LASIK Costs - What to Expect

November 28, 2015 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Lasik Eye Care

A female patient talking with a doctorLASIK surgery can permanently correct the refractive errors that cause blurry vision. These errors, known more commonly as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, can be addressed with eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, for patients that wish to reduce or eliminate their need for these visual aids, LASIK is the most popular solution. At Byrd Eye Clinic, Dr. Thomas Byrd employs the use of state-of-the-art laser vision correction technology to safely and effectively improve patients’ vision. But before patients proceed with treatment, they need to know how much LASIK costs. Contact our Detroit, MI practice today to schedule a consultation for your personal LASIK screening and quote.

How Much Will My LASIK Surgery Cost?

The individual cost of LASIK surgery depends on a number of factors. The only way that we can provide you with an accurate price quote is to have you come into our office for a LASIK evaluation. During your exam, we will:

  • Measure the amount of refractive error. Generally, the price of LASIK increases if the patient has a higher degree of refractive error
  • Determine if astigmatism is also present. The cost of LASIK may increase if the patient has astigmatism.
  • Discuss the LASIK technology that is available. Dr. Byrd uses the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ femtosecond laser to create the flap in the cornea. The laser replaces the need for the handheld microkeratome blade, which is associated with a higher rate of complications. Dr. Byrd also uses advanced wavefront diagnostic technology to measure lower order aberrations (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) and higher order aberrations (such as those that cause glare and poor night vision). With custom wavefront LASIK, patients can experience improved results and higher quality vision. Patients should keep in mind that the use of this technology can result in higher LASIK prices when compared to practices that use the microkeratome blade and traditional LASIK technology.

The One-time Cost of LASIK vs. the Lifetime Costs of Visual Aids

When deciding if LASIK, glasses, or contact lenses are right for you, it is helpful to compare the lifetime costs of these treatments.

  • LASIK surgery requires just one fee. Typically, the cost of surgery ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 per eye.
  • The average person spends about $250 per year on contact lenses, cleaning solutions, saline solutions, eye drops, and contact lens cases. That means that over the course of 10 years, you would be spending $2,500 on contact lenses. In 20 years, your lifetime cost for contact lenses would be at $5,000, a number that exceeds the price of most patients’ LASIK procedures.
  • On average, prescription eyeglasses cost $200. If you were to replace your glasses every other year, you would end up spending $1,000 on glasses in 10 years, and $2,000 on glasses over 20 years.

While LASIK requires an upfront fee that is often intimidating to patients, over the course of a lifetime, LASIK generally costs less than eyeglasses and contact lenses.

To schedule your personal LASIK consultation, contact Byrd Eye Clinic today.

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