The cost of LASIK can range between $1,000 and $3,000 per eye depending on the technology and technique being employed. The vision correction achieved through LASIK is permanent and most people are able to achieve visual acuity of 20/20 or better. This means that, by and large, people who undergo LASIK are able to avoid many of the costs associated with prescription eyewear for the rest of their lives.
LASIK vs. Contact Lenses
A box of contact lenses can cost between $25 and $70. The longest amount of time any disposable contact lens has been approved for daily usage is one month, though most ophthalmologists will recommend two weeks as a good switching point. Over the course of a year, this can cost $375 or more depending on the type of lens you are using.
Then there’s the solution. Contact lens solution can cost between $5 and $20 a month depending on the brand and type, resulting in additional yearly costs. Add in the requisite yearly eye exam and at least $200 for the glasses that will be needed when you aren’t wearing contacts, and you are looking at an annual cost of $800 or more - just to wear contacts.
Traditional LASIK may cost under $3000 – around how much it costs to maintain contact lenses for three to four years. But LASIK is a onetime fee, while the cost of contact lenses will compound yearly, potentially costing tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
Custom LASIK may be double the cost of traditional options. Looked at another way, that’s the cost of wearing contact lenses for seven to ten years, and less than the cost of wearing them for ten or more. If you wear contact lenses, choosing LASIK may simply be a practical way to save money in the future.
Flexible Spending Accounts
The primary difference between paying for contact lenses and paying for LASIK is insurance. LASIK is an elective procedure and will not be covered by most insurance plans, making the entire cost out of pocket. Contact lenses may be covered, at least in part, by vision insurance plans.
Many people choose to use their FSA or HSA to pay for LASIK, helping to cover out of pocket costs without dipping into wages or personal savings. During your initial consultation, we can discuss all payment options, including our financing options, to help you choose the best course of action for your needs.
Contact Seeta Eye Centers to Learn More
To learn if LASIK is a good fit for you, please call Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025 and schedule your consultation today. We have offices in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill. We serve all surrounding Hudson Valley communities.