The Cost of LASIK vs. Glasses and Contact Lenses
- Posted on: May 15 2015
Did you know Americans spend more than $15 billion each year on corrective eyewear? In addition, more than 150 million Americans use corrective eyewear to compensate for imperfect vision. Did you know that permanent vision correction with LASIK is actually more cost effective than glasses and contact lenses? It is! The cost of LASIK is one of the most common questions among those that are considering the procedure. At first glance LASIK may seem like a lot of money, but the cost of contact lenses and glasses over a lifetime is actually significantly more than the one-time LASIK procedure. The cost of LASIK is less than you may think.
The Cost of Contact Lenses
How much on average per year do you spend on contact lenses? Well, depending on factors such as your age and the type of lenses you require, the cost of contact lenses over a lifetime can end up costing you more time and money. If you have a preference for special lenses or if you have an astigmatism, your lenses may cost you even more. See for yourself using this cost calculator. The results may surprise you! Keep in mind that this number does not include the cost of glasses. If you wear contact lenses, then you’re likely to have at least one pair of glasses. In just a few years the cost of LASIK pays for itself (by not having to purchase contact lenses). So not only will LASIK be less than contact lenses, but once you recover the cost of LASIK, you’ll actually start saving money! In addition, contact lenses can cost you a lot of time. It may not be financial, but time is money! Not only do they require frequent cleaning with solution, buy they can be quite uncomfortable. Without contact lenses, you can live more freely because it is one less thing to worry about. With LASIK, you’ll never have to worry about taking your contact lenses out before going to bed. It’s a great feeling!
The Cost of Glasses
The cost of glasses includes the cost of your prescription plus the cost of frames. If you like to change up your glasses every time you get a new prescription, then you’re probably getting a new pair every two years. If you have a strong prescription then the cost of your lenses may be even more. In addition, the cost of pricy designer frames can add hundreds of dollars to the purchase of new glasses. Without glasses, you’ll be able to be active without the fear of losing or breaking them.
The Cost of LASIK
The cost of LASIK includes the cost of the procedure itself, but also the pre consultation and post-operative care. It’s important to do some research when deciding on a place to have your procedure done. If you see LASIK advertised for a price that’s too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to find out about the specific terms and conditions that apply to such an enticing ad. You also want to ensure that the surgeon is experienced and that they are using the safest and most advanced technology. It’s not worth it to sacrifice the safest and most advanced equipment for the sake of saving a couple hundred dollars.
Many LASIK centers provide a number of financing and flexible financing options that are designed to make the cost of the procedure more affordable. You may also be eligible to pay for the procedure using a flexible spending account or insurance.
Associates in Ophthalmology
At Associates in Ophthalmology, we have been helping our patients achieve clear vision for over 30 years. Don’t let the cost of LASIK get in the way of having clear vision! If you’re ready to eliminate your dependency on glasses and contact lenses and have 20/20 vision or better, contact us today to book your free LASIK consultation! Dr. Miller has performed thousands of LASIK procedures during his 10 years of experience. He will gladly answer and questions or concerns you may have about the procedure during your consultation. Be sure to keep an eye out for our ongoing specials so you can save on LASIK and more!
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