Laser eye surgery is a procedure designed to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. Its goal is to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for contact lenses or glasses. It is a relatively quick procedure, taking about an average of 30 minutes. The procedure itself is quite simple and involves the following steps:
- Patients are given drops to numb their eye.
- The surgeon marks areas of the eye where incisions will be made.
- The patient’s eye is fitted with a retainer to keep the patient’s eyelids from closing.
- The patient’s eye is also fitted with a suction ring to hold the eye still and to ensure. there is enough pressure created to firm up the eye for the cutting by the laser.
- Cuts are made by the laser to create a flap to expose the inner corneal tissue
- The laser removes the tissue to reshape the cornea and replaces the outer corneal tissue.
A patient’s vision is expected to be blurry right after the surgery and a checkup is schedule about 24 to 48 hours after surgery. And patients can expect to notice clearer vision within a few days after surgery.
The cost of laser eye surgery varies widely by practice and region, but the average cost of the procedure per eye is around $1,500 to $3,000. It is important for individuals thinking about getting laser eye surgery to understand that anyone claiming to do the procedure for a few hundred dollars per eye is usually a scam. Furthermore, anyone claiming to perform low-cost laser eye surgery may not be as qualified as it is required to perform the surgery safely and effectively. There are a few factors that impact the cost of laser eye surgery, such as where you get it done, the type of laser eye surgery you choose and who you get it performed by. In terms of location, the cost varies from 50 dollars to a few hundred dollars. For the one price model, the cost varies slightly by region. The laser eye surgery cost by region per eye is as follows:
- West: $2,444
- Mountain: $2,091
- Midwest: $2,182
- South: $2,156
- Northeast: $2,409
The technology that’s used to perform your laser eye surgery, as well as the surgeon’s level of experience will also affect how much you pay for your laser eye surgery. The more experienced the surgeon, the more your surgery will cost. The most experienced surgeons have had their entire work history reviewed, including their mal-practice insurance, state license and certifications. There are also different types of laser eye surgery and their costs vary. The commonly used technique of laser eye surgery costs about a few hundred less per eye compared to bladeless laser eye surgery which involves the use of more advanced technology.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost?
Insurance typically does not cover the cost of laser eye surgery unless your job requires perfect vision, such as in the case of an athlete or someone in a combat position in the military. However, many insurance companies will offer their customers the option of negotiating a lower rate for laser eye surgery. It doesn’t hurt to ask your insurance provider if this is a service that they can offer to you.
Affording Laser Eye Surgery
Laser eye surgery can be an expensive investment for many individuals, thankfully many providers that offer laser eye surgery are willing to set up a payment plan. This an option that helps to make laser eye surgery are more reachable option for more individuals. Many individuals will find that the investment is worthwhile as it affords them the chance to ditch the cost of paying for new glasses or prescription sunglasses.