Understanding the Costs of Lasik
Getting to know what is the expenses involved in getting Lasik
treatment done begins with knowing all about the surgery including
the methods employed and what the treatment expenses is to the clinic.
The start to the Lasik treatment begins with a screening session
that helps in evaluating whether the treatment is apt for you or
not. During this consultation, the counselor will try to gather
as much information as is possible about your previous medical history,
any conditions you are suffering from or have had in the past and
will collect information about the medicine you are presently taking
and the existing lens prescription.
You will also be made aware of the problems with your vision by
the counselor who will also inform you whether Lasik will help in
reducing the vision problems you are suffering from and whether
you are a good candidate for the procedure. If it is related to
you that you can go in for Lasik for your problems, you will even
be offered a choice of going in for Custom Lasik for your treatment.
If you are given the option for going in for treatment through
Lasik surgery, the charges towards treatment will be discussed with
you. You might even be told about the various methods by which the
payments can be completed. The charges that are given to you might
include the entire treatment expenses together with the charges
for follow up visits and further treatment, if any. Alternatively,
it may include a lot of clauses that will cost you extra if any
additional treatments need to be done.
There may be some choices for additional recommended procedures
like an option of occlusion using punctum plugs where plugs are
used to prevent the drain of tears into the nasal passage preventing
dry eye. As Lasik is thought out to be an elective procedure, it
is not covered by any insurance policy. But, it is advised to check
if your policy does cover the expenses of the treatment.
Another route to take if insurance does not help is to check if
the expenses can be reimbursed for which you can request for a breakup
of the expenses for the treatment. The clinic will justify all its
expenses saying it is a lifetime investment towards better vision.
This however, may not be true to every case that takes up treatment
through Lasik surgery. If expenses are huge criteria for you, it
is best to weigh all choices before consenting for treatment.
Assessment prior to Surgery
You will need to get a thorough assessment of your condition before
going in for the actual surgery. This usually takes about an hour
or two to complete and involves an eye exam where your pupils is
completely dilated. This is to ensure that you do not suffer from
any other condition of the eye apart from the reason for which you
are seeking Lasik treatment and will also give the surgeon additional
information about the degree of problems you are facing. Even the
state of the cornea is determined during this assessment.
The Actual Surgery
The duration required for the surgery is quite short and lasts
around half hour. The procedure starts with putting in eye drops
to anesthetize the eye after which the corneal flap is reflected
using a surgical knife. Then the inner parts of the cornea are reshaped
with an excimer laser and taking guidance from the measurements
taken in the pre-surgical assessment. After the process is complete,
the flap is placed back and the flap now conforms to the changed
shape of the cornea. The entire procedure is done on an outpatient
Follow up Visits
You will have been given information about when you need to come
down for follow up visits after the procedure. The first visit will
be a day following the procedure and then at regular intervals as
you will be advised. Usually, there will be around four follow up
visits in which healing and complications, if any will be evaluated.
The costs you incur for the treatment is better respected if you
think of it as a reimbursement to the clinic for the quality treatment
that they have provided to you rather than thinking it as money
out of your wallet. This is not a usual way to view the expense
but you will feel it is money well spent if you think of it in this
You should remember that while the clinic and the Lasik surgeon
is giving you treatment, they too are incurring certain expenditure
on your treatments and they too have certain overheads to meet.
Even the equipment used for the procedure does not come cheap as
it is highly state-of-the-art and very expensive. There is also
some maintenance required regularly for these equipments to function
well. There are lease payments taken out on the equipment and sometimes
there are royalties to pay for the manufacturers of the equipment.
Apart from this the clinic has to bear all overhead costs of running
their show which includes expenses like rent, equipment for the
office, staff salaries, advertising, indemnity insurance, etc that
all form a part and parcel of the charges incurred by you and every
other patient to the clinic.