How much could Laser Eye Surgery save you
What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
For most people, the answer to this question will be something they bought like a house, that fancy SUV, or a wedding ring. For others, it will be an experience, like that month-long journey on the trans-Siberian express, or the time you put on the best party ever to celebrate someone’s birthday or an anniversary.
These investments are the most common for a reason — they’re some of the best ways to spend our hard-earned time and money. But they come with a bit of a downside too.
No matter if it’s a central London flat or a luxury retreat in Hawaii, ultimately, they’re not ours. In other words, you can’t take them with you everywhere you go and, whether it’s a few minutes or a few decades, there comes a time when you forget about or disown them completely.
A smart investment, then, is something that, no matter where you go or how much time has passed, still stays with you. It’s for this reason that Laser Eye Surgery is one of the smartest investments you can make.
Despite this, and the fact that many people would love to improve their eyesight, there can still be much resistance to investing in Laser Eye Surgery.
A Daily Mail poll demonstrated this. Over half of the people who responded said that the biggest factor preventing them from improving their eyesight with Laser Eye Surgery was cost.
Laser Eye Surgery certainly isn’t cheap. But as a procedure that involves adjusting one of the most complex organs in the body, which also happens to be one of your most precious senses, you wouldn’t want it to be.
The very reason Laser Eye Surgery costs so much is because of the attention to making it as safe, comfortable, and effective as possible. It is this dedication to such high quality that has helped it become one of the most common and effective surgical treatments by far.
Laser Eye Surgery is a big, life-changing investment that warrants serious consideration. So let’s begin our dive into its costs by first taking a closer look at how it compares to other modes of vision correction.
The costs of glasses and contacts vs Laser Eye Surgery
When considered over the short term, the cost of contacts and glasses can seem like a small investment. But as you use your vision every single day, you have to take a long term approach if you want to find out how much they really cost you.
Let’s say your choice of vision correction is contact lenses. On average, wearing lenses every day can cost around £180 a year (£55 for six months supply of lenses, £50 for cleaning solution and £25 or an annual eye test). If you wear daily contacts, that could rocket up to as much as £500 per year.
To put that into perspective, if you do this for 25 years (not recommended as contacts are a temporary, short-term aid), you would spend between £4500 and £10,000+.
Of course, most people don’t wear contacts for this long — they use a mix of both glasses and contacts. Whereas this is a bit better for your eye health, it can still end up costing you a small fortune.
On the low-end, glasses can cost you around £200 every two years. On the high end — well, with designer rims and the tendency to lose or break them, there is no limit. By these figures, wearing glasses alone for 25 years could cost you at least £2500.
Laser Eye Surgery, on the other hand, typically costs £2,500+ per eye. Compared to wearing a mix of contacts and glasses, by having Laser Eye Surgery you can start saving money as soon as ten to fifteen years.
If you wear disposable contacts every day, then this is reduced even further and you would break even after just over six years.
These figures are rough estimates and there is no set figure on how soon you could be saving. Particularly as the cost of lenses depends on your prescription. As a general rule, if you use both contacts and glasses, then you will save the most from Laser Eye Surgery.
The cost of cheap Laser Eye Surgery
As you might have seen when browsing the market, it is possible to have Laser Eye Surgery for less than £2000 per eye.
However, as mentioned earlier, Laser Eye Surgery is not a cheap procedure to perform. When done properly with the latest technology and high-quality care, it should cost at least £5000 per patient.
It’s for this reason that anything less than £1000 per eye for surgery should be seriously questioned and approached with caution. For instance, if a provider is able to offer treatment at this price, it means they are cutting corners somewhere.
There are several ways a Laser Eye Surgery provider can cut corners to reduce their prices. One way is by packing as many treatments into one day as possible. This can overwork surgeons and naturally mean less time and care spent with each patient.
Other ways include using outdated technology and/or excluding essential parts of the process. Some clinics have one upfront cost that covers everything you need. But by charging extra for everything from pre-surgery tests to post-surgery aftercare, providers can entice patients through the door only to surprise them later with costly added extras.
Of course, no matter how you phrase it, Laser Eye Surgery still has a large upfront cost. This shouldn’t be a barrier that prevents patients from accessing high-quality care, and so some clinics offer 0% finance for as long as 24 months.
This way clear, unrestricted vision is affordable to all, and you can make what is sure to be one of the greatest investments of your life without it having a sudden impact on your pocket.
To find out more about how much Laser Eye Surgery could save you or to book your consultation, leave us a comment or get in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators today.