Make Your Investment In LASIK Count

By , September 24th, 2013

The decision to permanently improve your vision through Blade-Free LASIK surgery is an important investment in your future. And like any major investment, before you agree to move forward, you will want to do some research. What are you best options? Do you understand the terms, risks and benefits? Are you comfortable with the safety and cleanliness of the facility, the courtesy of the staff and the professionalism and expertise of the surgeon?

While the cost of LASIK surgery is an important part of your decision-making process, it shouldn’t be your top priority. As any successful business executive will tell you, a bid that comes in too low for a major project should be treated with healthy skepticism. The same philosophy should be applied to a medical procedure as critical as permanent vision correction.

Quality & Integrity

Remember the old adage you get what you pay for? It’s true for LASIK surgery just as it would be for any item or service that has value. Your eyesight is not a luxury, it’s a precious resource that you count on day in and day out. You want to make sure that the vision care center you choose for your procedure has an excellent reputation with many satisfied customers.

How do you weigh the cost of the procedure against the value of what you will receive? Here are some questions to ask before you make your final decision:

  • How long has the facility been in operation?
  • How many years has the surgeon been in practice?
  • How many LASIK surgery procedures has he or she performed? What is his success rate?
  • What kind of technology will be used? (And is All-Laser LASIK the standard for all LASIK procedures?)
  • Are enhancements, if needed, considered part of the cost?
  • Are there any additional fees that you should know about?

Discounted Prices, Advertised Sales & More

It’s always tempting to look for a bargain. Who doesn’t appreciate an amazing low price? But proceed cautiously. A rock bottom price for LASIK could mean that the vision care center is cutting corners or hasn’t bothered to keep up with the latest technology. Besides the skill of the surgeon, the quality of the technology is absolutely vital to the outcome of your vision correction. Every generation of new medical equipment is a step up in precision, accuracy and speed. Why is this important? It can make a significant difference in your outcome, including how sharp and clear your vision is after surgery and whether you will have any complications.

For instance, a vision clinic may run a “sale” to get customers in the door, but somehow, by the time the consultation is done, the patient has been convinced that a costly upgrade is the right way to go. Or there may be hidden charges, fees or exclusions that are part of the fine print and easily overlooked.

The bottom line is you want to be sure that the vision care center you select is honest, has integrity and does not have a reputation for deceptive business practices.

Arranging for Affordable Financing

So you’ve made the decision, selected the right vision care center for your needs and now you’re looking forward to having the procedure done. But there may still be a few concerns about how to balance your finances, especially in today’s economy. Because LASIK surgery is not usually covered by healthcare insurance plans, affordable financing with convenient payment plans is the answer. Payment plans that fit every budget are available, including plans that offer zero or low interest rates spread out over several months.

Here is one more consideration when it comes to the cost of LASIK. Think of the cost you have incurred over the years wearing glasses or contact lenses – the years of investment in new lenses, designer frames, prescription sunglasses, as well as supplies for contact lenses. That can add up to thousands of dollars. And just think, with Blade-Free LASIK surgery, freedom from corrective eyewear is a reality, and a cost-effective option, for many patients.

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