Laser eye surgery costs vary depending on what type of treatment you have. You can expect to pay in the region of £500 per eye at least and the price can go up to around £2000 per eye. Your choice of treatment cannot be made solely on laser eye surgery cost; the optimum results that can be obtained depend on your individual eyesight and eye problems. A preliminary consultation allows an eye specialist to assess this and to advise you on the type of laser eye surgery that’s best for you.
This article on laser eye surgery is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Many private healthcare providers that offer laser eye surgery carry out this initial assessment free of charge. However, you will probably be asked to pay a deposit against the total laser eye surgery cost either just before, or just after the appointment. This deposit is usually around £30 but it can be £100 per eye for some types of treatment.
What do different types of laser eye surgery cost?
PRK – photorefractive keratectomy– is a well established technique that has been around for nearly 30 years. An ablative laser that uses ultraviolet light is used to reshape the surface of the cornea to help focus light and images coming into the eye directly onto the cornea. This can correct the problems that lead to both long and short sightedness. PRK tends to have a lower laser eye surgery cost than LASIK surgery, and you can expect to pay between £700 and £1000 per eye.
LASIK – laser assisted in situ keratomileusis – involves cutting away a thin flap of tissue from the front of the cornea. The laser is then directed onto the exposed part of the cornea to change its shape before the flap is put back in place. LASIK causes less pain than PRK and has superceded this older technique to a great extent. LASIK laser eye surgery costs between £850 and £1400 per eye.