Laser Eye Surgery Treatment Cost
By Live Dr - Thu Feb 17, 5:11 am
What is LASIK?
The cornea is a part of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. It works in much the same way that the lens of a camera focuses light to create an image on film. The bending and focusing of light is also known as refraction. Usually the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out-of-focus (blurred) or distorted. These imperfections in the focusing power of the eye are called refractive errors. There are three primary types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Persons with myopia, or nearsightedness, have more difficulty seeing distant objects as clearly as near objects. Persons with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have more difficulty seeing near objects as clearly as distant objects. Astigmatism is a distortion of the image on the retina caused by irregularities in the cornea or lens of the eye. Combinations of myopia and astigmatism or hyperopia and astigmatism are common. Glasses or contact lenses are designed to compensate for the eye’s imperfections. Surgical procedures aimed at improving the focusing power of the eye are called refractive surgery. In LASIK surgery, precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by a special laser reshapes the cornea changing its focusing power.
New LASIK Technology
Eyesight correction has evolved the past few centuries. We started with eyeglasses, which have been tested by centuries of use, then developed contact lenses for a more fashionable look. Some decades ago, a new form of eyesight correction was developed. This involved surgery and the change resulting from the operation is more permanent than previous solutions.
Several ways of performing eye surgery were developed, but the most popular of all is Lasik (short for Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). Lasik uses lasers to change the shape of the cornea (the front part of the eye that does most of the focusing for our eyes) to improve vision. However, several complaints came up after treatment so it became important to create new Lasik technologies to improve results and increase safety.
Wavefront technology was developed in the early 21st century. It is used to create a three-dimensional map of the cornea. This improved Lasik because the surgical plans developed from the maps are customized for each patient’s eye.
Also called IntraLasik and produced by the IntraLase Corporation, this new Lasik technology no longer needs to use a microkeratome (A microkeratome uses a blade to create the corneal flap, the first step of eye surgery). Instead a laser is used to create bubbles in the cornea and a flap can easily and precisely be lifted from the rest of the eye.
All-Laser Lasik may be the only option for those who had not, initially, been qualified for the surgery. Because new Lasik technology involves creating flaps with precise thickness, it allows patients with thin corneas or large pupils to undergo the treatment. Best of all it minimizes complications like buttonhole flaps (incomplete corneal flaps).
Advanced Control Eyetracking (ACE) Technology:
This was developed by Technolas Perfect Vision. The Eyetracker locks on to specific details in the iris. This information allows lasers to automatically adjust to eye movements during the surgery, to accurately reshape the cornea according to the surgical plan made before the operation.
Based on a study of 2,000 Lasik cases, the use of ACE increases the chance of curing astigmatism and reduces the chance of going back to the surgeon for another operation.
What new Lasik technology is currently being developed?
The latest technology in eye surgery is the microwave systems being developed by Avedro, Inc. Microwaves are used, instead of needles or lasers, to correct eyesight. Best of all, no tissue cutting is necessary with this technology. However, this device is targeted to be marketed for those with minimal nearsightedness and is also not a permanent solution to eye problems. It will be necessary to come back to the eye surgeon if vision blurs again. In addition, the device is still in development and may take more time before it is available to the public.
New Lasik technology developments have occurred the past few years. Some will be better than others in terms of price and others in terms of results. It is always best to check out which option will work out for the pocket and the requirements of the patient’s eyes.
The cost of laser eye surgery can vary widely depending on the area of the country in which LASIK is performed, the level of experience a surgeon possesses, the technology used during the surgery, and the degree of your refractive error. Your LASIK eye surgery price can range anywhere from $499 per eye to $2,500 per eye. However, it is important to remember that you should not base your choice of a LASIK surgeon solely on the cost of LASIK eye surgery; a less skilled ophthalmologist may charge a lower LASIK eye surgery price, but he or she may not have the same experience, training, or precise equipment as a more expensive doctor.
Cost of LASIK by Region
Many patients are curious if the cost of LASIK varies by region, and to some extent it does. Patients will encounter a higher LASIK eye surgery price in larger or more metropolitan cities, where doctors are trying to stay ahead of their competition by utilizing the latest laser technology. However, despite these influences, the average price of LASIK eye surgery in the United States remains relatively consistent from region to region.
