If the first thing you do in the morning is fumble for your glasses so you can make out the time on the clock next to your bed, you probably already know a thing or two about LASIK.
You almost certainly know a few people who have had it. You might even know that 9 out of 10 LASIK patients end up with 20/20 vision or better, and 95% are happy with the outcome even if they didn’t achieve 20/20. What you might not realize, though, is that LASIK is more affordable than long-term eye care associated with wearing glasses and contact lenses.
If you’re wondering if there is an Oklahoma City LASIK option you can afford, this blog post is for you! So clean the smudges off those pesky glasses or re-wet those scratchy contact lenses and read on for a fresh perspective on the value of LASIK at nJoy Vision.
Why People Hesitate to Get LASIK
Despite the fact that 150 million Americans have vision problems that could be treated with laser vision correction, the vast majority still hesitate to get LASIK surgery. The main reason for this hesitation is that they believe the surgical procedure is too expensive. However, you may be surprised when you compare the average cost of LASIK to the average cost of annual eye care.
Annual Eye Care Cost Breakdown
Because ongoing eye care costs are incremental, you will probably be shocked to learn how much the average patient spends on eye care each year.
Several factors impact annual eye care costs—such as insurance coverage, the severity of vision problems, and location—but the average American pays $500 to $700 yearly. The breakdown of average annual eye care costs includes:
- Eye Exams – $79 with insurance or $117 without insurance
- Glasses – $167
- Contact Lenses – $196
- Eye Care – $40
- Prescription Sunglasses – $208
Additional eye exams and tests, specialty lenses, designer frames, and replacement glasses can inflate annual eye care expenses to well over $1,000!
By contrast, people overestimate the cost of LASIK by an average of about $500. This means the average American thinks LASIK is more expensive than it is while paying more than they realize for standard eye care.
Average Cost of LASIK
The average American estimates that LASIK costs $5,752. In reality, the average cost of LASIK in the United States is $5,264 for both eyes.
By contrast, the cost of LASIK at nJoy Vision is almost $300 less than the national average and more than $750 cheaper than the cost the average American estimates for LASIK.
nJoy Vision runs several LASIK savings promotions throughout the year to further reduce the cost of LASIK for our patients. That means that LASIK at nJoy Vision will pay for itself in as little as five years when compared to the ongoing cost of eye care over that same timeframe.
LASIK Surgery’s Non-Quantifiable Value
For many people, the value of LASIK isn’t just about dollars and cents. In fact, it makes even more sense to factor in all the cost savings, time savings, and quality-of-life improvements together.
The typical LASIK procedure at nJoy Vision lasts just 15 minutes for both eyes. Most patients fully recover within 12 hours and are seeing 20/20 or better in 24 hours. On the other hand, daily contact lens wearers will spend 152 hours just putting in and taking out their contact lenses between the ages of 15 and 40.
Never having to hassle with contacts again is worth the cost of LASIK for some people, but when you realize the time saved is the equivalent of six full days… MIND BLOWN!
Imagine just a few of the following life-changing scenarios that LASIK patients call reality:
- Waking up in the morning and not fumbling around for glasses before you can literally do anything else.
- Taking a nap whenever you want because you won’t wake up with crusty contacts.
- Packing for a trip without wondering how many extra contact lenses you need, you know, just in case.
- Never running out of contact solution late at night… because you don’t need it!
- Having fun at the lake because you didn’t lose a contact lens or pair of prescription sunglasses.
- Just being outside and living an active lifestyle.
An important thing to consider when thinking about LASIK is the freedom factor. It’s simple, but it’s huge.
With glasses and contact lenses, your day-to-day activities are definitely impacted, if not limited. Swimming, exercising, reading, and even cooking can be more difficult when you have to worry about broken frames, lost lenses, and foggy glasses.
LASIK affords patients the personal freedom to live fully in the moment and see the world from a fresh perspective.
Paying for LASIK
So now that the dollars make sense and the value of LASIK is undeniable, there’s still the topic of paying for LASIK. At nJoy Vision, we want to reduce costs and payment insecurities as much as possible so that LASIK can be a reality for every candidate.
In addition to the LASIK promotions we run periodically throughout the year, we offer our patients attractive financing and savings plans all year long.
Through CareCredit, we are able to offer patients an affordable financing option with $0 down and 0% interest. FSA and HSA plans let you flex your bennies and save on LASIK with pre-tax funds that reduce your taxable income. We also offer LASIK discounts through corporate partner programs and insurance savings plans (Primary Vision Care Services and Vision Care Direct). Finally, we’re honored to provide LASIK discounts to union, civil service, and military professionals.
LASIK Value > LASIK Cost
According to a study by MyVision.org, respondents said they’d rather have perfect vision than perfect hair, perfect skin, or an expensive home. And 48% listed LASIK as the top elective procedure they would get. Tattoos were a distant #2 at 11%.
It’s clear that people understand the value of LASIK. But unfortunately, an inaccurate perception of the cost of LASIK keeps many people from having this life-changing procedure.
If you’ve been thinking about LASIK but are concerned it’s too expensive or unaffordable, schedule a free consultation and let us help find a way to handle the cost so you can enjoy the value of LASIK.
Call (405) 842-6060