Why does the price of laser eye treatment vary so much?

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You know the feeling.

You browse the shops on a Saturday afternoon and come across what you believe is an absolute bargain — a steal in fact.

Hoping the assistant doesn’t realise the blatant mistake on the price tag, you approach the counter all inconspicuously and get out your money to pay.

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To your great surprise and delight, they don’t say a word. You rush home to try out your new purchase and soon begin to understand there was a reason it was marked down.

Whether it’s a dress with seams that suddenly start fraying, a blender that won’t even blend a banana, or a mobile phone that performs like something from the 20th century — whatever it is and whatever problem it has, it’s usually down to one thing: low quality.

The old saying you get what you pay for has stuck around for good reason. Poor quality; bad craftsmanship; cheap materials — there’s always a reason a business markets a product or service at a low price. And in the case of Laser Eye Surgery providers, this couldn’t be truer.

Just like in clothes retail where you have a mixture of low-end and high-end brands, in the Laser Eye Surgery market you have everything from cost-cutting high street providers right up to celebrity-frequenting private clinics.

There are two business models at play here: one which puts price first and offers low-cost treatments with the aim of cycling through a high volume of clients; and another which puts quality first and charges a fee based on the actual costs of an individual patient’s treatment.

While the former model makes a profit by enticing masses of customers with deals and bargains, much like a fast food outlet, the latter is built on providing high-quality laser eye treatments and experiences at the individual level.

There’s room for both business models in the world of catering, but in the arena of medical care and surgical procedures, there is clearly only one that can work.

Unlike nipping to the local fast food joint to grab a quick bite to eat, heading to the high street for cut-price Laser Eye Surgery is a decision that will stick with you for the rest of your life. It may appear like you’re saving in the short-term, pocketing a few hundred or even thousands of pounds, but ultimately the patient is the one who loses out.

You see, when a clinic focuses on the bigger picture, rather than individual patients, they can’t help but overlook many factors which are crucial to ensuring safe and successful surgical outcomes:

Comprehensive Initial Consultations

Considered the most important part of the Laser Eye Surgery process, the initial consultation is when your vision is assessed, measured, and evaluated to determine exactly what kind of treatment you need.

The quality of consultations varies greatly among clinics, with some turning away up to 20 percent of patients due to being unequipped to handle more complex cases. To gain an adequate reading of your eyes and ensure the best possible treatment plan is drawn up, this stage should take several hours and include a full optometrist assessment and ophthalmic exam.

Thorough Safety Protocols

Quality control and safety tests are an important part of every procedure and should never be compromised due to meet time or budget requirements. High-quality Laser Eye Surgery clinics check and re-check a patient’s measurements, the surgical equipment, and the instruments before performing the procedure and therefore keep risk to an absolute minimum.

Up-to-date Technology

It goes without saying that the higher-end of the market is where you’ll find the latest technology. Less known is that the lower in cost you go, the greater the chance the clinic is using yesterday’s technology.

In an attempt to further keep their costs down, many high street providers use older laser equipment. This can mean greater risk of complications, some discomfort during the procedure, and longer recovery times.

Personalised Care & Treatment Plans

In the low-cost high-volume model the top priority of the business is their bottom line. Therefore patients are in and out as quick and trouble-freely as possible.

Unfortunately, this can mean generic treatment plans that are ready to administer and sub-standard care that is as personal as a big mac. Opting for a Laser Eye Surgery provider at the higher end of the market not only means a better quality experience with more staff to cater to your needs but a uniquely tailored treatment plan — the only way to adequately address the unique imperfections of your eyes.

If you’d like to book a consultation with us, or find out more about the costs of Laser Eye Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.

Why does the price of laser eye treatment vary so much?

2 Comments
  1. Alison Sinclair 20/10/2016 at 22:41

    This sounds as though you will be far more expensive than the two well known companies. Although I want the best – I am a bit scared of your prices, so can you tell me how much you are likely to charge. I can never remember whether I am short or long sighted but probably both now. I started off with reading glasses, now mid range is poor and distanced not as good as it used to be. I wear varifocals

    • Bethany Kingsley 21/10/2016 at 09:16

      Hi Alison,
      Thank you for your comment. As a private clinic, we are more expensive than high street chains. This is due to the surgical expertise and technology we have here in the clinic. We are transparent with our fees and only have two categories here. The standard category which is a fee of £4,900 and the Hi-Profile category which is a fee of £6,500. We do not have any price add-ons and this will be the fee you pay. The category you fall under depends on various things, such as your prescription or pupil size. You have mentioned you wear varifocals so Laser Blended Vision sounds like it would be a great option for you. https://www.londonvisionclinic.com/2008/12/laser-blended-vision/. Looking into Laser Eye Surgery and where to go can be a daunting prospect with a lot of information. I would recommend reading our UK Guide to Laser Eye surgery (request this from our website) for a base knowledge to then go and discover what you are looking for in a clinic. One of the main factors is making sure you are comfortable with your surgeon and his level of expertise. Please do not hesitate to contact the clinic if you have any questions. We are here to make sure that you have all the facts before choosing to proceed.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

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