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How Much Does LASIK Cost in 2021?

If your vision isn’t 20/20, you may be considering LASIK to correct it in 2021. As you’re researching your options, you’ll probably wonder, how much does LASIK cost? We have you covered. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, LASIK (also known as laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses) is the most popular procedure to reduce or eliminate the need for contacts or glasses. LASIK has been the gold standard for vision correction for more than 25 years and Dr. Dan Haddad of the Laser Eye Institute has been at the forefront since its inception. In fact, more than 600,000 people in the United States choose the procedure to improve the quality of their lives every year. LASIK is used to correct blurry vision and improve the eyesight of nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic people. 

So How Much Does LASIK Really Cost? 

It can be challenging to determine precisely how much LASIK treatment costs without considering a few essential factors. Here are some things you’ll need to know to get the right answer to the question, “How much does LASIK cost?” 

Look for Straightforward LASIK Pricing 

As you try to determine the costs of LASIK, you’ll likely come across ads and promotions with pricing as low as $250 per eye. Unfortunately, those types of offers are used to draw you in so they can significantly upsell the treatment with options that you may feel pressured to choose as the “best” way to solve your vision correction problem.  

When you ask, “How much does LASIK cost?” if the answer you get sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Look for pricing in the range of at least $1,500 to $2,000 per eye, however, don’t think you have to front all of that cash at once. Many LASIK centers offer interest-free financing options 

A trusted leader in Laser Vision Correction (LVC), like the Laser Eye Institute, will offer straightforward pricing for LASIK, including all assessments, procedures, and follow-up care, with no bait-and-switch advertising or high-pressure sales tactics.  

How Much Does It Cost NOT to Get LASIK? 

When researching how much LASIK costs in 2021, consider how not wearing prescription glasses could impact your life. LASIK eliminates or reduces the need for traditional eye exams. You will recoup the money you spend on LASIK by not buying new pairs of lenses, glasses, or contacts over about five years. There are also invaluable benefits of receiving LASIK, such as experiencing life’s most important moments, without the hassle that comes with glasses or contact lenses. 

The cost of NOT having LASIK is higher than opting for the vision-improvement treatment. Use this tool to calculate how much you can save with LASIK over traditional eyecare and glasses: LASIK Cost Calculator 

Ways to Manage the Cost of LASIK 

You can save on the cost of LASIK if you currently have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) through your employer. In 2021, the IRS allows FSA and HSA funds to be used for LASIK, which is considered an eligible expense. Depending on your tax bracket, this option can reduce the cost by about 24%. 

Most reputable LASIK centers offer no-interest financing for 12-24 months and extended financing plans as long as 60 months, allowing you to spread the costs over a longer period of time, however, these typically include interest charges. 

Lastly, many people take advantage of their FSA and HSA and finance their LASIK treatment. Financing at 0% plus dipping into your tax-free FSA or HSA is the way to go, especially if you can afford to pay the procedure off in the 0% interest-free window. 

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Beware of Low-Cost LASIK Centers 

Low-cost LASIK operations may not provide the highest level of vision care, which increases the patient’s risks of both complications and unsuccessful treatment. Ways these cheap establishments reduce their costs include:  

Fly-In LASIK Surgeons

Some clinics work with LASIK surgeons that don’t work full-time at their location. The patient might not meet the surgeon until the day of the procedure, meaning that the LASIK technician (not a doctor) is doing all of the advanced prep work for the procedure. 

When looking at the overall cost of LASIK, consider that something as precious as your vision deserves to have your surgeon’s full attention, from procedure planning through follow-up.  

Outdated LASIK Technology

Some LASIK centers limit their technology to older versions of equipment to keep their costs down. However, most patients prefer to pay a little more for the most advanced technology since they’re dealing with their precious eyesight.  

Laser Eye Institute has invested in the same technology that NASA uses, customizing each patient’s best treatment based on their unique needs. 

Limited LASIK Follow-Up Care

Often, low-cost centers will only include 30-90 days of follow-up care, requiring you to pay more for a “reasonable amount of care”. Most reputable centers will include 1-2 years of follow-up care in their LASIK price. 

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Ready for a better LASIK experience? 

Avoid the high-pressure sales tactics, outdated technology, and upsells and find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK at the Laser Eye Institute: Set Up a Consultation today!

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David Lemieux, BA from Oakland University is a LASIK expert and marketing professional that has worked with Dr. Dan Haddad and the Laser Eye Institute since 2017. David believes in education and cutting through the noise to deliver facts and opinions about LASIK, SMILE, and all things Laser Vision Correction.