Many people are intrigued by LASIK but find that they’re intimidated by the cost. If you’re one of those people, here’s something you may want to consider: Although the initial cost of LASIK may be significant, it could actually save you money in the long run.
Keep in mind that you will be wearing, and paying for, glasses or contacts for the next 20 years or more. Think about that, and also think about these facts from the American Refractive Surgery Council that show that an investment in LASIK can benefit both your vision and your wallet:
- If your contacts cost at least $70 a box, a six-month supply will cost $280.
- If you pay for vision insurance, it may only cost you $10 a month, but that’s only worth it if you get money back on contacts or glasses. Regular checkups are usually free after LASIK surgery.
- If you get a new pair of glasses every year, they could cost you $150 a pair or more. If you need more than one (distance and reading), that could be $300.
- Contact lens supplies also add up – over 10 years, the expense of contact lens maintenance can be well over the cost of the LASIK procedure.
Do the math and see if LASIK makes sense for you. Or come in and talk with us. In addition to explaining the medical side of LASIK, we can help you figure out to pay for it, with options that include financing through a health care financing company, directly through our practice, or by using a flexible spending account. Some financing plans give you up to five years to pay for the procedure.
The IRS considers LASIK to be a tax-deductible medical expense and while your medical expenditures may have to exceed a certain percentage of your income, the procedure may help you reach that amount.
So, don’t let financial considerations keep you from investing in your quality of your life. LASIK can deliver great vision, making activities more enjoyable and eliminating the worry and frustration of losing glasses and potential eye irritation and infections related to contact lens use. To learn more, contact us or visit the American Refractive Surgery Council at www.americnrefractivesurgerycouncil.org.