The cost of laser eye surgery is an important consideration when you’re deciding whether or not to have the LASIK or LASEK procedure. The question ‘How much does laser eye surgery cost’ is therefore something that most patients do ask themselves before embarking on their eye surgery journey.
Laser eye treatment costs, on average, about £1500 per eye, or more if you have a high prescription. While this may sound like a big outlay, it’s a sound investment you won’t regret, and one that compares very favourably to the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Some laser eye treatments can also be covered by health insurance, so it’s well worth checking your policy.
That depends on which laser eye surgeon you go to, and you should always check before you agree to go ahead with the procedure. There can be a charge for the initial consultation, and the actual laser eye surgery is paid for after you’ve been treated.
Which procedure will you have, and what does it cost to correct your particular prescription?
Does it include revisions? This is when the procedure is repeated in cases of over- or under-correction.
Wavefront technology allows the surgeon to correct the eye beyond the correction offered by glasses, treating tiny irregularities in the cornea to create almost perfect vision. Many laser eye surgeons believe that everyone deserves the best and offer wavefront as standard – you may find that these clinics are more expensive, but have better results.
Laser eye surgery will last you for the rest of your life, so the earlier you do it, the more worthwhile. Think of what you might spend £3000 on – is any of it more important than your eyesight? Laser eye surgery may also be cheaper than glasses or contact lenses. While there are some inexpensive glasses out there, many people choose lighter lenses with options like blue filters and anti-reflection features, which, of course, come with a higher price tag.
Disposable contact lenses can cost as much as £300 per year, so if you ditch your disposables in favour of laser eye treatment, the treatment will “pay for itself” in about ten years.
When you’re choosing a laser eye surgeon and comparing prices, it’s important to check what the price includes. Is the initial consultation included in the price, or is it separate? Are costs given “per eye” or for the whole package? What about aftercare and enhancements?
Correcting higher or complex prescriptions is usually more expensive.
It’s worth remembering that prices given on laser eye surgeons’ websites are usually just ballpark figures. The exact cost of correcting your prescription will be different, and if you have a high or complex prescription, the cost is likely to be higher. You will need to go for an initial consultation with the laser eye surgeon who will determine the complexity of the treatment required. After the consultation, the laser eye surgeon will be able to give you the cost of your laser treatment.
Most health insurance providers do not cover laser eye procedures to remove the need for glasses or contacts as this is deemed a cosmetic procedure. Some insurance companies cover the procedure to remove scarring on the cornea for example and it’s always worth checking in case you qualify. Many laser eye surgeons do all they can to keep treatments within the cover that insurance companies provide, so patients don’t get stung with unexpected costs.
Most companies offer interest-free credit, with the option to spread the cost over six, ten or twelve months to help with the finances where needed.
The cost of laser eye surgery is an important consideration, but more important still is your eyesight and the success of the procedure – safety and professionalism should be at the top of your list. Choose your laser eye surgeon based on his or her success rate, not the price.