LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is the most popular form of laser vision correction available today. 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.
How does LASIK work?
LASIK is a two-step procedure.
First, your surgeon will use a small, surgical tool known as a microkeratome to create a flap in the cornea. In bladeless LASIK, this flap will be created with a femtosecond laser.
The flap is then lifted, and a second type of laser, an excimer laser, is used to reshape the cornea and correct vision.
Lasers used in LASIK 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.
How much does LASIK cost?
There are many factors that affect the overall cost of laser eye surgery like LASIK.
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. 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.
Does insurance cover LASIK?
Normally insurance does not cover the cost for laser eye surgery. However, some insurance companies offer reduced rates depending on memberships and other group associations, like military or AAA holders.
What about HSAs and FSAs?
In most instances, the cost of laser eye surgery can be covered through health spending accounts. We recommend double checking with your insurance provider.
Other ways to afford LASIK
In addition to membership rates and health spending accounts, there are several other pathways to affording LASIK. The cost can be divided into monthly payment 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 LASIK 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.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (470) 315-1236.