Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

There’s no doubt that laser vision correction procedures like LASIK and SMILE can transform lives. However, many patients are concerned about the costs involved in these popular and highly successful treatments, with many wondering if laser eye surgery is worth the expense. Here’s what you need to know about the cost of LASIK in Manhattan, NY.

Why is Laser Eye Surgery So Expensive?

Despite only taking a few minutes to perform the actual procedure on each eye, laser eye surgery is a complex surgical procedure that uses state-of-the-art equipment, medications, and talented, skilled professionals. When you choose to undergo LASIK, SMILE, or any other laser vision correction procedure, the costs incurred actually cover a multitude of elements including:

  • Your consultation and assessment for the procedure
  • Pre-surgical care
  • The surgery itself, including any medications you require such as numbing eye drops
  • Post-surgical examinations and care

It is also important to remember that laser vision correction is a permanent solution for your refractive eye errors. And this eliminates many of the costs associated with prescription eyewear.

The Cost of Prescription Eyewear

If you need prescription lenses in order to help you see clearly, you may think that glasses or contact lenses will be the most cost-effective way of restoring your vision. After all, eyeglasses can last for several years or more if they are properly cared for and so can the lenses, provided your prescription doesn’t change and they don’t become too scratched to be useful. Similarly, contact lenses could set you back as little as $25-$30 a month, which really doesn’t seem a lot when you receive the benefit of clear vision. However, this requires a long-term commitment and over the years, the costs will add up. To get a better idea of how much laser vision will save you over the years, take our LASIK Savings Calculator test.

Of course, these aren’t the only costs involved in prescription eyewear. There are plenty of other hidden costs that can creep in too. For example, you may be recommended to wear prescription sunglasses so that you can see clearly when outside on a bright day, such as when you are driving. These will give you the added benefit of protecting your eyes from harmful UV radiation from the sun. Or you may be advised to get special lens coatings that will further enhance your vision – for example, polycarbonate lenses or anti-reflective coating. If you would prefer to have designer frames you can expect to pay more, and you may have to factor in shipping costs too.

LASIK Saves You Time and Money

One of the best things about LASIK and other laser vision correction surgery techniques is that once you have covered the one-off cost of your treatment, you can look forward to avoiding the regular expenses incurred by changing prescriptions, new lenses, new lenses coatings, and more. Over the course of your life, you could potentially save thousands of dollars, making laser vision correction an incredibly worthwhile investment – in terms of cost as well as convenience.

How much time do you spend cleaning your glasses, or even finding your glasses? How long does it take you to put your contact lenses in and remove them every day, and in the case of extended wear lenses, keep them clean and sterile? Laser vision surgery saves patients countless hours over the course of a single year thanks to the convenience of no longer having to rely on conventional prescription eyewear.

Paying for Laser Eye Surgery

With most laser eye surgeries costing on average between $1,000 and $3,000 per eye, most patients will research the best way to pay for their treatment. Typically, most insurance plans don’t cover the cost of surgery as it is considered to be elective surgery. Something that many patients choose is to finance their surgery with a financing plan, in affordable, monthly installments. Manhattan LASIK Center offers financing with both CareCredit and Alphaeon, giving patients the opportunity to choose a finance plan that suits their needs. Qualifying patients may be able to enjoy up to 24 months interest-free and with no prepayment penalties.

If you would like to find out more about LASIK, SMILE, and other laser vision correction procedures, or to discuss financing your treatment, don’t hesitate to speak to the knowledgeable team at Manhattan LASIK Center today by calling (212) 759-9617.