What Affects LASIK Cost?

July 11, 2018

If you are considering LASIK surgery, you may have compared prices between a few practices. Surgery can be a large investment, so you may want to do some research before committing to a quote. But, what affects these prices? LASIK prices can vary greatly depending on surgeon skill, the technology used, your vision prescription and more.

iLASIK™ Technology

The term iLASIK is used to designate a provider as having the most current upgrades available for the acclaimed VISX™ platform used in vision correction surgery.  The iLASIK™ method used at Piedmont Eye Center is The Custom Blade-Free IntraLase Method™ with Iris Registration™. This means patients are getting 100% laser (blade-free) approach to custom LASIK treatment, using the very latest in software and hardware upgrades currently available.

Sometimes having customized treatment is associated with added cost for patients.  However, we at Piedmont Eye Center have elected to not charge any additional fee. This allows us to tailor the treatment to the needs of our patient, rather than have cost a deciding factor. This is in line with most, not all, practices as a 2017 survey of U.S. eye surgeons shows that 77 percent said they charge the same fee regardless of which type of laser vision correction procedure and technology is used.

Other Factors

The computerized equipment required to perform both the surgery and diagnostic tests can vary in price, which can be reflected in the procedure price. Other costs may include:

  • Medications and disposable supplies used during the surgery
  • Royalty fees that must be paid to the laser manufacturer each time a procedure is performed with the laser
  • Overhead for the surgery center, including office personnel and surgery staff
  • Professional liability (medical malpractice) insurance for the surgeon and surgical center

Some practices charge for the LASIK pre-op comprehensive eye exam. Our office has elected to waive this charge so that patients don’t feel pressured for surgery. Our goal is to inform by way of a thorough examination so that patients can make an educated decision without feeling obligated in any way.  

Many surgeons will offer free enhancement surgery, up to a year after the initial surgery, if it is needed.

Ask Questions

If you have concerns about what is included in your price, ask! Don’t be afraid to know exactly what you are paying for. Questions can include:

  • What is included in the price?
  • What is not?
  • May I have a written quote with everything itemized?
  • Is the price quoted for one eye or both eyes? (Technically, one procedure equals one eye, even if both eyes will be corrected on the same day.)
  • What will I have to pay for in the unlikely event of complications  or if enhancement surgery becomes necessary?
  • What will be the cost of prescription medications (such as anti-inflammatories and antibiotics)?
  • How many follow-up visits will I need to make, and at what cost?

Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable with what you are paying for.

Bargain Prices?

You may see ads promising LASIK for less, but it is likely that these prices have stipulations. For instance, the price may only cover surgery to correct for mild nearsightedness. If you have farsightedness, astigmatism or higher levels of nearsightedness, the cost may be more. Also, the price may not cover all associated fees. For example, follow up visits or enhancement surgery may not be included. Lastly, your procedure may be performed with older technology. While this may not be a bad thing, it may mean you are not receiving custom or all-bladeless LASIK surgery.

If you want to learn more about the cost of LASIK at Piedmont Eye Center, as well as how affordable payments can be, be sure to check out our LASIK Calculator. If you would like to schedule a consultation, let us know!

What Our Patients Think

  • Ben Crosswhite / OWNER, CROSSWHITE FITNESS
    I couldn't recommend a better doctor, a better facility, and I'm so glad I did it.
  • Brenda Edson in front of a brick home
    Brenda Edson /
    "I could not have asked for a better experience at Piedmont Eye Center. From my very first visit, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in me."
  • Bobby Moore /
    "I wish I would have done it many years ago now."
  • Bryan Mitchell outside of a football stadium
    Bryan Mitchell / ANALYST
    "My vision was the best it had been since I was a teen. I had my LASIK surgery performed almost 2 years ago, and it is as good today as it was then."
  • Caroline Trexler /
    "They ensured that the entire process from preliminary appointments to follow up visits went seamlessly – the perfect team that gave me perfect vision."
  • Charles / RETIRED COMMANDER , UNITED STATES NAVY
    "All and all, this has been a very pleasant and beneficial period for me. I recommend it highly for anyone in a similar situation.'
  • Cynthia Stewart standing outside
    Cynthia /
    "I feel almost like a new person It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning and be able to actually see across the room without fumbling for my glasses. "
  • Frances / RETIRED
    "Dr. Ceballos has always been very positive, clarifying everything medically, never leaving me in doubt and has always made me feel special and important."
  • Guy / RETIRED
    "The procedure was painless, and now I’m happy to say I only wear glasses to read. I have 20/20 vision in my left eye and 20/25 in my right. "
  • Janice Bloom standing in front of a tree
    Janice Bloom / ADMISSIONS DATABASE & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
    "Dr. Bowers and his staff treated me with the utmost in professional care, making sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process."
  • Barbara / RETIRED
    "The procedure was pain free and I am so pleased with the results. It was money well spent and it is unbelievable how clear and colorful everything is. I want to tell Dr. Bowers and his staff how grateful I am."
  • Jerome / RETIRED
    "Doctor Vogel has treated me professionally as has his staff. They have been caring and have answered my questions to my satisfaction."
  • Jon Dupin standing outside of a brick home
    Jon Dupin / PASTOR
    "LASIK is not just a medical advancement to me; it’s a miracle"
  • Josh Brewer / HUMANITARIAN AID
    "Because of Dr. Bowers and his team at Piedmont Eye Center, my everyday life is now a whole lot easier. "
  • Judy Bowman / MISSIONARY
    "My experience of having Laser Vision Correction was fantastic. Dr. Bowers and all his staff are so knowledgeable and professional, yet very personal, warm, caring, and friendly."
  • Lucy standing in a classroom
    Lucy /
    "Dr. Bowers and his team were very comforting. The next morning, I opened my eyes and was able to see the alarm clock across the room, which I was never able to see before. It was a miracle!"
  • Martha Ann / GRANDMOTHER
    "It is a wonderful feeling to have no RX lenses. I want to thank Dr. Bowers and the Surgery Center for the freedom I feel.”
  • Monica Shelton / Featured Patient
    "Everyone told me what they were going to be doing to me and what to expect every step of the way. My experience with Piedmont Eye Center and Dr. Bowers and the whole LASIK team was awesome!"
  • Adelia / RETIRED
    "God led me to Dr. Vogel. He is absolutely the most wonderful doctor in the world. Not only is he a great doctor, he is a great ‘people person’. You always feel safe with him."
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    Penny Abbott / Financial Consultant
    "From the great staff who helped me, to the simplicity of setting up my flexible spending account, to my complete satisfaction and enjoyment of having clear sight, this has been an easy process."
  • Sallie Bloom / SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
    "The staff at Piedmont eased my nerves and the procedure was swift and smooth."
  • Sue Earsing and lasik eye surgery
    Sue / CHIROPRACTOR
    "I have always seen the world through glasses or contacts, so the sharpness of vision I have now was never there before."
  • Tim / NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPION
    “Dr. Bowers not only met my expectations, he surpassed them. I had no idea that vision like this was possible. I no longer struggle in the shadows of a course- everything is clearer.”
  • Troy Doss
    Troy Doss / ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT JEFFERSON FOREST
    "Piedmont Eye Center takes care of the little things to make LASIK a comfortable process."
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