Should I Wait to Have LASIK?
Comparing the Cost of LASIK, Contact Lenses & Glasses
LASIK vision correction surgery is something that many people with refractive errors such as myopia and hyperopia, are considering for a variety of reasons. From being able to wake up with clear vision to the freedom of enjoying the outdoors without contacts or glasses, LASIK has mass appeal. While the price of LASIK has improved over the years, many still do consider it to be the biggest obstacle to overcome. A question often pondered by would-be patients is how long it would take to pay off LASIK vs. wearing contact lenses or glasses for a lifetime.
LASIK Cost Savings Options
There are a few options to help decrease the financial burden that comes with LASIK. Both LASIK or PRK are typically not covered by insurance, however, many insurance providers do offer a discount for policyholders. Give us a call today to find out if your insurance qualifies you for special savings on LASIK or PRK.
Flexible spending accounts can be used to pay for LASIK or PRK; however, employers are required to limit the amount that can put aside each year to $2500. For more information on flexible spending accounts, click here.
There are several companies that offer financing for LASIK and PRK. By taking advantage of 0% financing options, you can reduce the financial burden and enjoy the benefits of LASIK today.
LASIK vs. Contact Lenses
We are currently offering $1000 off LASIK and decided to use this price in our comparison. The typical cost for wearing contact lenses is $300 per year. This price includes solution but does not include doctor visits. Insurance may bring this amount down depending on the coverage. That would mean you would have spent an equal amount on contact lenses after approximately 9 years!
LASIK vs. Glasses
Continuing to use the discounted rate mentioned above, we decided to compare the cost of wearing eyeglasses to having LASIK. The average cost for eyeglasses is $244 according toConsumer Reports Health. Designer frames and special UV coatings come with a higher price tag. After purchasing only 11 pairs of glasses, the cost for LASIK or PRK has been matched.
The benefits of both LASIK and PRK are tremendous and long term. 86% of people under the age of 40 who had LASIK still do not wear glasses for distance. Once people pass their 40’s, the need for reading glasses increases regardless of whether or not laser vision correction has been performed. If you have been considering LASIK or PRK, now is an excellent time to move forward as our $1000 off promotion ends August 31st. For more information, call (919) 876-2427 today!