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Comparing the Cost of LASIK and Contacts

The cost of LASIK surgery is one of the most common concerns patients have when considering the procedure. And understandably so, as LASIK surgery tends to have a larger upfront cost than both glasses and contacts. However, statistics show LASIK surgery is actually a wise financial investment. In this month’s blog post, trusted eye surgeon Mark R. Mandel, MD, of Optima Eye decided it would be a good idea to compare the cost of LASIK to the life-long cost of contacts.

The Average Cost of Contacts

If you wear contacts and replace them every two weeks (as recommended by eye doctors), you can expect to spend approximately $220 to $260 per year on contacts. If you wear daily disposable contacts, you can expect to spend about $480 to $720 per year. Contact lenses designed to correct presbyopia and astigmatism tend to cost more, typically around $500 to $700 year. It is also important to factor in the cost of cleaning supplies for your contacts. Your annual cost for contact lens solution can be roughly $150 to $200 a year. In short, the lifetime cost of wearing and caring for contacts can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars over time.

The Average Cost of LASIK

The final price of your LASIK surgery will depend on several factors, including the technology used for the procedure, the difficulty of the procedure and how much vision correction you need. On average, LASIK can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000 per eye. While LASIK surgery has a larger upfront cost than contacts, many of our patients consider the procedure to be a wise investment that pays for itself over time and helps save money in the long run.

Financing Your LASIK Surgery

At Optima Eye, we strive to make laser vision correction available for everyone who needs it. This is why we are proud to offer our patients low-cost financing plans through CareCredit. CareCredit allows patients to make affordable monthly payments that fit every patient’s budget. Speak to a member of our team today to learn more about financing your LASIK surgery with CareCredit.

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