LASIK, or Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is the most popular form of laser vision correction available in the world. LASIK is perhaps the most revolutionary advance in ophthalmology in decades. This procedure has provided millions of people in the United States with greatly reduced dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
LASIK can treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.
LASIK is actually a two step procedure that uses two different types of lasers. First a flap is created in the cornea using a Femtosecond Laser. This flap is then lifted and a second type of laser - an Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct vision. Both of these lasers are "cool beam" lasers and do not burn tissue. Instead these computer-controlled lasers gently alter corneal tissue based on measurements obtained in a pre-operative consultation. Once the desired correction is reached, the flap is replaced and the procedure is complete.
To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (470) 315-1236.
Which factors affect the overall cost of laser eye surgery?
The surgeon and their location, the technology used and many additional features will all influence the price of LASIK surgery. In fact, surgeons who have been performing laser eye surgery longer may charge more for their services due to their increased experience and expertise with a variety of different vision correction procedures.
Additionally, the final cost can be drastically changed by whichever technology your doctor thinks is best for your eyes. Older, standard laser treatments cost less than the newer customized or optimized laser technologies.
Finally, the amenities included in your laser eye surgery package also have a large impact on the cost of the procedure. Some packages may include post-operative check-ups, after hours access to the surgeon, and enhancements, while others may only offer the price for the surgery itself.
Insurance and Laser Eye Surgery
Normally insurance does not cover the cost for laser eye surgery. However, some insurance companies do offer reduced rates depending on memberships and other group associations, like military or AAA holders.
Paying for Laser Eye Surgery with Health Spending Accounts
Many have access to a health spending account to assist with health related expenses. The cost of laser eye surgery can be covered through health spending accounts; but double check with your insurance provider.
Other ways of covering the cost of Laser Eye Surgery
In addition to membership rates and health spending accounts, there are several other pathways to affording LASIK. The pricing can be divided into monthly costs through financing from the Harbin Clinic Eye Center. The balance can also be transferred onto rewards-earning credit cards that may provide financing and other rewards-earning opportunities.
The True Cost of Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery is more than just an elective procedure; it can positively affect several aspects of a patient’s life. Having LASIK can drastically reduce other costs associated with vision correction, like glasses and contacts. Additionally, having corrective eye surgery allows patients to perform activities like diving, swimming, and travelling often without the hassle of corrective eyewear. When making the decision to have LASIK, it’s important to weigh not only the cost of the procedure, but also the numerous gains and positive changes you can experience after having laser vision correction surgery.