Why Are There So Many LASIK Prices

Why Are There So Many LASIK Prices

Why Are There So Many LASIK Prices

Why Are There So Many LASIK Prices

How much does LASIK cost?

The cost of LASIK surgery depends on many factors. On average, LASIK surgery costs $1500 to $3000 per eye. The top three factors that determine the cost of LASIK surgery are the level of vision correction, the technology used, and the surgeon’s experience.

Vision Correction

Usually, the higher the vision correction required, the higher the cost will be for the patient. This is because there is greater complexity to the procedure and more corneal tissue needs to be removed during the procedure. If you have astigmatism, that also gets factored into the vision correction.

Laser Technology

All Laser or Blade-Free LASIK

Laser vision correction is a two-step process. The first step involves creating a small flap on the surface of the cornea. To do this, traditional LASIK uses a mechanical surgical blade called a microkeratome. Today, All-Laser LASIK uses a femtosecond laser to create the flap. All-Laser LASIK is sometimes called blade-free LASIK. The femtosecond laser creates a corneal flap that has a more consistent thickness. A corneal flap made with a blade can vary from 100 to 200 microns, whereas the laser can create a 100-micron flap every single time to within +/- 10 microns. Additionally, All-Laser LASIK eliminates the potential complications from the microkeratome blade, making it a safer, blade-free procedure with a faster healing time.

Custom LASIK

Custom All-Laser LASIK is a two-step procedure that enables eye surgeons to further customize the Wavefront-guided LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. First, a precise laser custom flap is created in approximately six seconds using a 200 kHz Femtosecond laser. Next, your data is sent to the surgical planning computer to create your individualized ablation profile. The WaveLight® laser’s integrated network provides seamless data transfer of your information within the WaveLight® Refractive Suite and WaveLight® Diagnostics resulting in seeing clearer and sharper than ever before. FDA studies show that Custom All-Laser LASIK may produce better vision than is possible with contact lenses or glasses. Coastal Vision is proud to offer Alcon’s WaveLight® Refractive Suite, the fastest refractive surgery platform available in the U.S.

Contoura® Vision

Part of the WaveLight® refractive suite, Contoura® Vision is the first FDA- approved personalized topography-guided LASIK solution. Contoura® Vision sets the next standard in LASIK outcomes. The patient’s eye is imaged and analyzed using 22,000 unique elevation points on the cornea (The topography). This data is sent to the surgical planning computer to create an individualized ablation profile. The WaveLight® Laser automatically adjusts laser pulse placement to match the topography-guided treatment.

  • More than 98% of patients would choose it again

  • It even outperformed glasses and contacts in over 30% of eyes

  • It redefined visual acuity outcomes

  • It delivers a high level of personalization

  • Nearly 65% of eyes treated with personalized topography-guided LASIK

  • experienced 20/16 vision or better in a clinical study

Surgeon’s Experience

All surgeons at Coastal Vision Medical are highly skilled and trained in the aforementioned laser technologies to help patients gain the best visual outcomes possible. When examining the cost of LASIK, the quality experience of the surgeon adds to your safety and your visual outcome.

Beware of Ads for Low-Cost LASIK

Be wary of advertisements for LASIK priced under $1000 per eye. Remember that a quality procedure will factor in your vision correction, the technology used, and the surgeon’s experience. Highly discounted LASIK will most likely skimp on at least one of these factors. The discount may also be applied to a specific set of criteria for the patient. Sometimes, extra fees will be added on later if the patient does not meet the predetermined conditions such as a very low vision correction with no astigmatism.

What is Included in the Cost of LASIK?

  • Office visits including pre and post-operative exams with your surgeon

  • Technologies used in your procedure

  • Vision correction

  • Facility fees

Important Questions to Ask During Your LASIK Consultation

  • How do you determine if I am a candidate for LASIK?

  • What is and is not included in the cost of LASIK eye surgery?

  • Can you provide a written quote itemizing these costs?

  • Is this quote for one or both eyes?

  • What kind of laser technology do you offer for LASIK?

  • How many post-operative visits are included in the quoted cost?

  • Is the cost of prescription medications additional?

  • Are the prescription medications covered by my insurance?

  • Can you provide patient references or testimonials?

  • Can I use my HSA or FSA to pay for all or part of my LASIK procedure?

  • What are the risks and side effects?

  • What if I’m not satisfied with the results?

  • Do you offer financing options?

LASIK at Coastal Vision Medical

LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye procedure in the world. It’s one of the safest and most effective ways to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Our ophthalmologists at Coastal Vision Medical Group Medical also offer PRK, a laser vision correction that is often a good solution for people with thinner than-normal corneas. Both LASIK and PRK represent advances over previous surgical treatments of vision problems and are thus viable alternatives to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses for many patients. Your surgeon will determine which procedure is best for your individual needs. When comparing LASIK prices, consider the level of vision correction required, the technology offered by the provider, and the surgeon’s experience. Coastal Vision Medical Group​​​​​​​ Medical offers the best technology available to improve safety and accuracy in the procedure, which enhances the likelihood of good visual outcomes with fewer complications. Our surgeons are highly skilled in advanced techniques in refractive surgery. Visit our patient reviews and video testimonials to see what our patients are saying about our doctors and our practice. Coastal Vision Medical Group offers financing options for LASIK through CareCredit patient payment plans. We also accept most major credit cards. Some patients take advantage of this option because their credit card reward program offers airline miles or points toward merchandise. Ready for your free LASIK consultation? Call (888) 501-4496 or use our online form. We are conveniently located in Irvine, Long Beach, Norco, and Orange.

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