Why Is Laser Eye Surgery So Expensive?

8 March 2024

By Author: Alex J Shortt

Laser eye surgery might seem expensive, particularly if you’re on a bit of a budget or trying to save for another big purchase. As with many other things, it’s tempting to shop around to find the best price; it is also vital to consider the importance of having a high-quality treatment. 

 Laser eye surgery is such a quick and convenient procedure that people may not consider that it isn’t like having a haircut or a spa treatment. In fact, it is a delicate medical process that requires expertise and aftercare, and you need to be sure that you invest your time, health, and money in someone you can trust.

 When considering the question of why laser eye surgery is so expensive, we also need to compare the costs of alternative vision correction, such as contact lenses and glasses, throughout a lifetime. When costs are compared, you will find investment in laser eye surgery is not as expensive as you might first suspect and, in fact be a less expensive option compared to a monthly direct debit for contact lenses or new spectacles every two years.


How Expensive Is Laser Eye Surgery? 

 At Optegra, we charge a fixed price per eye for our laser eye surgery, with the option of paying upfront or using one of several price plans.

The cost will differ depending on the type of laser eye surgery you have, so it is important to discuss the different options with your consultant. LASIK and LASEK surgery costs £1,795 per eye, while ReLEx SMILE costs £2,495 per eye. This is the total cost (not a from price) and includes consultations, aftercare, and access to outstanding facilities.

We offer a range of finance options, including options with 0% APR, to help spread the cost of the surgery to smaller manageable payments.


Why is Laser Eye Surgery Expensive?  

Those of us who love a bargain may be tempted to look for cheap laser eye surgery offers online or even abroad, but it’s important to understand that this may not be the best option for your eye health. Medical procedures are very serious and should not involve taking shortcuts. When it comes to your vision, it’s worth remembering that quality is much more important than cost.

If you are thinking of going abroad for laser eye surgery to save money, you should think this through thoroughly, as it may not be the safest option, and when you factor in the costs of travel, it may not be the cheapest option either. Regulation of surgeons and accountability for when things don’t go to plan is not always guaranteed abroad. 

 Having your treatment with a reputable provider such as Optegra may cost more, but this is because you’ll be benefitting from:

 World-class laser eye surgeons: Our surgeons are all NHS-trained and have the highest levels of experience and skills. Each consultant is renowned in their field and completely committed to providing our patients with first-class treatment. Every Optegra consultant is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO). Our laser eye surgeons have carried out thousands of eye treatment surgeries.

Our renowned surgeons are further supported by specialised teams with relevant and dedicated ophthalmic expertise – so you’re in the safest possible hands. This is important as you don’t want to be taking risks with your eyesight.

At Optegra, your costs also help pay for our dedicated eye hospitals, the very best facilities and technology, plus comprehensive aftercare.

All of this will also help to increase your chances of getting the best possible results from your treatment, and after all, isn’t that the most important thing?


Why High-Quality Treatment Costs More?

The unrelenting standards at Optegra ensure that your laser eye surgery will be performed at the very highest standards, offering the best chances of good outcomes. Everything from our investment in technology and facilities to our renowned surgeons means that we do not take shortcuts or chances with your valuable eyesight.


We Use the Latest Laser Eye Technology & Equipment

Choosing to have your laser eye surgery with Optegra means choosing a high-quality, professional service. Our eye hospitals feature state-of-the-art facilities, including the latest medical technology and everything you need to be comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. From our reception areas to our specially designed recovery suites, we’ve developed the most comfortable and satisfying laser eye surgery experience. And it’s all included in our up-front price. In contrast, cheaper providers cannot afford the same level of technology and facilities that you’ll enjoy with laser eye surgery at Optegra.

 Optegra’s laser eye surgeons go above and beyond to make sure that you receive the highest level of treatment. With many years of experience, our surgeons are all specialists in their fields and are fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists or equivalent organisations. We choose them just as much for their dedication and care as we do for their skills, so they’ll be happy to help with any queries you might have.

 You’ll be with the same surgeon from your first consultation through to your surgery and even your aftercare, so you’ll know that you’re always in safe hands. Our comprehensive aftercare plan is in place to help ensure that you’re happy with the results of your treatment and that your recovery is progressing well.

We pride ourselves on providing outstanding service and fantastic results for every patient, and this makes our laser eye surgery excellent value. Don’t just take our word for it, though – take a look at what our patients review about their experiences with us.


Our Comprehensive Aftercare Program

A meticulous and efficient postoperative procedure is imperative in laser eye surgery.

When selecting a laser eye surgery facility, the aftercare aspect requires careful consideration. Receiving appropriate care is crucial for achieving desired outcomes and minimising the chances of post-treatment discomfort or complications. Here at Optegra, we take pride in providing extensive and meticulous aftercare services for all our patients undergoing laser eye surgery.

The aftercare is included with your laser eye surgery price, and our dedicated team are always on hand to answer your questions and address concerns following your procedure.


World-Class Laser Eye Surgeons

You wouldn’t want to sit in a plane being operated by someone having a go for the first time, would you? Similarly, the quality and experience of your laser eye surgeon are paramount in achieving the best possible outcomes.

 Dedicated Eye Hospitals 

At Optegra, we only do eyes. Unlike generic hospitals or smaller high street clinics, laser eye surgery is conducted in one of our nationwide, dedicated eye hospitals. This means our entire infrastructure is set up to facilitate success and optimum outcomes.

View our complete list of eye hospitals.


Make the Payments Flexible with Our 0% Finance-Free Options

Premium Laser Eye Surgery is now more accessible than ever, thanks to our generous 0% finance-free options. Patients can enjoy up to 24 months of interest-free finance. Feel free to discuss this during your virtual consultation, and our patient services team will answer any questions you may have.


What’s Next? Book Your Free Consultation Today

Ready to explore a life free from the hassle of contact lenses and glasses? Book your free virtual consultation today.


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By Author: Alex J Shortt

Mr Shortt is a leading ophthalmic surgeon and an expert in the fields of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery.

Medically Reviewed Date: 8th March 2024


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