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LASIK Cost Breakdown
The cost of LASIK eye surgery may or may not include any of the following:
- Royalties owed to laser manufacturers.
- Purchase and maintenance of surgical and technical equipment.
- Surgical gowns, gloves, masks, and other sterile and disposable materials.
- Medications used before, during, and after surgery, including anesthesia, eye drops, and oral pain medications.
- Rent for surgical and office facilities.
- Surgical and office staff salaries.
- Advertising fees.
- Pre- and post-operative evaluations for up to one year after surgery.
- Post-surgical enhancement, if needed.
Since many of these LASIK eye surgery price quotes are variable according to office location, the technology employed, and other factors specific to each surgeon, it is important for prospective patients to fully research what they are paying for when they have LASIK laser eye surgery. Be sure to ask surgeons to clearly outline what is and what is not included in their prices for LASIK before agreeing to any payment plans or methods.
What Increases LASIK Price?
For the power which is less than 3 it cost 400$ and 600$ for more than 3 in India. As they have different techniques to each of it.Another cause for variations in LASIK eye surgery price is the type of laser and technology used. LASIK with IntraLase®, which uses a laser rather than a microkeratome blade to create the corneal flap, costs between $250 and $500 more per eye. Custom LASIK, which employs wavefront technology to map the patient’s cornea, can cost between $200 and $500 more per eye. While many patients find these increased fees worthwhile, it is important for LASIK patients to fully research these new techniques to see if they are right for them. If you would like to learn more about financing options for laser eye surgery, please visit our LASIK financing page
LASIK Eye Surgery Price Discounts – What You Should Know
Many experts recommend avoiding discount laser eye surgery centers with aggressive advertising campaigns. Such centers often employ bait-and-switch tactics by bringing customers in with the promise of a low LASIK eye surgery price, then tagging numerous added fees onto the final cost of the surgery. Some surgeons advertise a low price, but patients come to realize this price applies only to patients who need very minimal corrections, and more extensive corrections boost the cost of LASIK eye surgery. Furthermore, some surgeons may charge less for LASIK because they do not have the experience or technology that other, more expensive surgeons may possess.
On the other hand, paying a higher price does not necessarily guarantee that you will get the best LASIK surgeon. To ensure that you find a skilled LASIK surgeon to perform your surgery, spend ample time researching the credentials of the eye surgeons in your area.
Choosing a LASIK Doctor
3. Equipment and procedure to be used.
One of the most important decisions is choosing the eye surgeon who will perform the surgery. An experienced and reputable doctor will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. To find a qualified doctor, try to get a recommendation from your primary eye doctor and talk to other people who have had eye surgery. Also, be wary of discount eye centers that offer rates much lower than other doctors – you usually get what you pay for – and you will most likely be sacrificing quality of care and treatment.
Some recommended questions are:
- How many procedures have you done?
- What is your complication rate, and how does this compare with national averages?
- Do you perform procedures at your own center, or do you need to travel elsewhere?
- What are your outcome statistics, and how do these compare with national averages?
- Has the surgical center you use ever had an outbreak of serious eye infections? If so, what caused this?
- If a complication does occur, what is your specific policy regarding follow-up?
- Do you charge extra if an enhancement is required?
- If you do charge extra for enhancements, what kind of a price break can be expected?
- If you don’t charge extra for enhancements, what is your cutoff date (one year, for example) for addressing problems after the initial procedure?
- Does your billing department break out and explain all costs associated with a LASIK or other vision correction procedure?
You need to be confident that you have chosen the right person. So if you are not happy with answers to your questions, consult another surgeon.
Other types of refractive surgery
Radial Keratotomy or RK and Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK are other refractive surgeries used to reshape the cornea. In RK, a very sharp knife is used to cut slits in the cornea changing its shape. PRK was the first surgical procedure developed to reshape the cornea, by sculpting, using a laser. Later, LASIK was developed. The same type of laser is used for LASIK and PRK. Often the exact same laser is used for the two types of surgery. The major difference between the two surgeries is the way that the stroma, the middle layer of the cornea, is exposed before it is vaporized with the laser. In PRK, the top layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, is scraped away to expose the stromal layer underneath. In LASIK, a flap is cut in the stromal layer and the flap is folded back.
