Will My Insurance Cover LASIK Surgery?
Written by Shannon Wong on December 18, 2016
The eye experts at Austin Eye have helped thousands of patients achieve crisp, clear vision with LASIK. Understandably, one of the first questions that comes up during a LASIK consultation at Austin Eye is “Can my health insurance cover my LASIK surgery?” In this blog post, we answer the question in detail.
LASIK and Health Insurance
Most health insurance companies do not consider LASIK and other refractive surgeries (e.g., PRK) to be medically necessary and therefore do not cover the cost of such procedures. This is because glasses and contact lenses can correct the same vision problems (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) that LASIK treats.
Beware of “Discount LASIK”
The cost of LASIK varies depending on the surgeon performing the procedure and the amount of vision correction needed, ranging from about $1,000 to $4,000 per eye. Because of the large upfront cost of LASIK, many patients are inclined to look for discounted LASIK prices. Though cost is an important factor, the eye experts at Austin Eye would like encourage patients to beware of “discount” or “bargain” LASIK. Many LASIK surgeons are able to perform LASIK at a discounted price because they utilize older, outdated technology. While older technology is not necessarily unsafe, newer, more advanced technology does offer more precise LASIK results with less risk of complications. Remember, your eyesight is one of your most valuable assets. Choosing a board certified LASIK surgeon who uses the most advanced technology drastically increases your chances of excellent visual results.
Austin Eye Offers Financing
Despite the upfront cost of LASIK, many patients see the procedure as well worth the investment. At Austin Eye, we are committed to helping all of our patients see clearly again. We offer several financing options to help you pay for your procedure, including CareCredit. To learn more about your financing options, please speak to a member of our friendly staff today.
Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Austin Eye by calling our North office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.