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The Cost of Laser Eye Surgery

Aug 17, 2007
When considering laser eye surgery, there are a number of factors that should be taken into account. Some of those factors include what laser eye surgical clinic to choose. Choice of the clinic should be made based on your comfort level with various questions that are asked. Some of those questions can include their number of years in business, their success rate, the qualifications of the attending staff, etc.

Another important consideration when considering laser eye surgery is the cost. It is important to note a number of elements that can be associated with the cost of laser eye surgery. Some of these elements include the difference of the surgery from area to area, the full terms of having the laser eye surgery accomplished and the costs covered by any insurance.

Variation of Cost

It is important to note that the cost of laser eye surgery is not standardized. Therefore, the expense of having this surgery will vary from clinic to clinic and region to region. This variation of prices is due to a number of factors. Those factors include the use of upgraded technology in some surgical centers versus those clinics that have not upgraded their equipment.

An example of newer technology would be the use of wavefront. This particular technology is used to evaluate the refraction of the eye more precisely. The results allow the attending surgeon to further refine the surgical procedure. Other factors that add to the cost variation of laser surgery can include varying degrees of testing prior to the surgery being conducted, the cost of supplies, the overhead costs of the clinic, marketing fees, etc.

Full Disclosure

When considering laser eye surgery it is important that you understand the full financial terms of having this procedure conducted. Often, the price that is quoted, to have the procedure accomplished, is priced per eye. Also, in the advertisement or contract, it is important to read the fine print. In the fine print are qualifying statements that may indicate that the cost is based upon on the accomplishment of an average procedure. Embedded within the fine print may be the wording that cases involving a greater degree of correction may reflect additional costs.

Also, the full terms should reveal additional fees for any prescriptions that are required, use of any special eyeglasses or lenses following the surgery or follow-up visits. No one likes surprises therefore it is beneficial to have full financial disclosure prior to your eye surgery.

Insurance Coverage

It is important to note that many insurance plans that cover vision care do not include laser surgery as part of their coverage. The insurance companies' rationale is that this type of surgery is considered to be cosmetic in nature.

However, there are financing options available that are offered through lenders. Also, another dollar saving option is the possibility that your laser eye surgery may qualify as a tax deduction.
About the Author
Scott Fromherz owns and operates multiple websites. For more information about laser eye surgery go to http://www.lasik-basics.com/ or http://lasik-vision-correction.blogspot.com/
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