How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?
If you are fed up with your glasses or contacts, it may be time to learn if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery for vision correction. This group of 3 procedures includes LASIK, PRK, and SMILE. All 3 procedures offer safe, effective vision correction for healthy adults with stable eye prescriptions. We understand that you will have questions about the cost of laser vision correction and hope to provide answers.
What is Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery broadly refers to a procedure where a laser is used to alter the shape of your cornea to match your eye prescription. This is akin to tattooing your contact or glasses prescription onto the front of the eye (cornea) so you no longer need to wear corrective lenses.
How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?
Many factors contribute to the cost of laser eye surgery. You can expect to find different prices depending on:
- Your provider’s skill and experience
- The brand and type of Laser your surgeon is using
- Your location
- The specific type of laser eye surgery
The type or strength of your prescription will not usually affect your cost, although it may affect which procedure(s) you qualify for. Different types of laser eye surgery may have different pricing. On average, LASIK costs range from $2,000 to $4,000 per eye.
We recommend a consultation that will allow Dr. Wu to assess your specific needs and determine which type of procedure (LASIK, SMILE, PRK) will work best for you. If you have questions about paying for your procedure, we encourage you to look into our financing options. Financing makes laser eye surgery affordable on almost any budget.
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How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?
All three types of laser eye surgery use the same basic principle, using a laser to remove a precise amount of corneal tissue to match a specific eye prescription to create clear vision. However, they utilize different techniques that make each one more suitable for different individuals.
LASIK (Laser in-situ keratomileusis)
This is the most well-known type of laser eye surgery, which works by creating a small flap on the surface of the cornea to expose the stroma (middle section of the cornea). Dr. Wu lifts this flap aside and uses a different laser to reshape the cornea, before replacing the flap. LASIK is a great option for most people, except for those individuals with thin or abnormally shaped corneas, people with chronic dry eyes, or those who participate in martial arts or certain contact sports.
SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction)
We refer to SMILE as flapless LASIK. During this procedure, a laser makes 2 passes to create a disc of corneal tissue underneath the surface. This disc is removed through a tiny incision that causes minimal disruption of your corneal surface. SMILE is suitable for combat and active individuals with nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism prescription and those who desire a reduced risk for dry eyes.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
This procedure is the preferred laser correction option in patients with thin corneas or those who have had previous LASIK treatment. PRK is also flapless but has a longer recovery time compared with other laser correction surgeries. It works by Dr. Wu removing the epithelial (outer skin) layer of the cornea to expose the stroma (middle layer) before using a laser to reshape the cornea and then allowing the epithelium (skin) to grow back, resulting in no flap or incision when the eye is fully healed. PRK is ideal for those who are not candidates for other types of laser vision correction surgery.
What is Recovery Like After Laser Eye Surgery?
Your recovery period after laser eye surgery depends on the type of procedure you have. LASIK and SMILE usually allow you to drive and return to work within a day or two. You may experience sensitivity or blurriness for several days, and your vision will continue to improve for several weeks. PRK requires five to seven days of recovery time, before returning to normal activities, and your vision may take four to eight weeks to stabilize afterward.
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