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Refractive surgery costs money, and even people with vision coverage on their health insurance plans often find they cannot get insurance coverage for the surgery, which is considered cosmetic.
Refractive surgery clinics quote their prices per eye. It's a good idea not to choose the clinic with the lowest price. In some cases, unethical clinics will offer a low price -- $500 per eye, let's say -- but then find reasons why an individual patient will need to pay more.
In general, refractive surgery costs $1,800 to $2,200 per eye, depending on the procedure, the laser used, and the part of the country. Custom procedures will cost more. Less expensive clinics may cut costs by providing less-than-complete preoperative care and testing, or by charging separately for required medications.