Your eyes are your window to the world, so it’s vital to care for the set you have. If you wear glasses or contact lenses and wonder if there’s something better out there, you may want to think about LASIK.
The procedure uses laser technology to reshape your cornea and permanently correct your vision. While freedom from the inconvenience of glasses and contacts is a tremendous benefit, LASIK also saves you money in the future, as it provides you with freedom from visual aids.
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What Factors Play Into LASIK Costs? The Truth Behind LASIK Pricing:
How much does LASIK cost? And, why is LASIK pricing so different depending on where you look? Many rock-bottom advertised prices come with an asterisk, as they’re calculated for the lowest prescription possible.
The adage “you get what you pay for” is applicable when it comes to a complex procedure on your eyes with permanent results. As with most medical procedures, the cost is broken down into the quality of your surgeon, their level of experience, and how advanced the technology being used is.
Your Specific Vision Correction Needs:
At See Clearly Vision, we use the iDESIGN Refractive Studio. iDESIGN is the first and only topo-integrated wavefront-guided LASIK technology available.
Using wavefront-guided treatment planning allows for the best possible customization for patients, as well as extensive topographic maps of the cornea to ensure the most precise LASIK procedure possible. This allows for the treatment of a broader range of vision problems, including blurriness, glare, and halos. You can’t find that sort of hyper-custom treatment just anywhere.
The Complexity of the Treatment:
Different vision correction procedures are needed depending on your eyes, which your ophthalmologist can determine quickly during your LASIK consultation at See Clearly Vision. LASIK isn’t the perfect solution for every person.
If you aren’t a candidate for LASIK, there are alternatives like PRK and the Visian ICL. Discuss these with your eye doctor if you want to learn more!
The Skill Level of Your LASIK Surgeon:
The LASIK surgeons at See Clearly Vision are some of the most specialized professionals in vision correction in the country. Medical Director Rajesh Rajpal, M.D., participated in some of the first clinical trials to demonstrate LASIK’s safety, efficacy, and predictability to the FDA prior to the procedure being available to the public.
He was the first eye surgeon in the Washington, DC area to perform corneal laser eye surgery for common refractive eye issues. Dr. Rajpal has personally trained over two thousand doctors on the intricacies of the procedure.
Our LASIK surgeons at See Clearly Vision are cornea specialists, which is an important classification as LASIK is a procedure performed on the cornea. Although you do not have to be a cornea specialist to be a LASIK surgeon, cornea specialists have more experience when it comes to the cornea.
This is an especially necessary distinction when comparing them to a general ophthalmologist or other specialties like glaucoma, retina, uveitis, pathology, pediatric ophthalmology, or oculoplastic.
The Technology a Practice Uses:
The best blade-free LASIK procedure begins with iDESIGN Wavefront-Guided technology, specifically the VISX Excimer Laser System. This highly specialized laser tracks your eye movements during LASIK, adjusting its position accordingly.
Diverse conditions are treatable thanks to the laser’s ability to map your eye’s specific issues. Traditional LASIK has evolved, and See Clearly Vision offers the latest, most accurate laser correction with the best visual outcomes.
At See Clearly Vision, we only offer our patients blade-free LASIK technology. Other practices may use a blade or quote a lower price for a traditional LASIK procedure that uses blades, and then try to upsell you on the higher-quality, blade-free procedure. This will usually occur if you don’t have a low enough prescription, have astigmatism, or want to opt for a better procedure.
The biggest difference between See Clearly Vision and these practices is that we are a medical facility, and these are retail eyecare practices. As a medical facility, we’re dedicated to offering our patients the best and most state-of-the-art technology, with everything included in one price. You’ll never have to deal with anyone trying to sell you or upsell you on a procedure you don’t want with us.
What’s the Average Cost of LASIK?
LASIK is an investment in yourself, though it comes with a higher upfront cost than glasses or contacts. This investment pays off quickly, as the procedure may reduce your dependence on glasses, contact lenses, or any of the necessary accessories that go with them. It’s vision correction that’s intended to be permanent.
One thing that you need to know about LASIK is that it can’t treat future vision conditions. Even after undergoing LASIK, you’ll still develop cataracts when you’re older and will need cataract surgery.
Part of the cost of LASIK should include quality pre and post-operative care and consultation. These are the places that many eyecare practices start to cut corners first when they want to reduce their costs and their price.
What are Financing Options Available to You?
At See Clearly Vision, we accept most insurance plans. We also offer the following:
6-month same-as-cash plans or longer-term financing with minimal interest options are available. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or checks are accepted.
If you’re nervous about if you can afford LASIK, we also offer our patients CareCredit, the leading healthcare credit card for procedures like LASIK. With CareCredit, you can pay for LASIK in low monthly payments without going over your budget. There’s no reason that cost should stand in the way of achieving the clear vision you want!