Over the years, the price of LASIK has evolved from very expensive few could afford to one that is less pricey. There are still centers that offer LASIK for prices similar to what they were 15 years ago; however, the price has remained relatively stable over the past decade, averaging $2150 per eye nationally. We are a highly promotion driven society, especially with the popularity of Groupon and Living Social. We want the best deal we can get. The team at Raleigh Eye Center also bargain shop on many things – it is only natural to want to save as much money as possible. Yet it is important to understand what you should and should not bargain shop for. LASIK is a perfect example of a procedure that should not be bargained for. Learn why here:
Smoke and Mirrors
There are centers that offer rock bottom prices for LASIK in their advertisements as an inducement to schedule a consultation. Once you arrive at their center and have a consultation, the price often increases significantly. This can sometimes be attributed to higher prescriptions, lasers and other equipment used during the procedure, as well as the surgeon that will perform the procedure.
The phrase, you get what you pay for, should be used as a guideline when considering any medical procedure. While every surgeon has to learn how to perform LASIK at some point in their life, experience does make a difference when it comes to results. An experienced surgeon is considered to be one who has performed at least 500 procedures. You should also know what their complication rate is. Additionally, they should be an ophthalmologist (M.D.) and certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Performing LASIK should also be a large portion of their medical practice.
Just as the price of LASIK has changed over the years, so too has the technology. The lasers that reshape the cornea, correcting vision, have improved over the years. Yet there are some centers that offer outdated equipment to patients in exchange for a lower price. Be sure that the technology offered at the facility you are considering is up to date and produces excellent results.
Do your homework before scheduling an appointment with someone based upon price. Ask around, chances are you know at least one person that has had LASIK. Find out who did their procedure and if they are pleased with the results. Recommendations from people you know can be powerful! In next week’s blog we will discuss what questions you should ask a potential surgeon during the consultation.