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What Determines the Price of LASIK?

There are many factors that go into the cost of a LASIK procedure, including supplies, licensing fees for the software used to run the laser equipment, salaries for the doctor and office staff and facility and other costs. The laser equipment that the doctor uses costs thousands of dollars, and a licensing fee is charged each time a procedure is performed.

While some laser vision correction centers advertise low prices on LASIK, these generally aren’t customized Wavefront-guided procedures using a laser to make the corneal flap. The traditional LASIK performed by low-cost providers uses a microkeratome blade to make the corneal flap. Sonny Goel, M.D., a LASIK surgeon based in Baltimore, chooses all-laser LASIK for his patients.

“Most of us now perform blade-free LASIK,” said Dr. Goel. “The entire procedure is laser and computer driven. There’s no blade touching the eye. That’s meant huge improvements in safety, precision and predictability.”