Making the decision to undergo LASIK can be a big one – there are many factors to consider. One of those factors is the price: the cost for LASIK can add up to thousands of dollars per eye. For an investment like that, you want to be sure that LASIK is right for you. Read on to find out about the cost benefits that LASIK can offer.
LASIK can take the place of expensive contact lenses or glasses.
Instead of purchasing multiple new boxes of contact lenses per year or a new set of glasses each time your eyes change, there is a procedure that can correct your vision for the long-term. And while the price may seem daunting, there are different options for covering it. Many employers allow you to save money for the procedure by setting aside pretax dollars in Flexible Spending Accounts that you can then use to cover the procedure. Additionally, the LASIK provider can can offer financing options to help you cover the cost of the procedure. Williamson provides a CareCredit financing option for patients.
So let’s put it into perspective.
A box of contacts usually contains about six lenses and can range from $25 to $80. Different types of lenses can be more or less expensive than others: disposable contacts need to be replaced more frequently than others, which means they add up throughout the year, taking more money out of your pocket. Toric lenses that are used to correct astigmatism are more expensive than other contact lenses and can cost up to $80 a box. Like disposable contacts, you’ll still need to purchase multiple boxes per year, racking up hundreds of dollars spent on eyecare. These prices don’t take into consideration people who need more expensive lenses with add-ons like anti-reflective coatings, high-index plastic, polycarbonate lenses, polarized lenses and single vision or progressive lenses, which could add hundreds more to the annual cost. And when you consider glasses, most people replace their eye glasses annually or every two years due to changing eyesight and must pay for a new set of lenses and frames.
While these costs may still seem minimal compared to the price of LASIK, there’s one factor that makes LASIK worth getting: these numbers are giving you an idea of the annual cost, not a lifetime cost. When you have eyesight that needs to be corrected, you unfortunately have to deal with it for the rest of your life, which means buying glasses or contact lenses year after year to accommodate your corrected vision.
According to Wanda Northam, M.D., if you wear contacts and glasses, your expenses over thirty years add up quickly and surprisingly become quite expensive. While LASIK may seem an expensive option upfront, over time LASIK presents significant savings with a one-time procedure to correct your vision. No more messing with contacts each morning or trying to find your glasses when your vision is blurry.
So is LASIK worth it?
With the investment of clear vision and a one-time procedure, you can save yourself the headache of buying eyeglasses, contact lenses and paying the fees for visits to the eye doctor for years to come.
At Williamson Eye Institute, we are committed to preserving and protecting our patients’ eye health throughout their lives. To find out more about our services, visit our website or call our office to schedule a personal consultation. You can also find us on Facebook or LinkedIn.
At Williamson Eye Institute, we are committed to preserving and protecting our patients’ eye health throughout their lives. To find out more, visit our website or call our office to schedule a personal consultation. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.