The Cost of Not Getting LASIK

LASIK laser vision correction is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the world. Refractive errors in the eye happen when the light is not refracted properly onto the retina, due to the shape of the cornea. LASIK reshapes the cornea, the front part of the eye, so that the light is refracted properly by the eyes and the patient can see clearly without the need for corrective lenses. Countless LASIK procedures are performed in the United States and across the world every year.

 

There are many things to consider before making the decision to get LASIK, including financing the treatment. It’s no secret that LASIK involves a considerable upfront cost. Depending on the type of LASIK that you and your LASIK surgeon choose, LASIK can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 per eye. However, it is important to remember that this is a one-time cost and LASIK can actually save you money in the long term. Most LASIK providers, including Manhattan LASIK Center, also offer payment plans that enable you to spread the cost of your treatment, making it more affordable. Learn more about the different financing options we offer by clicking here.


If you choose not to get LASIK laser vision correction, your eyesight will remain unchanged and could potentially get worse as the years go by. In order to be able to see clearly, you are going to need to rely on prescription lenses – either in the form of glasses or contact lenses – for the rest of your life. These solutions will incur ongoing costs too.

 

How Much Do Glasses and Contact Lenses Cost?

 

The types and styles of glasses and contact lenses available are vast. You can opt for budget glasses frames for as little as $50 or designer varieties that can cost hundreds. Similarly, the lenses that you have will also vary in price depending on the materials used, and whether you have any special coatings or tints, such as scratch-resistant coating or anti-glare. The more options you choose for your lenses, the more expensive they are likely to be. If your prescription changes, you’ll need to pay for new lenses. And while your frames may last a while, it’s normal to need to replace them every few years – especially if you want them to reflect your personal style.
 

When it comes to contact lenses, again price can vary, but it’s not unusual to have to spend between $200 and $400 per year on contacts, especially if you require specialty contact lenses, such as those for astigmatism, or corneal conditions like keratoconus or dry eye.

 

During the course of your lifetime, the cost of NOT having LASIK can quickly add up. In many instances, choosing LASIK can prove to be financially advantageous when compared to the ongoing expense of glasses or contact lenses.


 

If you would like more information about LASIK or the costs involved in the procedure, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to talk to us about laser vision correction please contact Manhattan LASIK Center in Roslyn, New York at (516) 461-2300 today.