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See How The Cost of Lasik Eye Surgery Compares to Contacts and Glasses

The cost of see­ing the world around you in the sharpest vision pos­si­ble may be more cost­ly than you have ever real­ized. With impaired vision being the most wide­spread dis­abil­i­ty in the world, and 3 out of every 4 peo­ple in the Unit­ed States need­ing some form of vision cor­rec­tion, let us look at just how cost­ly achiev­ing prop­er vision is on aver­age. The inven­tion of laser eye surgery has not only safe­ly reduced or elim­i­nat­ed the need for glasses/contacts in patients; it has also low­ered the life­time costs of clear and unim­paired vision.

First, the non-sur­gi­cal alter­na­tive to LASIK surgery, con­tact lens­es and glass­es can rack up a hefty bill over the years. Con­tact lens wear­ers might not be aware of just how much their lens­es and sup­plies add up since it is typ­i­cal­ly a month­ly cost. There are sev­er­al types of con­tacts lens­es like dai­ly-wear soft plas­tic, extend­ed-wear, extend­ed-wear, and planned replace­ment soft. Based on which con­tacts are pre­scribed and pre­ferred based upon lifestyle, box­es of con­tacts cost any­where from $20-$70 with an annu­al cost of $240-$840 (depend­ing upon the type of con­tact pre­scribed). In addi­tion to the cost of the lens­es them­selves, there are the costs of con­tact solu­tion to clean and dis­in­fect the lens­es and new cas­es as well as reg­u­lar eye exams to check on pre­scrip­tion changes and any pos­si­ble infec­tions or irri­ta­tions that can be com­mon with con­tact wear.

Per­haps the cheap­er of the two vision cor­rec­tion aids that are not laser eye surgery, pre­scrip­tion glass­es can still be a cost­ly invest­ment. Once the eye doc­tor pre­scribes your vision pre­scrip­tion, then comes many choic­es of which type of lens mate­r­i­al, type of focal, type of lens coat­ings, and final­ly the choice of which frames. The types of lens­es avail­able are poly­car­bon­ate lens­es, trivex lens­es, high index lens­es, aspher­ic lens­es, and pho­tochromic lens­es. Next comes the choice of focal if needed/wanted, either bifo­cal or tri­fo­cals depend­ing upon the dif­fer­ent lev­els of vision aid need­ed. The last choice that indi­vid­u­als have for their eye­glass lens­es is the type of coat­ing they may want. The types of lens coat­ings avail­able are anti-reflec­tive, scratch-resis­tant, and UV coat­ed. Along with the cus­tomiza­tion of the lens­es, the frames can be a pricey fea­ture depend­ing upon name brand and mate­r­i­al of the frame. The nation­al aver­age cost of pre­scrip­tion glass­es is around $300. In addi­tion to the hard­ware costs, reg­u­lar eye exams (nor­mal­ly every two years) are nec­es­sary to mea­sure and adjust for vision changes that would require the pur­chase of new lenses/glasses.

The third alter­na­tive for vision cor­rec­tion is not an aid, but instead a per­ma­nent solu­tion to vision impair­ment. LASIK eye surgery phys­i­cal­ly fix­es imper­fec­tions in the patients’ cornea to cor­rect vision impair­ments. While ini­tial­ly the cost of laser eye surgery seems high, when com­pared against the year­ly costs of con­tacts and/or glass­es it is very clear to see that LASIK surgery will pay for itself in a few short year. The 2014 nation­al aver­age cost of LASIK eye surgery in the US was $2,259 per eye, $4518 total. Many fac­tors can influ­ence the price of the surgery; among them are loca­tion, sur­geon expe­ri­ence, type of laser used, if insur­ance cov­ers any. Laser eye surgery can range any where from $299 per eye based upon inter­net spe­cials up to $4,000 per eye for big name, celebri­ty sur­geons.

Here is a quick sum­ma­ry of the aver­age cost of each method of vision cor­rec­tion:

Con­tacts

  • Con­tacts: $45 a month on aver­age.
  • Con­tact Sup­plies: $10 a month on aver­age.
  • Eye exam every two years: $100 on aver­age.
  • $660-$760 a year for con­tacts and sup­plies.

Glass­es

  • Eye exam every two years: $100 on aver­age.
  • Pre­scrip­tion glass­es (lens­es, coat­ings, and frames): $300 on aver­age.
  • Pre­scrip­tion sun­glass­es (if want­ed): $250 every two years.
  • $400-$650 a year, every two years for glass­es.

LASIK

  • One time cost: $4,518 nation­al aver­age cost of lasik for both eyes.

So on a year that a patient gets con­tacts and glass­es (many con­tact users also buy pre­scrip­tion glass­es), the total aver­age cost will be $1,160 the first year. By the end of the fifth year, the aver­age total spent on con­tacts, glass­es, eye exams, and sup­plies will be slight­ly more than the one time cost of LASIK surgery. While the upfront cost is high, it is easy to see that in just in the short time of five years, LASIK surgery will pay for itself. The one thing to remem­ber is that once an indi­vid­ual needs glass­es or con­tacts, they will need them for the rest of their lives.

December 11th, 2015|Comments Off on See How The Cost of Lasik Eye Surgery Compares to Contacts and Glasses

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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