Is LASIK Surgery Worth It? (Updated 2024)

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If the first thing you do in the morning is fumble for your glasses so you can read the time on the clock next to your bed, you might be wondering about LASIK and whether the procedure is worth it. What you might not realize is that LASIK is more affordable than long-term eye care associated with wearing glasses and contact lenses. 

Affordable LASIK Eye Surgery

If you’re wondering if there is a 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.

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Why is LASIK surgery so expensive?

LASIK surgery can be expensive due to several factors:

  1. Advanced Technology: The equipment used for LASIK, such as femtosecond and excimer lasers, is highly sophisticated and costly. These machines require regular maintenance and calibration to ensure precision and safety.
  2. Surgeon Expertise: At nJoy in Oklahoma City, each LASIK surgeon has undergone extensive training and education. Their expertise and experience are crucial for successful outcomes, and this level of skill and training often comes at a higher cost.
  3. Pre- and Post-Operative Care: Comprehensive pre-operative evaluations and post-operative care are included in the cost. This includes diagnostic tests, follow-up visits, and any necessary medications.
  4. Facility Costs: The surgery is performed in specialized facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology, contributing to the overall expense.
  5. Customization: Modern LASIK procedures are highly customized to the patient’s unique eye structure and vision needs. This customization requires additional technology and expertise.

To learn more, read our blog post about what influences the cost of LASIK at our Oklahoma City practice.

LASIK is usually considered an elective procedure, meaning it’s not covered by most health insurance plans. This lack of coverage means patients must pay out of pocket. Despite the high upfront cost, many patients find LASIK to be a worthwhile investment due to the long-term benefits and potential savings on glasses and contact lenses over time.

Comparing LASIK to the Annual Cost of Corrective Lenses & Eye Care

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.

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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.

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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 Value: Not Just Financial

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.

Time Saved

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!

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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.

Personal Freedom

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. 

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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

Nine out of ten 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. 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 with an Oklahoma City LASIK surgeon and let us help find a way to handle the cost so you can enjoy the value of LASIK.

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