Laser eye surgery corrects for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Lasik is performed by an ophthalmologist using a laser to reshape the cornea so you will no longer need eyeglasses or contact lenses. Most vision insurance plans do not cover this surgery because it is considered a cosmetic procedure. When a job requires vision without glasses or contact, this surgical procedure might qualify for a tax deduction.
Lasik is very expensive but worth the lifetime improvements. Many surgeons offer special financing arrangements. Your regular eye doctor / optometrist can recommend a ophthalmologist.
According to 2010 data, the average cost of the most advanced form of LASIK surgery performed in the United States in the first quarter of the year was $2,170 per eye.
If LASIK costs $4,340 for both eyes, that’s roughly 10 times the annual combined cost of contact lenses and solutions.
But that also means that after 10 years, LASIK surgery (if surgical results are stable and no additional laser treatment or eyeglasses are needed) becomes more economical than the cumulative cost of contact lens wear.