The cost of LASIK surgery can vary greatly, depending on the type of LASIK you choose, the skill and experience of your surgeon, the type of facility where you have LASIK performed and where it is located.
LASIK costs range from approximately $1,500 to $2,100 per eye, according to Healthcare Blue Book, an independent resource that monitors healthcare costs in the United States.
Often you see ads that offer LASIK at significant discounts to these prices, but be careful: these low prices often apply only to a limited number of patients who have only mild nearsightedness. Also, discount prices may mean your LASIK surgery will not include the latest technology. And fees for follow-up care and additional treatment (if needed) often are not included.
When comparing LASIK prices, always ask what services are covered, and what the fees are for services not covered in the quoted price, such as follow-up visits and LASIK enhancements
Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of LASIK surgery, but many surgeons offer short-term, interest-free financing or low-interest extended payment plans to make LASIK and other elective vision surgery more affordable.
Also, if you have a flexible spending account (FSA) through your employment, you can use these pre-tax dollars to pay for LASIK surgery. Ask your Human Resources department at work for details.