One of the most interesting conclusions of this report was that there was a fairly narrow cost range (about $300) for the final total cost of LASIK regardless which surgeon performed the procedure when using similar technology. While factors other than price should be more important when selecting an eye surgeon, this report showed that price was not a major differentiating point after all. Fortunately, this means that patients have the liberty to choose any refractive surgeon that they believe will be the most qualified for their once-in-a-lifetime vision correction procedure.
As of 2012, advertised Bay Area LASIK prices range from $499* per eye (*major restrictions apply!) to $3,200 per eye (prior to discounts). Why such a range? After disregarding “bait & switch” teaser rates, a few conclusions can be made about LASIK cost. First, more advanced laser technologies, such as Wavefront Technology or All Laser LASIK, cost more than standard technology. Second, surgeons who have more experience and are personally involved with direct patient care may charge more. Lastly, unpopular facilities may advertise discount surgery fees in attempt to boost surgery volume. Currently, one can realistically expect to spend between $3,000 to $5,000 total for LASIK in the Bay Area. With 2 year interest-free financing, this ranges from $125 to $206 per month, respectively, for 24 months.