You should not let cost drive your decision to have or not have LASIK. The cost of LASIK varies, with most eye surgeons charging between $1,500 and $3,000 (per eye), and some surgeons charging higher or lower than that range. Many ophthalmologists offer financing.
Cost often depends on factors such as:
- Technology used
- Surgeon experience
- Wavefront availability
- Surgical facilities used
- Surgical equipment used
- Candidacy screening
Generally, you should be wary of practices offering cut-rate LASIK for a few hundred dollars per eye. Oftentimes, these low rates come with undisclosed fees. The practices offering low-cost LASIK may employ part-time ophthalmologists, and your care may be managed by other staff, while the surgeon is there only to perform the surgery.
When selecting a LASIK surgeon, you’ll benefit from asking lots of questions. Instead of basing your decision on price alone, ask who will be handling your care. Ask whether the eye surgeon will be present from pre-op to post-op, and what will happen in the event of a complication.
Your ophthalmologist should possess LASIK experience, and should be available to answer any of your questions or concerns. Once you find the right ophthalmologist, then you can ask about financing options to address the cost of the surgery.
If you are interested in LASIK in Denver, please contact Richard A. Levinson, M.D., to schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced ophthalmologist.