients’ results over time that we offer lifetime vision enhancements for our patients who qualify for free Vision for Life.
There are some great financing options you can use to pay for LASIK.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Check if your employer offers flexible spending accounts to offset medical expenses. What happens in these accounts is that you are allowed to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax dollars for medical costs, including the LASIK surgery cost. If this is an option with your employer, then take advantage of it to pay for your LASIK eye surgery.
Financing W/ Care Credit as an Option
We here at Barnet Dulaney Perkins also offer financing options where you can pay your LASIK in affordable installments using a Care Credit card. These are different from regular cards and are used to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses that are not covered by medical or vision insurance.
Both long-term and short-term LASIK financing options are available. You can read more about Care Credit here.
Alphaeon Credit is similar to the Care Credit option, where you can get pre-qualified for a certain financing option. Then you can pay off your LASIK eye surgery cost using affordable monthly payments. Read more about Alphaeon here.
How do I determine the real value of my LASIK surgery?
The problem with most folks is that they might look at the $2000 or $3500 cost of doing LASIK eye surgery in Phoenix and balk at it. But they aren’t looking at the full picture.
For example, if you are paying, on average, $500 per year for contact lenses or eyeglass prescriptions, that cost will add up to quite a bit over a lifetime. If you start wearing glasses or contact lenses when you are 15 years old and wear them until you are 65 or 70, that’s $25,000 to $27,500 over that 50 to 55-year period.
That’s much more expensive than the $2000 or so that you would pay for LASIK eye surgery in Phoenix. In addition, as you get older, your prescription changes and becomes worse, which means, that you might need prescription eyeglasses for long distances and another one for reading. That’s doubling your cost every year.