Another type of refractive surgery is thermokeratoplasty in which heat is used to reshape the cornea. The source of the heat can be a laser, but it is a different kind of laser than is used for LASIK and PRK. Other refractive devices include corneal ring segments that are inserted into the stroma and special contact lenses that temporarily reshape the cornea (orthokeratology).
I had my eyes done not to wear glasses any more. The entire surgery has been taped.
This is how it is done on one eye (only half of the movie but you get to see all of how it happens).
I removed the ability to add comments because the same questions keep coming up. People do not read the thread and just post their same old questions all over. I have other things to attend to but answering the same 5 questions eternally.
So if you have questions related to the surgery and how it happens (although it should be obvious on the vid already) then ask you surgeon or Google them.
Here are the top asked (serious) questions and the answers.
– Risks: It is risky, things can go wrong and when they do it is *VERY* bad because fixing them damaged eyes always results in worse sight and life than before you touched them to start with. Risks increase with the surgeon’s poor skills. Always ask around about the reputation of your surgeon and beware of cheap ones. Good surgeons have very low risk rates and the ugly ones are awful. The risk stats you will read in the net are like 5% it goes wrong, that is an average across all surgeons. Don’t think any surgeon has a 5% failure. It is usually 99,9% or 50%.
– Price: depends on the surgeon, as stated above beware of the cheapo’s. I paid 2700 euro’s. Recent reports of friends that went to the same surgeon reported 3000 euro’s. That is for both eyes. If you have a guy offering 500$ for an eye (or both), run away!
– Dry eyes: You get drops to keep putting in them, before, right after, and for a few months. After a year or so things get back to normal. I went to the Sahara desert two months after and forgot my sun glasses before leaving, NO PROBLEM!
– Flap (the slice) healing: According to some sites it never heals. Knowing a bit of science it is logical. What does heal quickly is the ultra thin layer covering the cornea. But actual facts: IT just sucks on it when placed back, it is not stitched nor glued. So the first 24 hours NOTHING SHOULD TOUCH YOUR EYES. You get goggles to sleep the first night to avoid overnight accidents. The next day the surgeon wants to check you out (if he doesn’t then change surgeon). The first weeks don’t touch your eyes! the flap takes up to two years to get its most strength and never is as strong as an untouched eye forever. So if you are a boxer or into other activities where your head gets banged DO NOT DO LASIK. Instead go for PRK (search Google for PRK). Dito if you want to be an airplane pilot (or if you are already). I heard LASIK eyes are forbidden in the fly world. After 6 months up to a year the flap is strong enough so as to it would need trauma big enough to even severely damage normal eyes too.
– Staring during the operation: No issue, there is nothing else to look at so no distraction and looking at the red dot is peanuts. Stop worrying about that. I’ve seen vids of blondes having the same surgery, do you estimate yourself inferior to blondes?
– Closing eyelids: Impossible, the clamps hold them steady. These clamps do not hurt (see below for pain).
– Pain: Nothing. There are painkilling drops in the eyes before the operation. The only thing “annoying” are the white swabs dipping the moist around the eye. It stains a bit. After the operation you are *VERY* sensitive to light (like daylight) for a few hours. So someone else will have to drive you home and you will be keeping the eyes closed.
– Dilated pupils. Yes you get drops to dilate them fully so the surgeon can see the area that needs to be done in its full extend. Without that, the risk to LASIK a to small area means that during nights your vision will suck because at night your pupils dilate too and the non corrected area let light enter your eyes with the vision troubles you had before. That is when people have blurred night vision, double vision, etc…
– Night vision with sparkles around light sources. This one was never asked but I mention it just in case you would creep out of it after you decide to do this. It is normal and will go away over time like the healing of the flap. It goes gradually and takes months. If you worry, ask your surgeon all about it, he can also double check your eyes after the surgery.
That’s all folks. Thanks for the many comments but now it is time to close this chapter.