What’s behind the cost of laser eye surgery?

The cost of laser eye surgery – one of the most revolutionary developments in corrective eye treatments – can seem like a large financial commitment.   However when you consider that the average contact lens wearer will spend over £13,140 on lenses in their lifetime it becomes a no brainer. 

Whether you are short sighted or long sighted, if you wear lenses you still need six monthly contact lens checks, not to mention your back up glasses (average price of £200) as well as a sight test every two years.

The average cost of laser eye surgery is £1775 per eye – a far cheaper option when you really look into it.
As well as enjoying 20/20 vision or better, you will save on average £9590, to spend on things that really matter to you. 

Not only that, but the risk of infections and complications are actually greater with wearing contact lenses on a daily basis than having any form of refractive surgery.

Imagine it:

  • No more expensive glasses

  • No more fiddling about with expensive contact lenses

  • Less risk of infections and dry eye

Can you really imagine how great that would be?
If you’ve been wearing lenses for a long time, you might actually find it difficult. They’ve been such a big part of your life for so long, it’s hard to visualise yourself having perfect vision. But after laser eye surgery, that’s exactly what your life will be like; Carefree and easy. Can you put a price on that?

But there’s no getting away from it, although undoubtedly life-changing and cost-effective in the long term - laser eye surgery can initially be expensive, so it pays to do your research and make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Comparing the cost of laser eye surgery
Conversely, before you get down to the nitty-gritty of laser eye treatment – looking into prices, or working out how to spread the cost of your surgery with finance, it’s advisable to spend some time locating the best eye hospital to perform your surgery by finding out:

  • How much laser eye surgery have they performed?

  • Are they trusted by GP’s and/or Optometrists?

  • Do they use the latest in laser eye surgery technology?

  • What do their customer’s reviews say about them?

These are your eyes we’re talking about; the eyes you use to see the world – the true beauty of nature and the life-affirming smiles on your loved ones’ faces. You’re not shopping for the latest flat-screen TV at a knock-down price. You’re shopping for a trusted eye specialist who can perform the highly-skilled ophthalmic procedure of correcting your vision with laser eye surgery – to put the sparkle back in your eyes and give you a whole new lease of life.

Following this initial research, once you’re confident you’ve selected a short-list of providers whose consultant credentials, state of the art treatment facilities and positive customer reviews make you feel reassured and relaxed about choosing them for your treatment, you can begin the process of comparing the cost of laser eye surgery with each of the providers on your list.

6 Facts about laser eye surgery cost
Nobody likes surprises – particularly when it comes to your eyes. But aside from the intricacies of laser eye surgery and choosing a world-class surgeon to perform the treatment, we understand you want to make sure that all eventual costs have been accounted for, too.
When you’re budgeting to make a large investment, we know you don’t want to get any nasty surprises further down the line. And you don’t want to be presented with a large bill for unexpected expenses at the end of your treatment either; that’s why we’ve created this informative guide to the top six things that can affect the end cost of laser eye surgery.
#1 Consultation
Before your laser eye surgery, you will need preliminary eye examinations and screening tests to check the health of your eyes, so your consultant can work out the best treatment plan to correct your vision.

Some clinics charge extra for this service on top of the advertised price for laser eye surgery. But at Optegra, all consultations are included in the quoted price – so you don’t have to worry about additional costs; the price you see is the price you pay.
#2 Type of Laser Eye Surgery
There are three different types of laser eye surgery: LASIK, LASEK or SMILE. And the type of treatment you have is dependent on the seriousness of your vision problems. But your consultant will advise you on the most appropriate solution for your needs.
If you’re comparing the cost of laser eye surgery at different clinics, make sure you’re comparing prices for the right type of laser eye surgery for your specific prescription.
#3 Aftercare
After your laser eye surgery you may want to contact your surgeon or eye clinic with questions or queries relating to eye care following your surgery. This service should be free of charge - as it is at Optegra. To avoid additional costs, you should make sure your chosen clinic doesn’t charge extra for aftercare advice.
#4 Medications
Depending on the type of laser eye surgery you opt for, your consultant may prescribe certain medications or other supplies, such as eye shields or goggles – to protect your eyes. When you’re selecting an eye clinic or eye hospital to perform your laser eye surgery, make sure these costs have been included in your treatment plan, too.
#5 Finance
At Optegra, we offer 0% finance on laser eye surgery treatment. Treatment starts from £179.50 per eye, per month – including a Free Consultation.

You should be aware that some clinics charge additional interest, on top of the cash price, for paying for your laser eye surgery, so you should check out the small print before proceeding with your treatment.
#6 Hidden Costs
If you’re using a reputable eye clinic there shouldn’t be any hidden costs, and all eventualities should be made clear to you before treatment commences. On the rare occasion that your personal prescription exceeds what can be corrected with standard laser treatment, you may require additional treatment. But at Optegra, this is discussed and agreed at the consultation stage. 

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Optegra UK Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and act as a credit broker. Credit is provided by Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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