Clear vision without the hassle of tearing or dislodged lenses is not the only advantage that LASIK has over contact lenses. It turns out that it is more cost-effective over time, too. Read on for the cost comparison of LASIK surgery versus contact lenses.
It has been estimated that the average contact lens wearer spends a conservative average of $240 per year on contact lenses and their maintenance. This price includes the replenishment of the contact lens supply, contact lens solution and eye drops. And since this cost is considered a base price, it doesn’t include the additional cost of specialty contact lenses such as daily disposable, bifocal and gas-permeable lenses. Add to this the cost of a yearly eye exam, with an average cost range of $50 to $100, and a person will spend at least $300 annually on contact lens-related products and upkeep. With these estimates, a person who wears contact lenses for 15 years will spend $4,500 dollars on related costs.
The cost of having LASIK surgery varies greatly, though a safe estimate for the treatment of both eyes would be around $4,000. And though most insurance plans don’t cover the cost of LASIK, they may offer discounts with affiliated surgeons. In any case, without a discount, the one-time cost of $4,000 for LASIK compared with the costs associated with contact lenses means that in less than 14 years, the LASIK surgery will have paid for itself. Since 50 percent of contact lens wearers are between 25 and 44 years old, and 25 percent are 45 and older, the majority of contact lens wearers can recuperate the expense of LASIK surgery during their lifetime.
Saving money is not the only benefit of LASIK. With LASIK, you can expect:
At Belmont Eye Center, we offer the Care Credit Monthly Payment option for our laser vision correction patients. This payment plan allows you to break down the cost of LASIK surgery into affordable monthly payments, including a 0 percent interest rate for those who qualify.
Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, find out how LASIK can free you from the confines — and cost! — of wearing contact lenses or glasses. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Belmont by calling the Belmont Eye Center at (212) 486-2020.