LASIK Eye Surgery cost – Your guide
If you’ve ever considered LASIK eye surgery, the cost of the procedure is often one of the first questions that come to mind. Your other questions most likely include “is my script suitable for laser eye surgery?”, and “will eye surgery hurt?”
One misconception we should address from the beginning is that LASIK is the only surgical procedure available. In fact, there are many refractive surgery methods. All with the aim of reducing your dependency on glasses and wearing contacts. Because of the different levels of expertise and equipment involved for each technique, the costs from one method to another may vary.
At Eye Laser Specialists we offer not only LASIK eye surgery but also
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy),
ICL (intraocular contact lens),
Clear lens exchange, and
SMILE® eye surgery (small incision lenticule extraction).
Your eyes may be better suited for a procedure other than LASIK, depending on your refractive error. This is something that we will discuss at your complimentary assessment and consultation.
A quick refresher on LASIK eye surgery
LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) works on the principle of reshaping the cornea, the transparent front surface of the eye, to change the direction of light as it passes through the eye. This redirecting of light is calculated to focus to a sharp point on the sensory retina at the back of the eye. Which is what your brain then perceives as clear and correct vision
This technique of laser eye surgery employs the use of two lasers. A femtosecond laser to create a thin flap of superficial corneal tissue (this is called the corneal flap) allowing access to the deeper tissues underneath. And an excimer laser, responsible for removing precise sections of tissue to reshape the cornea in a process known as photoablation.
So, how much does LASIK eye surgery cost?
The average cost of LASIK eye surgery in Melbourne may range from about $2000 per eye to over $3000. You may find that more experienced surgeons charge on the higher end of the range. Due to being able to prove a better success and safety track record over the span of their careers.
To further break down of the costs of laser eye surgery, consider:
Medicare rebates – refractive eye surgery is not covered under Medicare in Australia as it is an elective procedure. In certain situations, such as surgery to treat cataract, Medicare may contribute. However, LASIK does not fall into this category.
Some clinics, such as Eye Laser Specialists, also offer payment plans, which can help to make laser eye surgery more accessible and financially viable for many patients.
It is also helpful to think about how much per year you spend on contact lenses or spectacles. Long-term, contact lenses actually often end up costing more than either spectacles or refractive surgery. As they need constant replacement. Spectacles are cheaper as one pair can last you at least a couple of years if not longer. Although, this depends on whether your prescription remains stable. Glasses are also prone to general wear and tear. Despite no changes to the script you may still opt to update the frames or change scratched lenses. LASIK eye surgery will be a larger upfront cost in the immediate-term than either spectacles or contacts, even with a payment plan. However, in the long run it may actually end up costing you less.
A precise quote on the cost of LASIK eye surgery will be provided after your complimentary consultation. Call Eye Laser Specialists here at 1300 297 583 now to book your appointment