In 2021, the average cost of LASIK eye surgery in the United States is about $2,246 per eye. This price has been relatively stable since LASIK’s mass introduction to the public in the 1990s. When you consider the advances in surgical technology since then, that’s pretty impressive. Still, those offering LASIK for $250 per eye are tempting. So, how is it that LASIK can be offered at such different prices? Let us pull back the curtain and explain.
Why Are LASIK Prices So Different?
Bait & Switch LASIK Advertising
The first reason LASIK prices are so varying is that the low-end deals are simply a marketing tactic. Known as a bait and switch, these practices entice potential patients with promises of LASIK for only $250 per eye. Then, the patient's current prescription doesn’t qualify for that amount. That $250 may also only cover the surgery itself, neglecting to mention the cost of pre- and post-surgical check ups, medicine, and other necessary accommodations for LASIK patients.
Up-To-Date vs Outdated Surgical Technology
You may pay more of a premium for state of the art technology as well. Like with all things, the latest model is often the nicest, most efficient one of the market, making it cost the most.
The Surgeon’s Experience
The more experienced your LASIK surgeon is, the higher their prices can go. An experienced surgeon will be an immense help not only during the procedure, but also in preparing you and helping you recover from the surgery afterwards. They understand the technology and how different ocular conditions can respond to the treatment.
Lower vs Higher Prescriptions
Like we mentioned in our explanation of Bait & Switch, some practices price their LASIK services based on how much work is needed in order to fully correct your vision. Those with steeper prescriptions will likely need longer or more in-depth procedures, which lead to them being more costly.
On the surface, the cost of LASIK varies wildly. While there may be some sticker shock seeing those higher prices, we encourage you to consider what exactly goes into your LASIK treatment at a given LASIK center. Make a LASIK consultation appointment and discuss what factors into the center’s pricing.