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When evaluating laser eye surgery costs, it is important to carefully consider all of the costs associated with the procedure. This is important because there may be hidden costs associated with the procedure. Some of the hidden laser eye surgery costs may include temporary corrective eyewear, prescriptions, office visits and emergency care.
In some cases, temporary corrective eyewear may be necessary. Most patients enjoy the benefits of corrected vision within days of undergoing the procedure, however, some patients do not see immediate results and may have to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses for a short period of time. Some surgeons may include this cost, while others may require patients to pay for these items separately.
The cost of prescriptions can also increase the overall costs of laser eye surgery. Again, some surgeons may include these prescriptions with the cost of the procedure while others may require patients to purchase these prescriptions separately. Therefore, it is important to understand how much these prescriptions will cost and whether or not they are included in the price the surgeon quotes for each eye.
Office visits can also be a factor to consider when considering laser eye surgery costs. Patients will likely be required to attend a number of pre-operative and post-operative office visits. If these visits are not included in the cost of the surgery, they can add up very quickly.
Finally, emergency care and follow up procedures can increase the overall costs of laser eye surgery if they are needed. It is important to discuss the possibility for the need for emergency care and follow up procedures beforehand to be sure you understand your surgeon's policies on the cost of these services.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|