The biggest deterrent to having LASIK surgery is cost. LASIK surgery, because it‚Äôs an elective procedure, is not covered by most health insurance providers meaning the financial burden is left to the patient. And for many people, the out-of-pocket cost of $3,000-$4,000 is tough to justify when eyeglasses and contact lenses cost much less.
For a procedure that generally takes less than 30 minutes and doesn‚Äôt utilize anesthesia or a hospital bed, LASIK may seem costly.
Why buyer beware? Many ads stress unrealistic surgical prices - $99 an eye, for example. With the cost of equipment, office space and what a surgeon and staff needs to earn to live a comfortable existence, $99 an eye is ridiculous.
Keep repeating over and over:
You get what you pay for.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.