Think about it for a moment. How many people do you know that wear glasses or contacts? Five? Ten? Maybe more?
According to the CDC, about 12 million people in the United States have some form of visual impairment. That’s a lot of prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses!
But it’s not as many as there used to be. A lot of this is thanks to LASIK becoming FDA approved in the 1990s.
Since that time, LASIK surgery has seen many medical and technological advances. As a result, LASIK is known to be a safe and reliable vision correction procedure.
LASIK seems so expensive
On the surface, the cost of LASIK may have you thinking, “Yeah, right…” just by glancing at the number. The average LASIK procedure is about $2,000 per eye.
It seems like a lot, but did you consider LASIK as an investment? If you wait until your thirties to get LASIK, you could save between $13,000 and $17,000 in your lifetime!
You can save that much because you no longer have to pay for prescription glasses or contact lenses. Think of all the things you could do with that money! It really adds up fast!
All it takes is about half an hour for your LASIK surgeon at Loden Vision Centers to change your life.
A one time LASIK cost or the cost you’ll always pay?
The cost of LASIK cost happens once. Though you can pay for your procedure using LASIK financing, once LASIK is paid off you don’t need to pay again.
Compare this to the costs associated with glasses and contacts. Even if your prescription hasn’t changed in a few years, you’ll eventually need new frames. Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses are an ongoing cost.
The bigger expense is if you wear contact lenses. You can only buy a certain amount at a time. You always need to get your prescription renewed every year, which isn’t cheap.
And let’s not forget having to buy your contacts in bulk for 6 months or a year. You could be spending almost $500, depending on how much you buy. Contacts are just the gift that keeps on giving, huh?
Consider your lifestyle
If you lead an active lifestyle, the truth is that contacts and glasses might not be a good fit. For example, you can’t wear them while snorkeling or scuba diving.
If you wanted to see well while scuba diving, you would have to buy corrective lenses for your mask. It’s hard to justify that cost.
Running with glasses is the worst too! They fog up, and if you’re sweating, they will slide down your nose. They may even fall right off your face accidentally!
Sure, you could wear contacts while you’re running instead. Contacts sometimes aren’t very cooperative.
They make your eyes dry, and they could tear or get stuck on your eye. These are not things you want to deal with when you’re trying to exercise!
Or you could have LASIK surgery and never have to worry about glasses or contacts again.
Why not LASIK?
LASIK is amazing! But before you start planning when you’ll get it, realize it’s not right for everyone. The best thing to do is undergo a LASIK consultation at Loden Vision Centers.
This is the only way to know if you truly are a LASIK candidate or not. If you are, we’ll discuss the procedure and how to prepare for it.
It’s okay to be a little nervous! We have performed thousands of LASIK procedures on happy patients, so you’re in good hands.
Ready to find out if LASIK should be in your future? Schedule your LASIK consultation at Loden Vision Centers in the Nashville area today!