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Patients who are considering custom laser eye surgery are likely investigating this type of procedure because of the greater probability for success combined with the diminished possibility for complications. However, patients who are interested in this type of procedure should also realize they will pay a premium for this type of procedure. There are a couple of reasons why patients can expect to pay more for custom laser eye surgery than they would for traditional LASIK. Higher success rates are one of the reasons for this increased cost, but surprisingly it is not the only reason. The other significant reason is, in most cases, the surgeon is required to pay a fee to the device manufacturer for each use of the device.
According to statistical data for the year 2004, patients were charged $200 to $500 more per eye for custom laser eye surgery than they would have paid for traditional LASIK. However, savvy patients realize this increased cost is not as important as the opportunity to undergo a safer and more precise procedure which is customized to their own specific needs for vision correction.