We all love a bargain, don’t we? But when it comes to something as precious as our eyes and being able to see clearly without glasses or lenses, quality is much more important, of course.
Nevertheless, it’s prudent to spend some time shopping around for a LASIK provider that delivers impeccable customer service, treatment by world-class eye surgeons and excellent value for money - because nobody wants to pay over the odds for anything either.
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK is a modern form of laser eye surgery: a refractive eye surgery procedure that can correct problems with your vision that are related to a variety of common eye conditions, such as astigmatism, long-sightedness, short-sightedness and presbyopia.
The word LASIK stands for ‘laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis’. And it is one of the most popular laser eye surgery procedures performed around the world – due to the speed and accuracy of the operation and the rapid improvement made to vision.
During the operation - which takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish - your eye surgeon will use computer-driven laser technology to reshape your cornea and quickly correct your eye’s refractive error. The entire procedure is blade-free and painless thanks to the state-of-the-art femtosecond laser we use at Optegra. And you’ll be able to return to your usual day to day activities within a couple of hours of surgery.
How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?
In the UK, the average cost of LASIK laser eye surgery ranges from £800 - £3000 per eye. But you should be aware that there are many factors that can influence the final cost, which may not be apparent at first glance with some of the cheaper advertised options.
At Optegra, LASIK laser eye surgery starts from £1,795 per eye - with monthly payments over 48 months starting from as low as £45.08 per month, including a free consultation with the Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon who will perform your surgery.
We aren’t at the bottom end of the scale. And that’s because we offer LASIK treatment at state-of-the-art eye hospitals, performed by some of the best laser eye surgeons in the UK. But we’re not the most expensive either because we continually price-check our LASIK prices against other high quality providers to make sure we’re providing our customers with incredible value for money.
5 reasons why choosing the cheap laser eye surgery option may cost you more in the long run
It’s human nature to be drawn towards the cheaper option. Let’s face it; we’d all rather spend our hard earned money on exotic holidays and other luxuries, so if there is an opportunity to save some money we’re all for it. But when it comes to something as important as your eyes – especially as there are so many factors that can influence the cost – it pays to make sure you really are getting value for money.
Here are six common reasons why the cheaper option might end up costing you more in the long run:
1. Consultation not included
The first step for all LASIK patients is a one to one consultation with your surgeon to discuss your treatment. Many providers, at the cheaper end of the scale, do not include the price of your consultation and this could eventually cost you an additional £80 - £170.
2. Diagnostic eye tests
As part of your consultation, to work out the best course of treatment for your eye condition, you will need a thorough eye examination – including a range of advanced diagnostic tests to check your eyes for refractive errors. If the price you have been quoted for surgery is particularly low, you may need to check whether it includes the costs of these imperative eye tests.
3. Interest charged on monthly instalments
LASIK eye surgery can be a large investment to pay out all at once, so you may decide to pay for your treatment via monthly payments. It’s important to check whether the provider you have chosen will charge you additional interest on top of the advertised price for your eye surgery – as many don’t make this clear, and it could result in making your treatment much less affordable.
4. Aftercare costs
The costs of aftercare supplies, medications and follow-up appointments can be another source of additional costs that could end up making your treatment more expensive in the long run. You will need eye shields to wear whilst sleeping and medicated eye drops, plus it’s always advisable to attend a follow-up appointment with your consultant to check the healing process is progressing as it should.
All of these costs are included in our standard LASIK eye surgery costs.
5. Post-surgery support
The first few days and weeks after laser eye surgery can be an anxious time for some patients; you may notice things about your eyes that you’re worried about. The chance of an eye infection after surgery is very low – especially if you choose an experienced surgeon. But there is a small risk, and it’s important to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon. Some providers may levy an additional charge for post-surgical support, so we’d advise you to check whether this can of support is included in the price of treatment – as it is at Optegra.
To find out more about the cost of LASIK eye surgery, you can visit the dedicated laser eye surgery section of our website or call us free on 0808 178 6336 – between 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 4pm on Saturday.