Anyone with bad vision has at least considered LASIK or a similar vision correction procedure. You may have even begun researching LASIK doctors in your area.
Common questions people often Google during this research phase are “How much is LASIK?” or “How much does LASIK cost?”
In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at how much you can expect to pay for your LASIK treatment. We’ll also discuss the value vs. the cost of laser eye surgery, along with popular ways to pay for LASIK.
Let’s dig in…
“So Just How Much Does LASIK Cost?”
In San Antonio, LASIK starts between $2000 – $3000 per eye, depending on a number of factors:
- The level technology a surgeon provides
- The surgeon’s experience
- If the price includes pre-operative and post-operative care
- The type of treatment you need – whether that’s LASIK or a different vision correction treatment
While we can’t speak for every LASIK place in San Antonio, we are happy to share how we do things at Parkhurst NuVision.
Parkhurst NuVision is not the highest price in town, and we certainly aren’t the lowest. You will not find cheap LASIK at Parkhurst NuVision. Our surgeons cut no corners in providing exceptional patient care and advanced, proven technologies for our patients.
(Don’t take our word for it. Check out what hundreds of patients have said in their 5-star reviews on Google)
At Parkhurst NuVision, you have access to so much more than LASIK. Rest assured, we will recommend the best procedure for you. Thankfully, we offer all 7 FDA-approved vision correction treatments for our patients, more than any other office in the region due to the advanced training of our doctors.
Why is that important? Because your eyes are as unique as your fingerprint, and there’s no “one size fits all” treatment to improve vision. And regardless of which treatment is right for your eyes, your NuVision surgery includes all of your appointments at no extra cost to you.
For now, let’s dig further into this “cost of LASIK” question.
Why are you spending valuable time to read this article? Because you’re trying to figure out “Is LASIK a good decision for me?” Part of choosing LASIK is a money decision. But it’s less about price, and actually about value. What you get for what you spend compared to what you’re already spending on your eyes (which if you’ve ever done the math, can add up quickly).
Here’s what I mean…
Price vs. Value – Why We Don’t Ask “How Much is a House?”
Many of us make the mistake of looking at investments in a bubble. As if they are isolated. Rarely is that the case.
Let’s say you’re looking to buy a new home for you and your family. You wouldn’t start with the question – “How much is a house?” Why not?
Because the price of the house depends on dozens of factors – The size of the house, size of the lot, if the house is new or old, etc.
Knowing the price of the house isn’t useful without considering the other factors.
Picture 2 houses – House A is at the bottom of your budget range, a real steal of a buy. House B is toward the top of your budget.
If we’re looking at only price, House A sounds perfect. Let’s buy it! Eh, maybe we should investigate a little further first…
Turns out even though House A has a low price, it needs a ton of updates just to make it livable. That quickly gets expensive.
It’s also a little small for your family. Should be fine for now, but you’ll outgrow it in a couple years.
Now look at House B – it’s higher priced than House A. It’s also 10 minutes from your office, in a school district you love, with a huge yard for your kids.
If you compare the two houses by only one factor – price – you’re going to end up with a bunch of expensive home improvement projects and likely a lot of frustration. And it’s all for a place you’re just going to outgrow in a couple of years. (Thanks for nothing, House A!)
Rather than consider price, if you consider value, House B is clearly the better option. Because value takes into consideration price and many other factors.
The value of LASIK is so much more than its price. LASIK provides a new level of freedom for those with bad vision. LASIK provides convenience. In many cases, people can enjoy activities they literally could not do before they had LASIK.
Seeing their kids in the swimming pool, for example. Or reading the shampoo bottle in the shower. One patient told us, “It sounds ridiculous, but if I didn’t have my shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles line up in the right order, I wouldn’t be able to tell which is which.”
That may sound silly to someone who can see clearly already. But those with bad vision know the struggle.
Our House A/House B analogy was useful in discussing the idea of value. The one problem with comparing it to LASIK – House B was priced notably higher than House A.
And this is where the house comparison to LASIK breaks down…
Why Some Patients Say “LASIK Pays for Itself”
It’s easy to think of LASIK as a completely added expense.
But let’s go back to our housing scenario for a minute. You wouldn’t look at buying a new house as a completely added expense. Why? Because you already pay rent or a mortgage for a place to live right now. That money needs to be factored into the equation.
Likewise, anyone with bad vision already spends money to solve their bad-vision problem – through prescription glasses, contact lenses, reading glasses, bifocals, progressives or some combination of those.
If you have bad vision, good vision isn’t free. But maybe it can be?
We have patients who say LASIK is like finally having “free vision.” They’ve worn contacts for a decade, spent thousands of dollars on them, and then they have LASIK.
The big difference is when someone invests in vision correction treatment – it’s not a continual expense. When you have a 24-month LASIK payment plan, it ends in 2 years. As opposed to buying new contacts month after month… year after year… for decades.
Glasses and contacts are a permanent expense for temporary good vision. Modern LASIK is the exact opposite – a temporary investment for a permanent treatment of your problem.
That’s why patients tell us the procedure typically pays for itself within a very short time frame. We’ve even had patients report an immediate savings of up to $850/year simply by switching from costly daily contact lenses to an affordable Modern LASIK payment plan.
It’s the same way many of us upgrade our smart phones…
Take the “Smart Phone” Approach with Low Monthly Payment Plans
More than 40 million smartphones were purchased in the US last year. But when it’s time to upgrade, many of us don’t outright buy the latest smartphone. We use a financing plan to make small monthly payments toward the purchase.
We pay for it over time, but enjoy it now.
Many of our patients take this same approach for Modern LASIK. In fact, we work with several different financial institutions to offer flexible payment plans to fit your budget.
Depending on your preferences, you may like a $0-down option, a specific monthly payment amount or even an interest-free plan. Parkhurst NuVision offers all 3 of these payment types, which we review with each patient in detail at their appointment.
Payment plans are one popular way people budget for LASIK. HSAs and FSAs are another…
“What’s the Deal with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA)?”
FSAs and HSAs are two other popular ways to pay for Modern LASIK at Parkhurst NuVision and save money at the same time. (Both of these are tax-free payment options).
A Flex Spending Account (FSA) is funded automatically using pre-tax dollars from your paycheck. FSAs are established through your employer.
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is different than an FSA in that an HSA is usually through your bank or financial institution. The money in the HSA is either deducted from your paycheck pre-tax, or you can make HSA deposits with post-tax dollars then deduct them when you do your taxes at the end of the year.
Whether you use an FSA or HSA for your vision correction, you take advantage of tax-free money to pay for your treatment. This means you’ll end up automatically saving hundreds of dollars using an FSA or HSA for LASIK. Both of these payment options are accepted at Parkhurst NuVision.
Is LASIK a Smart Buy for You?
We’ve talked about the cost and value of LASIK, some popular ways to pay for LASIK, and the financial and quality-of-life benefits that come with LASIK.
I’ll leave you with this.
You only have one life (duh). And you deserve to enjoy it as much as you can. Which is why millions of people have chosen to permanently change their vision with Modern LASIK or another advanced treatment.
Rather than asking “What’s the cost of having LASIK?” Our patients would tell you to ask, “What’s the cost of not having LASIK?”
It’s much higher than you may have thought.
To book a LASIK evaluation, find out of you qualify for a treatment, and discuss all your payment options, simply click here or call (210) 585-2020. We look forward to meeting you.