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Is Lasik Laser Eye Surgery Worth the Money?

Lasik Eye Surgery CostFor some people, laser eye surgery (Lasik) would be worth the money no matter what the cost, such is their desire to free themselves of their glasses or contact lenses. For people who already have perfect eyesight, they really can never understand how frustrating it is to have poor vision. Laser eye surgery ( offers a solution for this, but for the vast majority of people they need to decide whether or not they can afford to have the treatment.

Average Cost of Laser Eye Surgery

You are likely to have heard advertisements on the television or radio making claims such as ‘laser eye surgery from $500’ but can you really get laser eye surgery for this price? The first thing to point out is that the price you hear quoted is per eye which is not always made clear. Furthermore, this ‘from price’ only relates to a very limited range of prescriptions which most people are unlikely to be suitable for. The average cost of laser eye surgery is about $1600 per eye and this is taking into account the full range of prescriptions.  Very high prescriptions should probably expect to pay higher as you may have to have more specialist treatments.

Is Laser Eye Surgery Worth the Money?

You can probably look at this in 2 ways, one of which is from a financial view point and the other is from an emotional one. These can be explained as follows:

Emotional: If you have always hated wearing glasses/contact lenses and you find it is significantly reducing the quality of your life then this makes laser eye surgery even more valuable to you.

Financial: You could literally do the maths and work out if having laser eye surgery makes financial sense. For example if you spend $500 on glasses and contact lenses each year and the total cost for your laser eye surgery is $2000 then you could say that you will have paid for the cost of your laser eye treatment in 4 years which to most people would make sense!

In summary, the value of laser eye surgery really does depend on what your motives are for having the treatment. Remember this is a surgical procedure and is not a decision you should rush into without fully doing your research. It is fair to say that most people who have successfully had their vision corrected with laser eye surgery, never wish they had spent their money elsewhere.

Tim Harwood is an optometrist who has been in practice for 8 years and has a specialist interest in laser eye surgery. As a result of lots of his patients complaining they found laser eye surgery confusing he decided to set up a website specialising in this area. The website name is


  1. John @ Lasik

    October 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

    As good as it sounds Lasik surgery is not a miracle. However recently more patients have complained about the consequences of eye laser treatment in the US. Blurred vision or dry eyes is minor, but some of others have a glare and double-vision which have led to depression and in some cases suicide. It is important to realise what the surgery implies, there is a risks of failure.

  2. Lasik Augenklinik

    December 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Wow! What can I say! I got my surgery 1 month and 2 weeks ago and last night, I was crawling into bed when I just glanced into the bathroom at the alarm clock my hubby keeps on his side of the sink in the bathroom. I don’t know for sure but, I don’t think with my glasses I would have been able to see the time on that clock. Post-op, I could see it. There was a minor pulling feeling in my right eye while reading that clock only because that eye was the worst, 20/50 nearsighted and a slight case of farsightedness with a high level of astigmatism. Given that problem, it is having to learn how to move from near to far and was slightly over-corrected (not a bad thing). So, there is this minor distortion when I am reading something from a distance. My doc has told me that will correct itself and I am not worried. Anyway, your question about whether the cost is worth it? YES! YES! YES! I would pay double or more what I paid to be seeing the way I am. By the way, I am seeing 20/15 as of my last post-op follow up and, I won’t know until June but, I think that it may be 20/10 now. I never knew it was possible to see better than 20/20 but, I am living proof that it is! Lasik was the best thing I ever did for myself.
    As for problems, your eyes may get dry pretty easily for the first month but, even after 2 weeks post-op, the dryness gets better. I find that my dryness depends on where I am. I have humidifiers at home so, my eyes stay pretty moist there but, at work, they get a little drier. No big deal. It has gotten better since last week and I look forward to how much better it will be next week.

  3. T Harwood

    November 6, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Hey health step,

    Unfortunately there is no chance you could have laser eye surgery if you have keratoconus. The hard lenses are definitely uncomfortable but this will improve over time. Eventually you wont even feel that they are in your eye.

    Good luck!

  4. Healthy Step

    November 5, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I would have wanted to go for LASIK but I am having early keratoconus, for which I have been given hard contact lenses and told to refrain from LASIK. The vision is good but astigmatism is not fully resolved even with the lenses :(
    And yes they are damn irritating to the eyes at times.

  5. Jarret Morrow

    September 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Well, I also chose the PRK procedure instead of Lasik. It’s worked very well for me. I’ve had perfect vision since 2006. thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  6. well

    September 24, 2010 at 9:37 am

    PRK or Wavelength or Wavefront (can’t remember the exact name and I’m too lazy to google it) are the surgery you want if you do ANY sort of physical activity as far as I’m concerned.

    Your other option is the implanting of a corneal ring on your eye which is done less often but is the only option if you have any sort of astigmatism I believe. The “lasik” procedure will always and forever have reduced the tissue of your eye, an absolute worst case scenario would be a car accident and the actual cut line flips open. (that’s how it was explained to me by three different surgeons) I got PRK because Wavelength/front wasn’t available at the time I did it. I got 9 years of perfect sight, recently one of the eyes seems to be degrading somewhat so I may need a touch up, who knows haven’t been in to talk to the doctor at all.

  7. Jarret Morrow

    September 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Steve, I think we counted once, and there maybe five people out of just over 100 in my medical school class who didn’t require corrective vision. Several decided to either choose Lasik or PRK (PRK was popular at the time among my classmates for fear of night halos). All have had great results. I was surprised at how quick the procedure was.

  8. Tim Harwood

    September 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Project Swole,

    Prk is a far less common procedure as the recovery time is longer compared with Lasik. Most people can be back to normal activities 24-48 hours after Lasik whereas it can be up to 1 week following PRK. The visual results are the same for both procedures so most people only have PRK if they are advised to by their surgeon. Examples of when you may be advised to have PRK is if you are involved in contact sports or you have thin corneas. Overall most people agree its worth spending the money when you consider the life time spend on glasses and lenses! feel free to ask me any questions.

  9. Project Swole

    September 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve been thinking about getting the Lasik for years now, since back when people used to go to Canada for the op because it was like 20% cheaper. Haven’t heard too much about the PRK. I’ll have to check that out too. I wear glasses most of the time, but have to put in contacts when I train… or getting sweaty at all. I HATE being sweaty with glasses on.

    • Lasik laser

      November 29, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      Before surgery I couldn’t see anything clearly without glasses. Even worse, all outdoor activities were a strain. Needless to say I couldn’t score many points playing basketball. At work I wasn’t able to use a computer for more than an hour before I started getting head aches. This not only affected my performance but also my attitude. Now that I’ve had the surgery I finally have a full field of vision during every waking hour. Being able to walk outside with no glasses or contacts and seeing everything is amazing. I highly recommend a Lasik laser surgery.

  10. Jarret Morrow

    September 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Tim, I chose to undergo laser eye surgery about four years ago. Growing up, I didn’t need glasses. After undergrad though, I started to need them. I really didn’t like wearing glasses and contact lenses irritated my eyes.

    I chose the PRK procedure instead of lasik. The PRK procedure does take far longer to recover from than Lasik. I’m really happy with the results now for sure. The hardest part for me was getting used to being able to clearly read the alarm clock when I wake up in the morning. ;)

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