Is Laser Eye Surgery Worth the Cost?

Making the decision to have Laser Eye Surgery can be driven by a number of factors. From a sudden deterioration of vision to a growing impatience with external visual aids. But there is one thing that can be a huge sticking point for many – the cost.

There’s no getting around it – the best Laser Eye Surgery at a trusted, well-respected clinic doesn’t come cheap. And for some, it is hard to see the associated costs as being worth the investment in their vision.

Of course, many others find that the surgery pays for itself a million times over with the associated improvement in quality of life, convenience, and avoidance of the costs and practical efforts needed towards maintaining glasses or contact lenses. But is Laser Eye Surgery really worth the cost?

At the end of the day, weighing up the pros and cons of Laser Eye Surgery is a highly personal process. No one can decide what is best for you better than yourself. However, there are some factors that all potential patients should consider when making their final decision. So, in this article, we’re providing some insight into what you should consider when deciding whether or not to go ahead with treatment.

But before we get into the financial costs of Laser Eye Surgery, let’s take a closer look at some other potential factors that could play a role in your decision.

Laser Eye Surgery – A Potential Cost to Your Vision

Aside from the fees associated with Laser Eye Surgery, many people also worry about the potential outcomes they can expect. Not only does this include the level of improvement they may achieve, but also the risk of complications.

Thankfully, Laser Eye Surgery is considered to be among the safest electoral procedures in the world. The vast majority of patients experience successful treatment with no serious complications. Furthermore, those who do not achieve the desired visual acuity following surgery can often be treated with a simple enhancement procedure.

The likelihood of experiencing significant vision loss or other visual complications following Laser Eye Surgery is extremely low. According to an overview of LASIK procedures published by the American Refractive Surgery Council in 2016, over 90% of patients achieve perfect visual acuity (known as 20/20 vision).

At London Vision Clinic, we can do even better. Our results show that 98% of all short-sighted patients up to -12.00D treated at our Harley Street clinic achieve 20/20 vision. Furthermore, 93% of all long-sighted patients up to +7.25D also achieved 20/20 vision.

What Factors Affect the Cost of Laser Eye Surgery?

Since the introduction of Laser Eye Surgery in the 1980s, the technology used has become increasingly available, surgeons have gained more knowledge and expertise, and techniques have continuously evolved. Not only has this helped to make Laser Eye Surgery more suitable for more patients, but it has also made the treatment increasingly accessible in terms of cost.

Laser Eye Surgery costs have declined rapidly in the past, making it a more attractive and affordable option for correcting your vision. Having said this, there are a number of factors that can cause significant variations in the cost of the procedure.

For example, the extent of your prescription, the type of surgery required, as well as the location, reputation and outcomes of your chosen clinic can all affect the overall cost of treatment.

While high-street clinics are usually able to offer much lower prices than private clinics and hospitals, this is usually because there are shortcomings elsewhere. At London Vision Clinic, you can be sure that the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology and the world-class expertise of our experienced surgeons will give you the very best chance of achieving the best possible outcome for your vision.

What to Investigate When Comparing the Cost of Laser Eye Surgery

It is always a good idea to investigate the different costs between clinics when considering Laser Eye Surgery. This should include establishing exactly what is included in the final price. Many clinics charge for “extras” and “add-ons” that are already included in the price quoted by other clinics. But this isn’t all that should be considered.

The cost of Laser Eye Surgery usually depends on the type of Laser Eye Surgery, the clinic and the surgeon carrying out the procedure. We also recommend that you investigate: the surgeon, equipment, time, prescription, procedure, health insurance, finance options, admin and maintenance costs involved.

The Cost of Laser Eye Surgery Compared to Glasses and Contacts

Even the suggestion that Laser Eye Surgery could be cheaper than glasses or contact lenses will sound ludicrous to some – but the figures are likely closer than you might think.

According to recent figures, the average lifetime spend for a glasses- or contact lens-wearer in the UK is around £17,471. This includes the cost of glasses, contact lenses, and eye exams – but that’s still a hell of a lot of money for imperfect vision correction that can still prevent you from living your life to the fullest!

Find out more about the true cost of your glasses and contact lenses.

When weighing up whether Laser Eye Surgery is worth the cost, it can be helpful to look at the experiences of others who have opted for the procedure. So, let’s take a look at some of our most recent Trust Pilot reviews:

Peter (2023) – While LVC is at the upper end of the price range (my procedure cost £6900) it also isn’t hugely more expensive than the most affordable clinics when it comes to SMILE or LASIK procedures. The lengthy consultations, after-care, and general prestige, certainly cover the gap in cost to cheaper competitors.

I haven’t looked back for a moment, and couldn’t have been happier to have gone through corrective surgery, and to have chosen to make that journey with London Vision Clinic.

Yoonji (2019) – I had my laser eye surgery 7 months ago here and must say that it was the best decision I have made! I had really bad eyes and had been wearing my glasses for over 20 years, and so happy that I can finally get rid of them. Even though their cost is not cheap, but worths every penny. Very good experience and would highly recommend to the others.

So, if you decide that clear, glasses-free vision (and all the benefits that go with it) is worth the cost, get in touch with one of our friendly clinic coordinators or Book a Consultation today. 

Laser Eye Treatment Fees start from £5,900 for both eyes. Very complex treatments may cost more.

Interest-FREE finance available over THREE years, from £82 per month for both eyes, makes the best more flexible. Find out more.