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What the Cost of LASIK Means to Your Budget: Is It Worth It?

Have you considered a vision correction procedure like LASIK to improve your vision? Many patients also need to assess how the procedure will impact their budget. 

Any vision correction procedure, including LASIK, is a significant investment. However, most patients feel the benefits are worth the cost over time. 

Keep reading to learn more about LASIK, its cost, and what makes it worth it if you undergo this incredible procedure! 

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a laser refractive eye procedure. It uses an excimer laser and a femtosecond laser.

These lasers help reshape the cornea by removing a precise amount of tissue to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK is the most popular elective procedure you can undergo.

Part of its popularity stems from the fact that LASIK not only corrects vision but also improves it. Getting LASIK corrects your vision beyond your original prescription. 

That means you’ll have better vision than you could achieve by using glasses or contact lenses. LASIK uses advanced technology to reshape the corneal tissue underneath the surface of the cornea. 

It should come as no surprise then that most LASIK patients end up with 20/20 vision or better. You can look forward to crisper, sharper vision after LASIK.

LASIK is an FDA-approved outpatient vision correction procedure. You’ll be awake during LASIK, and the procedure only takes a few minutes per eye to complete.

Most patients notice almost instant improvements in their vision after the procedure. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that LASIK is so popular!

There’s also minimal downtime associated with the procedure, which is safe and effective. Most patients find they can return to work the day after the procedure. But the best part is they’ll have better vision than they knew possible!

How Much Does LASIK Cost?

The average cost of LASIK varies and is often different everywhere. Why is it different? 

Factors like where you live, the strength of your prescription, LASIK surgeon expertise, what kind of technology they are using, and the location of the practice can all affect the cost of a LASIK procedure. However, before you consider a procedure like LASIK, it can help to know all the available options for financing.

South Texas Eye Institute offers our patients convenient and affordable payment financing plans. Financing is an easy way to make a LASIK procedure more affordable and ensure it fits your budget.

There’s no reason why cost should stand in your way of achieving the vision you want! Because LASIK is typically not covered by health insurance, financing is an excellent way to offset the cost of LASIK. 

Another way to pay for LASIK is by using flexible healthcare spending accounts (FSAs) or health savings accounts (HSAs), which are options for putting pre-tax dollars aside over time. There are usually caps with an FSA, meaning you will likely need to cover part of the cost of LASIK, but it can help if you’re saving up for the procedure.

What Makes LASIK Worth the Investment?

There’s no doubt that LASIK is an investment. You may be nervous about its upfront cost, but over 85% of patients agree the benefits of LASIK and life without glasses or contacts make the investment worthwhile. 

It’s essential to remember that LASIK will improve your life while making you feel more comfortable and at ease in the world for years to come. Consider how much you spend on visual aids, including glasses, contact lenses, and their necessary accessories.

Did you know that most people spend an average of $500 annually on visual aids? Getting LASIK means you no longer have to spend this on trying to see clearly.

LASIK pays off and pays for itself over time. Most patients who use financing pay off the procedure after only two years.

However, the value of LASIK goes beyond what it costs. Think about what your life could be like when you achieve visual freedom: 

  • Wake up with clear vision daily 
  • Say goodbye to irritation due to contact lenses
  • Finally feel confident in your skin and with who you are instead of hiding behind your frames
  • Get the push you need to get that promotion at work or take the next step toward a new career 
  • Feel safer if something happens because you don’t have to worry about finding your glasses or contacts during an emergency

LASIK improves millions of things, but the bottom line is when you can see better, your life is better.

If you want to finally achieve visual freedom, it’s time to find out if LASIK could be right for you. There’s no reason why your budget has to keep you from your dreams of better vision.

Instead, it may take getting creative or weighing the pros and cons of depending on visual aids. Getting LASIK can save you time and money and help you see the world in a new way. 

Are you ready for life-changing vision? Request a LASIK consultation at South Texas Eye Institute in San Antonio, TX, to find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK! Isn’t it time for better vision?