WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO PAY FOR MODERN LASIK IN THE BAY AREA?
At the Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley, we strive to provide the best vision correction care possible. While we aren’t a discount surgery center, we continually monitor the cost of LASIK around the Bay Area to make sure that we are competitively-priced compared to other reputable surgeons.
Recently, a leading industry analyst published a report, which compared LASIK pricing among 1,900 refractive surgeons and laser centers from across the nation. One of the most interesting conclusions of this report was that there was a fairly narrow cost range (about $400) for the final “total” cost of LASIK regardless which surgeon performed the procedure when using similar technology. While factors other than “price” should be more important when selecting an eye surgeon, this report showed that “price” was not a major differentiating point after all. Fortunately, this means that patients have the liberty to choose the best refractive surgeon for their once-in-a-lifetime vision correction procedure.
The results showed the average “out the door” cost for Modern LASIK performed by a reputable surgeon was about $5,350 total (or $2,675 per eye).
As of 2020, the listed price for LASIK in the Bay Area ranges from $999* per eye (*major restrictions apply) to $3,400 per eye. Why such a range? After disregarding “bait & switch” teaser rates, a few conclusions can be made about LASIK cost. First, the most modern/advanced laser technologies tend to cost more than older non-customized technology. Second, experienced surgeons that are personally involved with direct patient care may not be as cheap as surgeons that delegate patient care to referring eye optometric doctors. Lastly, unpopular facilities may advertise discount surgery fees in attempt to boost surgery volume. Currently, one can realistically expect to spend somewhere between $4,400 to $6,800 total for LASIK in the Bay Area. With “2 year interest-free” financing, the payments should range from $183 to $283 per month, respectively, for 24 months.
TRENDS & HISTORICAL AVERAGES OF COST
The price for LASIK trended downward from 1995 to 2001. After 2001, the average price of LASIK gradually rose each year but plateaued since 2009. The introduction of more advanced technologies options has further stratified the cost for laser vision correction into pricing tiers. As the benefits of using the advanced technologies became more established, the percentage of higher-priced Customized LASIK procedures outpaced the percentage of lower cost Standard LASIK procedures. This shift accounted for the rise in “average” price. However, when making “apple-to-apples” comparisons, the actual cost of Modern LASIK procedures has remained stable over recent years.
HOW MUCH ARE MONTHLY PAYMENTS FOR LASIK?
We have partnered with CareCredit and GreenSky financing for interest-free financing payment plans. Click to see their online calculator that can help you get a sense of your financing options and estimated monthly payments. However, to get exact pricing and to see whether you qualify for our special offers, we recommend scheduling a free consultation. During your consultation, our staff will work with you directly to develop a plan that makes LASIK affordable and within your budget.