How much is laser eye surgery?

By Dr. Trinity J. Bivalacqua
Updated 2021-02-17 19:20:00 | Published 2018-09-09 06:39:28
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The cost of laser eye surgery can be very different in different clinics even in one city. The vast majority of such surgeries are performed in private centers in large metropolitan areas but this type of services is provided also by state medical institutions. Those have a certain price difference.

Price difference also depends on the surgery technique. Price difference for each surgery technique is due to different extent of impairment of vision. For example, myopia can be mild, moderate or high. Respectively the price of eye surgery will vary.

The most popular and effective surgery technique (Super LASIK) costs between 1,000 – 2,000 USD per one eye. It depends on the extent of visual impairment. This procedure is the gold standard worldwide. So, you can safely take this value as a reference.

It is necessary to undergo preoperative diagnosis in preparation for laser surgery. This medical testing is necessary because the doctor needs to evaluate a lot of parameters of the patient's eyes. The cost of such diagnostics is from 1,000 to 2,000 USD.

In the price-lists of ophthalmological clinics you can find different categories of laser eye surgery which affect the cost of surgery. As a rule, these categories mean different extents of impairment of vision and their combination with astigmatism.

The plain fact is that the cost of eye surgery with mild myopia will be lower than with high myopia combined with mixed astigmatism.

In addition, cost of laser eye surgery may be influenced by the degree of the surgeon conducting the operation. The price for each eye can have a coefficient of 1.5 – 2 if the surgery will be carried out by the leading specialist of the clinic.

Do not be surprised, apart from the excellent results laser surgery saves your money. Even the most expensive surgery will pay back during 2-3 years replacing contact lenses and glasses.

If you buy lenses then during 2-2.5 years you will pay same as for Super LASIK in the best clinic.
Please be wary of the suspiciously low cost of the surgery. The task of such advertising is to attract the patient to the clinic and then, perhaps, additional payments will be needed.

This type of laser surgery is classified as a cosmetic operation aimed at getting rid of glasses and contact lenses and it is performed at the patient's consent. Of course, there are medical indications for this surgery but they are quite rare. That is why mostly insurance companies do not cover the cost of this surgery under the Individual Compulsory Life and Health Insurance Policy (although some companies have already included this surgery in the list of paid services).

Today many banks offer various credit programs for the payment of medical services. You can choose a loan, which is most convenient to you and the way of its repayment.

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