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What Do I Really Get With the Cost of LASIK?

Are you considering LASIK? It’s an incredible procedure that changes people’s lives if you’re a candidate for it. 

If you have a refractive error and have had to rely on traditional visual aids like contacts and glasses most of your life, LASIK can give you a whole new view of the world and a renewed sense of freedom. But one of the things that stands in many potential LASIK patients’ ways of getting the procedure is the cost. 

The thing that’s essential to know about LASIK is it’s well worth the price. If you’ve ever dreamed of visual freedom, it’s a priceless way to finally achieve the clear vision you want. 

There’s more that goes into the cost of LASIK, though, because it’s an effective way of investing in yourself and your future. Keep reading to learn what you’ll really get with the cost of LASIK

What Goes Into The Cost of LASIK?

While LASIK may seem like it’s expensive or more than you can afford, the actual price varies based on various factors, from what kind of procedure you choose to how strong your prescription is. Generally speaking, if you want the best possible results when you have LASIK, you need to select a custom LASIK procedure. 

Custom LASIK means more precise results and, more importantly, clearer vision. Other factors that can affect the cost of a LASIK procedure include the experience of your LASIK surgeon and the technology a practice offers. 

At Nielsen Eye Center, we use the Allegretto Wave, which we lease, instead of buying. This gives us more freedom to upgrade to better, more advanced lasers as soon as they are available. If a practice doesn’t offer top-of-the-line equipment and technology, you’re not getting the best care for your eyes before and after LASIK.

Financing Options

Whatever LASIK ends up costing you, you won’t have to pay the cost up-front. Although some patients choose this option, many prefer to pay for LASIK using financing options. 

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Most LASIK practices either offer or accept various payment methods, from credit cards to payment plans. Medical payment plans and LASIK-specific financing plans can be very affordable. 

You can find payment plans with zero interest in many cases when paid back in two years with monthly costs as low as $60. While LASIK can be a considerable expense, these payment plans allow you to manage your budget and not have to stress about paying for LASIK upfront.

A Long-Term Investment

When you factor in the total expense of LASIK after it’s paid off, the procedure starts paying for itself after a few short years. On average, most people spend about $500 every year on glasses, contact lenses, and the many accessories that go along with them. 

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Those accessories include contact lens solution, cases, and other miscellaneous items. When you look at the big picture, it adds up. 

Once you have LASIK, though, you’ll no longer need to pay for glasses or contact lenses. That means that you’ll be able to save the money that you once spent on your eye care needs. 

Whether you need prescription sunglasses or a spare pair of glasses because your main pair got damaged, these incidental expenses will be a thing of the past after having LASIK. Every year, these savings accumulate until they add up to what you spent on getting LASIK. 

Once you get to this point, every year after that, you’ll be saving money. LASIK is a long-term investment financially and personally because it permanently changes your vision.

A Permanent Procedure

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LASIK doesn’t “wear off.” It’s a permanent procedure that reshapes your cornea. Reshaping the cornea corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  

LASIK is performed using a laser to precisely remove tissue from the cornea. Your cornea is the clear part of your eye that refracts light. If there are any irregularities in the shape of the cornea, this is what causes refractive errors. 

By correcting the cornea’s shape, LASIK changes your vision. Because of the particular kind of laser used, the tissue removed through this process doesn’t grow back, meaning your eye will permanently retain its new shape. 

Although LASIK is an incredible procedure, it cannot treat future eye conditions. That means that you may still develop conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and presbyopia after having LASIK. 

LASIK won’t prevent these conditions since they are not refractive errors that involve the shape of the cornea. Because of this, you may end up needing reading glasses later on in life.

It’s undeniable that LASIK has lasting results and can provide you with the clear vision you’ve always wanted. Even if your eyesight does get worse with age, having LASIK makes these changes far more manageable and correctable by standard procedures like cataract surgery. No matter how old you are, you can enjoy years and years of 20/20 vision or better after having LASIK. 

Visual Freedom

If you’re someone who has always relied on visual aids to see, it can be hard to imagine just what visual freedom means. But imagine never having to worry about losing a contact lens or breaking your glasses. 

Imagine never having to panic about forgetting to pack contacts on a trip. When you have to rely on physical aids that can be easily lost or forgotten to see, it’s easy to get used to the feeling of having your vision restricted.

With LASIK, all those minor inconveniences are in the past. You’ll be able to see even better than you could with contacts or glasses, and you won’t have to use the extra time and energy remembering to change them out or bring them along. 

This is incredibly convenient when you’re outdoors participating in things like sailing or swimming. The summer is the perfect time to go hiking or out to the beach. 

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You’ll be able to enjoy these activities without worrying about losing your only means of seeing the world around you from the mountains to the ocean. Visual freedom is priceless, but you can attain it for yourself when you get LASIK!

Ready to find out if LASIK is right for you? It’s as simple as scheduling your LASIK consultation at Nielsen Eye Center in Boston, MA!

Our Patient Advocates are patiently sitting by the phone and waiting for your call, so give us a ring at 617-471-5665! They know everything about LASIK, from financing to recovery information, so why not take advantage of this helpful resource?